Being a “para legal” — working beside those in the high-profile legal profession — sounds challenging, exciting, putting one in the middle of the action. The paralegal field is all of that and more — it is client relations, teamwork, and problem solving. Simply put, a paralegal is a lawyer's assistant. Paralegals are specifically educated and trained to perform legal tasks delegated to them by a lawyer, tasks that require specific legal knowledge greater than that possessed by the typical legal secretary. Understanding the key aspects of the paralegal profession is the first step in determining if becoming a paralegal is right for you.