Thinking of rolling a pally. Please enlighten

39 Night Elf Priest
I`ve been playing WoW for only a couple of weeks now. I`ve been trying out different classes to try to get a feel for what I want to play. However, I want to just pick something and stick with it and be confident about my choice. Paladin appeals to me because I want to have versatility and survivability. I also like heavier armor. The aspects of the game that appeal to me the most are battlegrounds and raiding. Here are my questions:

1) Raiding: What is the role of a pally in raids most often? What talent tree is most effective? What skills are used most in your raid rotation? Are paladins sought after in raiding guilds?

2) Battlegrounds: What talent tree is most effective in battlegrounds? What skills are most often used in rotation during pvp? Is the role in battlegrounds for a pally going to be mostly up-personal melee or are there some good ranged options?

3) Leveling: What are the important skills to have on rotation for solo leveling and what is the best talent tree for that?

Thanks in advance. Sorry for being such a noob. I tried searching around for some guides to answer these questions but a lot of what I find is outdated.
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10 Gnome Rogue
1 & 2) it varies a lot, and depends on group composition, all three have their roles
3) prot is the best leveling tree
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85 Human Paladin
1) No set role. All three are perfectly viable for what they're intended for. I'm a healer, so I don't have a rotation - pretty much what helps the raid out the most, be it my regular heals or Righteous Defense. Yes.

3) There isn't a best talent tree for leveling, they're all perfectly viable. Ret quests faster, but Holy and Prot hold their own, as well as giving near-instant dungeon queues.
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