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Is there such a thing as a specific Catholic Church Canon Law Paralegal? Why or why not?
If there Catholic Church Canon Law Paralegals do exist, where and how are they trained; what is their salary range and their working conditions; and how competitive is the field to enter?
There is no such word (paralegal) in canon law, either in theory or in practice. In my estimation, the function of a paralegal in the Catholic Church is usually carried out by people with no training in law or who might have had a few introductory courses in select areas of law and legal procedure. Most of the training is on-the-job. You might see these people called "auditors" (see the Code of Canon Law, c. 1428) and/or "notaries" (c. 1437).
Salary: I don't know. Not a lot. It's all part of a non-profit corporation so it's not like the secular world. Working conditions: it's secretarial work with regular hours, air conditioning...typical clerical, office environment, I guess. Competition: there aren't a lot of openings. In the typical diocese, you'll have only about five such positions (a few in the Tribunal, a couple in the Chancery). In smaller dioceses, maybe only one or two. In bigger ones, more like 10.
I hope this helps.