Quiz about So You Want To Be A Paralegal US
Quiz about So You Want To Be A Paralegal US

So You Want To Be A Paralegal (U.S.) Quiz


If you have a strong interest in the law but aren't quite ready for law school, and if have good communication skills and attention to detail, and like a challenge, then this may be the career for you. Take this quiz and test the waters.

A multiple-choice quiz by Professor101. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
Professor101
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
332,076
Updated
Dec 03 21
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1. The North Carolina state bar has identified minimum competencies for certified paralegals, which form the acronym CODAR. What does it stand for? Hint

Communication, Organization, Documentation, Analysis, Research
Cases, Opinions, Defense, Affirmation, Records
Court Procedures, Orderliness, Delivery, Agencies, Rigor
Citation, Oath of Office, Deposition, Appeals, Reasonableness

2. Which of these is an example of a primary source of law? Hint

A law review article
An appellate brief
A Supreme Court opinion
A retainer agreement

3. The attorney-client privilege prohibits a paralegal from being present during the attorney's initial interview of the client.

True
False

4. The discovery process in litigation may involve all of the following except: Hint

Depositions
Physical or Mental Examinations
Document Requests
Service of Process

5. Which of these is an example of an Alternate Dispute Method in a civil case? Hint

Plea Bargaining
Arbitration
A Bench Trial
Motion for Summary Judgment

6. Which is an example of nonmonetary relief in a civil case? Hint

Community Service
A Contingency Fee
Nominal Damages
Specific Performance

7. A proposed law may be introduced in the form of which of these?
Hint

An Executive Order
A Bill or Resolution
An Agency Regulation
A Statutory Provision

8. What is another term for a paralegal? Hint

Attorney in Fact
Legal Assistant
Law Clerk
Legal Counselor

9. In some states, a paralegal may represent a client before which of these? Hint

A Magistrate
A Small Claims Court Judge
A Social Security Administration Proceeding
A Landlord Tenant Proceeding

10. Which of these must a paralegal NOT do? Hint

Contact a client to remind the client of scheduled court dates
Perform legal research
Give legal advice to a client
Interview a client

11. A paralegal affects the cost of legal services to the client by: Hint

No effect on costs, since a paralegal may not enter into a fee agreement with a client
Increasing costs, since a fee is charged for services
Decreasing costs, since a paralegal's fees are lower than an attorney's fees
No effect on costs, since a paralegal's services are not billed

12. The American Bar Association is involved in the paralegal field by: Hint

Administering a mini-bar exam for paralegals
No direct involvement
Administering a code of ethics for paralegals
Drafting guidelines for use of paralegals by lawyers

13. A law firm may compensate a paralegal by which of the following in addition to salary? Hint

A contingent fee arrangement
A percentage of law firm profits as a junior partner
An annual bonus
Referral fees

14. Is paralegal certification by examination mandatory or voluntary in the U.S.? Hint

Conducted on a national, not state basis
Mandatory in some states
Voluntary in states where it is available
Mandatory in all states

15. Which of these employs most legal assistants? Hint

Private law firms
Corporate legal departments
Government agencies
Law clinics


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The North Carolina state bar has identified minimum competencies for certified paralegals, which form the acronym CODAR. What does it stand for?

Answer: Communication, Organization, Documentation, Analysis, Research

North Carolina and some other states administer a paralegal certification exam, which is optional if you want to work as a paralegal, but will establish superior credentials. It tests knowledge in eight areas of the law, contains 150 multiple choice questions, and takes 3 hours to complete.
2. Which of these is an example of a primary source of law?

Answer: A Supreme Court opinion

A primary source of law is issued by a government official having authority derived from a state or federal constitution, such as the president, governor, city council, legislature, or judge. Examples of primary sources of law are executive orders, laws, regulations, and court orders. An appellate brief is a document filed with the court by an attorney on behalf of a client, to persuade the judge of the client's position.

A retainer agreement is a fee agreement entered into by the attorney and client.

A law review article is a scholarly article written by a practitioner or scholar, and is considered a secondary source of law.
3. The attorney-client privilege prohibits a paralegal from being present during the attorney's initial interview of the client.

Answer: False

The attorney-client privilege extends to those working under the supervision of an attorney. Thus, a paralegal may be present at client conferences and may take notes. The paralegal is also bound to confidentiality.
4. The discovery process in litigation may involve all of the following except:

Answer: Service of Process

Discovery is a stage of litigation in which each side requests and receives information concerning the case from the opposing side. Service of process refers to serving the defendant with a copy of the complaint so that the defendant is on notice of being sued.
5. Which of these is an example of an Alternate Dispute Method in a civil case?

Answer: Arbitration

Plea bargaining is a voluntary disposition of a criminal matter in which the defendant pleads guilty without a trial and a sentence is agreed to, usually a lighter sentence than would be imposed following a trial if found guilty. Arbitration is held before an arbitrator or panel of arbitrators with expertise in the field.

It is more informal and less time consuming than a court trial. A bench trial refers to a non-jury trial before a judge. A motion for summary judgment, if granted, will resolve a matter on the basis of documentary evidence which conclusively establishes liability or absence of liability without the need for a trial, but it is done in the course of a trial proceeding.
6. Which is an example of nonmonetary relief in a civil case?

Answer: Specific Performance

Relief refers to an award made to a plaintiff when the defendant is found liable. Nominal damages are typically in the amount of $1.00, establishing that the defendant breached a legal duty but did not cause monetary losses. Community service is a sentence that may be imposed on a criminal defendant. Specific performance refers to an order calling for the defendant to carry out the terms of a contract previously agreed to.

A contingency fee refers to a fee arrangement between the attorney and client, that is paid after the amount of the award, if any, is determined by the court.
7. A proposed law may be introduced in the form of which of these?

Answer: A Bill or Resolution

Laws are passed by the legislative branch of government, may be introduced in the form of a bill or resolution, and must undergo several more steps before being enacted into law. An executive order is issued by the president, and has the force of law, but is not a proposed law. An agency regulation is issued by a government agency having authority under law to regulate an area of activity.

It is also binding, but is not a proposed law. A statutory provision refers to a provision of a law already in effect.
8. What is another term for a paralegal?

Answer: Legal Assistant

'Attorney in Fact' refers to a person (not necessarily an attorney) given the power of attorney or permission to make decisions and sign documents on behalf of another. The appointment is signified by a signed document. A law clerk is typically a law student or a judge's assistant.

A law clerk may perform similar duties to those of a paralegal, but the two terms are not interchangeable. A legal counselor is a synonym for lawyer.
9. In some states, a paralegal may represent a client before which of these?

Answer: A Social Security Administration Proceeding

In most small claims courts, a party need not be represented by an attorney. This provides affordable access to the courts by those with claims in lesser amounts. A paralegal is not authorized to represent a client in a landlord tenant proceeding or before a magistrate (an official who handles certain routine matters), but in many states the paralegal may represent a client before the Social Security Administration.
10. Which of these must a paralegal NOT do?

Answer: Give legal advice to a client

Under the supervision of an attorney, a paralegal may do most things that lawyers do except enter into a fee agreement with a client, sign pleadings filed in court, and give legal advice to a client. These things involve law school training and being licensed by the state bar.
11. A paralegal affects the cost of legal services to the client by:

Answer: Decreasing costs, since a paralegal's fees are lower than an attorney's fees

Use of paralegal services is cost effective to the client, as the paralegal performs many tasks otherwise undertaken by the attorney, but is billed at a lower rate. A client cannot be billed for clerical services performed by the paralegal or others.
12. The American Bar Association is involved in the paralegal field by:

Answer: Drafting guidelines for use of paralegals by lawyers

The American Bar Association has a Standing Committee on Paralegals which adopted Guidelines for Utilization of Paralegals by Lawyers in 1991. The ABA does not administer a certification examination or code of ethics for paralegals, but it does provide for the unauthorized practice of law by those who do not possess attorney credentials in its code of ethics for attorneys.

In addition to drafting guidelines for utilization of attorneys, the American Bar Association approves paralegal education programs.
13. A law firm may compensate a paralegal by which of the following in addition to salary?

Answer: An annual bonus

Splitting attorney fees with non-lawyers, such as making a paralegal a junior partner, awarding referral fees or a percentage of contingency fees, is forbidden under attorney codes of ethics. It is permissible, however, to award a paralegal a bonus for exemplary work, and in some states, paralegals are entitled to overtime pay.
14. Is paralegal certification by examination mandatory or voluntary in the U.S.?

Answer: Voluntary in states where it is available

The decision to obtain paralegal certification is strictly voluntary, and no state has put into place a mandatory program. The states of North Carolina and Texas offer voluntary certification, but paralegals in these states can choose not to be certified and still perform substantive legal work under the supervision of an attorney and can use the title "paralegal" or "legal assistant." The states of Florida, California, and Louisiana have also instituted voluntary paralegal certification programs, which require the applicant to first pass the examination given by either the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) or the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA), two highly-recognized national professional certification programs, in addition to a state test.
15. Which of these employs most legal assistants?

Answer: Private law firms

According to the Department of Labor, paralegals and legal assistants held about 263,800 jobs in 2008. Private law firms employed 71 percent of them; most of the remainder worked for corporate legal departments and various levels of government. Within the federal government, the U.S. Department of Justice is the largest employer, followed by the Social Security Administration and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

A small number of paralegals own their own businesses and work as freelance legal assistants, contracting their services to attorneys or corporate legal departments.

The Department of Labor has consistently projected growth in this sector.
Source: Author Professor101

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