One of the debates in law firm economics is when to bill for paralegal time. Business clients negotiate lawyer’s fees. Businesses that regularly use attorneys, such as insurance companies, don’t just hire a law firm and hope the fees are reasonable. Corporations typically will not pay for anything they regard as basic assistant or clerical work.
You are arguing on behalf of Cheap Corp., which wants to hire a law firm. The law firm claims that it is foolish not to pay them for paralegal research time, due to a lower billing rate. Your position on behalf of Cheap Corp. is that you refuse to pay for routine citation checking or routine updating of basic knowledge.
Please also make sure to switch sides and argue in favor of the law firm. Include in your argument the sources and methods paralegals use while doing original research on Lexis. Assume that the law firm paralegal has passed the certification tests used by Lexis.com.
Make sure to answer all question in this paragraph as well. You are asked to look at the issue of using paralegals (and paying for paralegal time). Is it reasonable for a client to pay for paralegal time? Before starting your post, you might want to skim over the preface and beginning part of chapter 1 of the text book which provides some description of the role (and value) of the paralegal to the attorney. I have uploaded the preface below in a word document. It might also be helpful to review this web article on the American Bar Association website: Information for Lawyers: How Paralegals Can Improve Your Practice