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The main players in the legal profession in the United States are lawyers and judges, whose basic tasks are to interpret and apply the law. Lawyers explain the law to their clients, advise them concerning the status of their cases, and act on their behalf in legal proceedings. Judges preside over court proceedings and make judgments concerning how laws are to be applied. Supporting these main players are paralegals, legal secretaries, court reporters, bail bondsmen, process servers, and other specialists who each play an important role in the legal system. A paralegal assists the lawyer by doing some of the vital background work that needs to be accomplished, such as interviewing witnesses, conducting research, and examining documents. Since lawyers charge far more per hour than paralegals, and lawyers’ expertise is much more focused, paralegals have assumed many more responsibilities previously reserved for the lawyer, and needs more education and experience than in years past. Paralegals also receive higher salaries than they once did.
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