ERIC Number: ED124706
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
The Significance of Paralegals in the Legal Services Program.
National Paralegal Inst., Washington, DC.
One of the training materials prepared by the National Paralegal Institution (NPI) under a Federal grant, the report analyzes the paralegal role in Legal Services and addresses the need for clear information and statistics on paralegals, or legal assistants. Section 1, Current Knowledge on Paralegals, consists of: a summary of the paralegal movement in public/private law, a statistical profile of paralegals (based on two national survey questionnaires sent by NPI to project directors and to Legal Services paralegals), a survey of 14 Legal Services projects which utilize paralegals, and an outline of funding sources for paralegal positions. Section 2, Designing and Implementing a Paralegal Utilization Plan, provides guidelines for projects which currently employ or anticipate the employment of paralegals. It covers: caseload analysis; types of paralegal functions; structuring employment and utilization; recommended recruiting, screening, and testing devices; and orientation-apprenticeship. Section 3, Training and Supervision Options and Models, examines Legal Services paralegal training, models for orientation and supervision, and training options/models for larger projects. Section 4 concludes with recommendations to the Community Services Administration and the Legal Services Corporation. The two NPI questionnaires, a model training session schedule, and a listing of publications and video tapes available from NPI are appended. (EA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Paralegal Inst., Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see CE 007 236-247