I get asked that question a lot when I go to networking and CLE events. Before I answer it, it’s good to know what a local government entity is. Local government typically includes municipalities, counties, special districts and any political subdivision of the state.
As part of their work, local government paralegals draft resolutions, ordinances, enabling legislations and policies. When drafting ordinances, they must follow a specific format which includes underline and strikethrough for new and deleted text. They may also be involved with code enforcement. For example, if a paralegal work for a special magistrate, the paralegal may draft code enforcement orders.
Local government is a good field for paralegals who like legal research. I research and write memos on a weekly basis. I often have to look up ordinances, statutes, case law, Attorney General Opinions and rules specific to government entities such as ethics and public records rules. Topics vary widely from shopping cart nuisance to sale of alcohol for special events. Research also consist of looking up public records. I often search for real property or corporate information.
Local government encompasses other practice areas like litigation and real estate. Local government paralegals may be involved in eminent domain cases, non-ad valorem assessment litigation, bond validation proceedings, zoning issues and land purchase by developers.
Paralegals who work in this practice area are employed by local government law firms or directly by local government entities. Although employment may be hard to find, especially in a slow economy, I highly suggest this type of practice area for paralegals who like drafting, legal research, politics, and have an impact in their local community.
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