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In a legal job, you’ll argue on behalf of people, companies or governments when disagreements arise over the law.
Legal work involves researching and analyzing legal issues and then explaining the law to your clients. When clients decide to act, you’ll deliver their arguments in court or by writing letters to the disagreeing parties.
In a small law office, an attorney’s job might include criminal and civil cases. In a large firm, lawyers tend to focus on a specialty area of criminal or civil law, such as immigration law or personal-injury cases. Other attorney careers are in the public sector where jobs include working as a criminal or civil prosecutor, an investigator or a regulator.
In a paralegal job or legal assistant job, you’ll help attorneys by doing investigations, research and administrative tasks.
Legal Job Market
Legal job opportunities are expected to grow 11 percent from 2010 to 2020, which is about the same as the average for all jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Demand for attorneys might fall because companies are using large accounting firms or paralegals to do the jobs attorneys used to do.
Legal jobs in the public sector are influenced by local, state and federal budgets. When those are cut, public legal jobs can decline. In addition, law schools are producing more lawyers than needed for the current number of legal job openings, so some recent graduates are having a hard time finding full-time legal employment.
Paralegal jobs will grow 18 percent, about as fast as other occupations between 2010 and 2020, the BLS says. Because paralegal salaries are lower than attorney salaries, law firms and corporations push to have paralegals do as much of the work as possible. However, when the workload drops, law firms want attorneys working on cases so they can bill clients, a practice that decreases demand for paralegals.
The median lawyer salary was $113,310 in 2011, the BLS says. The median salary for paralegals was $46,730 in 2011.
Those earning the most during their legal careers are usually partners, work at large firms or work in high-cost cities. Lawyers who own their own practices usually make less than partners, the BLS says.
Marrone Law Firm Philadelphia, 19102
LEGAL SECRETARY Phila., PA High-End CC Civil Lit Law Firm seeks a legal secretary who must have outstanding references and be computer literate. A minimum of three years large firm exper-ience strongly desired. Email resume and salary requirements to MPomerantz@ marronelawfirm.com Source: Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News...
Craig and Macauley PC Boston, 02210
Legal Secretary LEGAL SECRETARY Medium-sized Boston law firm seeks secretary to join our team. Candidates must have 2-4 years' legal experience and be able to handle a wide range of tasks. Excellent organizational skills, telephone etiquette, Microsoft Office experience, and the ability to work independently are a must. Send resume to Maureen Stewart, Office Administrator, CRAIG AND MACAULEY PC, 6...
LAW OFFICE OF GARCIA & CARAM, McAllen, 78501
now hiring.eps Legal RECEPTIONIST Professional service legal firm has an immediate opening for an energetic, enthusiastic, team oriented Receptionist. The prospective candidate must be computer literate, bilingual, and able to handle multi-tasks. Please fax resume to Ricky at 630-5393 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org...
O'Brien & Ryan, LLP Plymouth Meeting, 19462
ATTORNEY Plymouth Meeting, PA Firm F/T mid-level associate, defense lit. Must be admitted in PA & NJ. Fax res. to Kathryn Drakeley 610-834-8485 or email: email@example.com Source: Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News...
GELBER, GELBER, INGERSOLL* Honolulu, 96813
LEGAL SECRETARY/ RECEPTIONIST Downtown Honolulu Minimum 3rs litigation or transactional experience with proficiency in WordPerfect, Word, & Outlook. Excel benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. Email resume and contact information to: firstname.lastname@example.org No phone calls From Honolulu Star-Advertiser/MidWeek...
Base your future on 50 years of success. LEGAL SECRETARY FULL-TIME The Cincinnati Insurance Company, a subsidiary of Cincinnati Financial Corporation, stands among the nation's top 30 property casualty insurer groups, based on net written premiums. Our commitment to the independent agency system began in 1950 and is our company's core strength and competitive advantage. We excel by offering agen...
DOCKETING CLERK Lee & Hayes pllc, an internationally known intellectual property and business law firm, is seeking a Docketing Clerk for our Spokane office. This position includes, but not limited to, the following tasks: reviews and updates daily case docket; processes correspondence from US Patent office; updates and maintains firm database. We seek applicants who are accurate, detailed, organiz...
Position Description Summary: Under general supervision of the division lead attorney, provides legal advice and assistance to corporate, divisional regions, and subsidiaries relative to the Company’s business activities, keeping the business within the limits prescribed by law and internal corporate compliance and policy. AmerisourceBergen’s legal associates are fully integrated with business ope...
Driver/Equipment Operator Argyle Operates dump trucks, compactors, front-end loaders, farm tractors, backhoes, etc. for such activities as patching road and installing culverts. Cuts and hauls brush, hauls dirt, moves roadsides, repairs and places road signs HS Diploma or GED required Minimum 2 years exp. In a related field req. Class B CDL Apply at www.dentoncounty.com/jobs...
Title and IRP Licensing Clerk The Traffic Service Bureau, Inc. Irving, Tx Title & IRP licensing clerk for 18 wheelers dealership or State experience helpful Irving based - email resume & salary requirements to email@example.com The Dallas Morning News - 05/19/2013...
LEGAL SECRETARY full time position for fast paced office in PBG. Minimum of 5 yrs Personal Injury litigation exp. Salary commensurate with exp., benefits. Email resume firstname.lastname@example.org...
UNITED STATES COURTS FOR THE FIRST CIRCUIT BANKRUPTCY JUDGE POSITION The First Circuit Court of Appeals is seeking applicants for a bankruptcy judge position for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maine headquartered in Portland. Attorneys with broad or specialized litigation or commercial experience are encouraged to apply, whether or not such experience is in bankruptcy law....
Company Confidential Spartanburg, SC, 29304
Legal Personal Injury Paralegal Well established law firm in Spartanburg seeking Personal Injury Paralegal - Law Office experience preferred. Send Resume to HJ 00428 Herald-Journal PO Box 1657 Spartanburg SC 29304 Or email: email@example.com Source: goupstate.monster.com...
The ND Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents has three vacancies, two in its Bismarck, ND Public Defender Office and one in its Williston Office. Supervising Attorney (Attorney III) Supervise public defenders and staff in the Bismarck-Mandan Public Defender Office, and provide legal counsel services to indigent clients in criminal and juvenile matters in the South Central Judicial District....
Paralegal - Commercial Litigation Naples Office National law firm has a fantastic opportunity for an individual to join our Commercial Litigation practice group in our Naples office. Responsibilities include: Drafting and filing pleadings in State and Federal courts Drafting and responding to discovery requests Drafting and responding to motions Internet research Witness preparation Document manag...
Legal Secretary Law firm in Warrenton seeks full time, experienced legal secretary. Position requires answering phones, managing attorney calendar, and preparation of legal documents. The ability to multitask effectively, strong organizational skills and attention to detail are essential. Good communication and computer skills are also necessary. Competitive salary range with benefits offered. Ple...
Company Confidential Prescott, 86301
PART-TIME (LESS THAN 25 hrs per week, M-F) Legal Secretary position available with established Prescott firm. Minimum 3 years of legal experience (litigation preferred) with excellent work history and references. Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Adobe Acrobat Professional. Reply to BPCWS, 125 N. Granite Street, Prescott, AZ, 86301....
Company Confidential Barberton, 44203
Established suburban Akron law firm seeks experienced probate paralegal assistant for immediate full time position with health benefits. Send resume, references & salary requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org Source: Akron Beacon Journal...
CELLINO AND BARNES Garden City, 11530
Paralegal / Garden City 3-5 years Plaintiff P.I. experience, good computer skills and no-fault knowledge required. Resume to: maureen.napoli@ cellinoandbarnes.com...
GENERAL COUNSEL Washtenaw Community College The General Counsel is responsible for administration of the college's legal work. This includes: planning and coordination of college wide compliance with applicable law, advising the President and the Board of Trustees regarding legal matters, and response to employment discrimination complaints, EEO, and other governmental agency complaints and inquir...
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