Today’s world has seen the delivery of goods & services to consumers being the results of interface between Business and Legal functions. We cannot do Businesses without being on the right side of Law. Every mature organization realizes that it has to file it’s taxes; do good accounting; bring in corporate governance; contribute to society; import & export goods/ services; and at the same time protect & enforce it’s Intellectual Property. Without these essential legal functions, no organization can survive bitter competition in the global market. A need and position for a Paralegal arises from such important organizational functions. Paralegal understands, strategizes and executes modern day corporation functions.
A paralegal understands the business as well as legally “right” way to do that business. S/he executes the same while integrating with any kind of business that requires regularity and policy execution. “While Lawyers are always good at drafting policies and meeting escalations, the management & execution of policies are left to Paralegals in any organizational function” says, Dr. Pinaki Ghosh, Associate Vice President -IP, Reliance Industries. While western countries and developed economies already have organized institutions, certifications and well defined career paths for Paralegals, India always lacked such an educational stream with highly lucrative career paths. India with its huge educated youth population deserves to nurture and provide alternative income streams and recognition to it’s well deserved student community. In this regard, Amity and IALM collaboration is not only beneficial for the youth, but is also beneficial for India, as a nation. For a paralegal, there are several job and career opportunities in India. Paralegals are required and can be hired by individual lawyers, law firms, courts and judiciary system, public prosecutor offices, NGOs, Legal Process Outsourcing (LPOs), Corporations, In-house Legal Departments, Intellectual Property Departments, Finance, Banking, Insurance or in the Debt Recovery sector. All Paralegals are essentially taught and trained to do the process oriented work in an efficient, legally right and in a policy driven manner, by using modern technology tools. The current course on Paralegal Certification, is indeed multifaceted and offers to train students in IT-tools and Software Management, Litigation in Courts, Real Estate Transactions, Intellectual Property Management, Corporate Contract Handling, Managing Litigations, Doing IPR filings, Debt Recovery Categorization, E-Discovery, Legal Process Outsourcing (LPOs), Banking, Finance and Insurance related process. “The first of it’s kind Paralegal Certification course by Amity-IALM is bound to systematically and professionally help corporate departments, such as Legal, Finance, Human Resource, Insurance, Real Estate, PR & Media, Intellectual Property, Government Affairs and Compliance. I encourage today’s youth to do systemic training and skills development in this area of business & legal functions.” says Registrar, Indian Academy of Law and Management.