By: Joel Irving

According to the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, the freelance paralegal, also known as a contract paralegal, is no different than a traditional paralegal except to the extent that an attorney in a traditional setting such as a law firm, governmental entity or corporation does not employ him. Rather, many supervising attorneys in these settings retain a freelance paralegal on an as-needed basis. Freelance paralegals are educated and qualified to perform paralegal work just the same as traditionally employed paralegals.

Paralegals who are tired of the long commute to the office and paralegals that just want to want to spend more time at home with their children; are setting up shop at home. Freelance paralegals are servicing attorney clients all over the country. With an abundance of available technology, it has never been easier to become a freelance paralegal. Everything that can be done in a brick and mortar law office can be done, conveniently, from the comfort of your home office.


  1. This is an excellent summary of the benefits of being a freelance paralegal or engaging the services of one. I just wanted to emphasize again that such work has to be performed under the supervision of an attorney and that the attorney should have the final glance and approval. I am a freelance paralegal and am disturbed when I see individuals or companies promoting themselves to the general public, which is clearly in violation of the bar association rules. As freelance legal support professionals, which have to ensure that we adhere strictly to those rules so as not to even faintly engage in the unauthorized practice of law.

    I applaud and commend those who have braved it in this field and pray your true success.


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