South Dakota is an excellent state for paralegals to be in, because it has a dire need for qualified, experienced, and well-trained paralegals. What’s interesting about this state, however, is that it doesn’t just need your standard paralegals who are employed by law firms.
While it certainly does hire these types of professionals, it also has a real need for paralegals who can work in more diverse and specialized areas as well. So, no matter what type of paralegal you would like to be, you can find your dream job without ever leaving your state.
You can, for example, choose to specialize as a litigation paralegal, either in criminal litigation or in civil litigation. If you take on this type of position, you can expect to spend a large amount of your time interviewing potential witnesses to see if they would be of use to your employer in court cases.
You would also have to analyze various legal documents, serve as a fact-checker, conduct legal research, draft pleadings and other important legal documents, serve as a scheduler for your employer as it relates to court dates and various other appointments, help your employer to prepare for trial, and prepare appeals.
Then, you have estate planning and probate paralegals. As one of these professionals, you might draft documents to determine who gets an estate after the owner dies, create guardianship contracts, create conservatorship contracts, spend time interviewing clients, arrange collections, value assets, transfer assets, administer estate accounts, draft federal tax returns, file returns, draft wills, and much more.
While specializing in this specific type of paralegal work is not a requirement set in place by most employers, having some education in this area specifically can help you greatly as you go through the job search and application process.
Then, of course, you have your corporate paralegals who spend their time working in the business world. Instead of being focused specifically on general law, they are focused on the law as it relates to and affects businesses and companies.
Their jobs include drafting partnership formation documents, drafting corporate formation documents, creating and regularly organizing minute books and resolutions, securities reporting, preparing financial reports, filing these reports, due diligence for business transactions, drafting shareholding agreements, drafting stock-option plans, monitoring government regulations, conduct patent searches, conducting trademark searches, filing for patents and trademarks, and preparation for various corporate meetings.
As you can see, paralegals in the state can work in a wide variety of different ways. The options presented here represent just a few of them. You also have employment and/or labor law paralegals, real estate paralegals, government paralegals, and so much more.
If you think you would like to work in one of these specialized areas, then you are strongly encouraged to find an educational program that offers a focus in one of them. If you can’t do that, then at least try and take some extra classes dealing specifically in these areas. This will greatly help your chances of landing the job you want.