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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.

Legal Salaries

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.

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Company Confidential Dallas, TX, 75230
Have you always wanted to work in a small office where you are an integral part of the TEAM? Do you love helping people? If you answered yes to these questions, this may be the job for you. We are an AV rated Plaintiff Personal Injury firm in the 75/635 area looking for a highly skilled secretary/paralegal to work for our Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyer in the areas of Personal Injury, Medi...
Description: 557582: Senior Associate General Counsel, Privacy - Eden Prairie MN Optum, part of the UnitedHealth Group family of companies, is looking for an experienced Privacy Counsel to join our dynamic Legal team. Things are exciting at Optum as we are experiencing unprecedented growth, and looking for someone to support our mission of being a trusted leader in privacy, while serving to help m...
Description: 557582: Senior Associate General Counsel, Privacy - Eden Prairie MN Optum, part of the UnitedHealth Group family of companies, is looking for an experienced Privacy Counsel to join our dynamic Legal team. Things are exciting at Optum as we are experiencing unprecedented growth, and looking for someone to support our mission of being a trusted leader in privacy, while serving to help m...
Byrne Poh LLP is a rapidly growing, but currently small boutique patent law firm located in New York, NY seeking associates to join our practice. We are looking for talented and motivated attorneys that will work closely with us in the preparation of all documents related to US and foreign patent applications for our clients. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, universities, and high-tech s...
We are Farmers Since our start in 1928, Farmers has grown and adapted to meet the changing needs of our customers with an unwavering commitment to upholding the ideals with which we began by providing industry-leading products and services to the customers we're privileged to serve. Today, Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is the country's third-largest insurer of both private Personal Lines pa...
Greer Burns & Crain Ltd., a mid-sized IP firm in downtown Chicago, is seeking a patent attorney with at least five years of patent prosecution and IP agreement experience. An undergraduate degree in computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or a closely related field is required. The successful candidate will handle patent preparation and prosecution, draft various types...
We are currently recruiting for a Real Estate Paralegal for our client, a midsize full service law firm in the Loop. The Real Estate Paralegal is a self-starter, transactional paralegal whose primary responsibility is to support attorneys on real estate transactions and related work. Needs to be upbeat, energetic and have a positive team-building attitude. Should be able to move quickly between ta...
Description Over the past 30 years, DISH has built a talented group of leaders and support teams. As the company continues to develop, offering new products and services to an increasing customer base, it looks to recruit outstanding candidates capable of turning ideas and strategies into world-class results. The Washington, DC office of DISH handles all of the company's relationships with Capitol...
Essential Job Functions: · Prepare and submit applications to the FDA for clinical testing and marketing of new/modified medical devices (e.g., 510(k)’s, IDE’s, PMA’s, PMA supplemental applications) · Support in determination of the appropriate regulatory submission requirements and strategies for new or modified products. Prepare required documentation as needed (e.g., No 510(k) Rationales, inter...
PARALEGAL: Full-time, Buffalo office, working with Social Security or SSI disability beneficiaries who work or plan to work. Will interview beneficiary, gathering information about benefits, personal circumstances, and employment. Will analyze impact of work on benefits, availability of work incentives, and prepare extensive written analysis for individual. Relevant experience preferred but extens...
Madison, 53703
District Administrative Assistant 5TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT The Director of State Courts' Office of Court Operations has an immediate need for an experienced District Administrative Assistant to act as an integral member of the administrative team serving the trial courts. LOCATION: This position is permanently based in Madison, Wisconsin and serves the 5th Judicial District of the Wisconsin Court Sys...
Huntington, 25701
The prestigious, regional law firm of Offutt Nord Burchett, PLLC is looking for an experienced litigation paralegal to work in the area of medical malpractice defense. The applicant must be well- versed in both civil litigation and medical terminology. Must have worked in the paralegal field for a minimum of five (5) years, including medical malpractice litigation, and consistently performed his/h...
PARALEGAL Norwich Law Firm seeks experienced real estate, personal injury workers comp Paralegal. Salary commensurate with exp. Please reply to: P.O. Box 128, Norwich, CT 06360 Posted in The Day...
Executive Legal Assistant Executive Legal Assistant: Regional Law Firm is seeking to hire an Executive Legal Assistant with litigation experience to assist multiple attorneys. The candidate must be Microsoft proficient, have extensive knowledge of state and federal court electronic filing systems, and knowledge of appellate and trial court procedures. Must also maintain a working knowledge of fili...
Legal: Associate Attorney - Securities (New York, NY) Advise U.S. & foreign co's & investment banks in connection w/capital mkts & securities, governance & general corp matters. Juris Doctor or Master of Laws deg, or foreign equiv. 2 yrs of exp as an attorney representing U.S. & foreign fin'l services co's & investment banks in connection w/U.S. & int'l mergers & acquisitions, commitment papers, c...
Company Confidential New York, 10038
PARALEGAL Downtown plaintiff's personal injury firm seeks paralegal with 3+ yrs exp., including drafting of pleadings, etc. Fluency in Spanish required, Salary range: $45K - $55K + benefits and bonus Fax resume: (212) 732-0306 Email resume: *****...
Full-time position as a Deputy County Attorney 1 or 2, providing legal services to Linn County officials. Accredited law school graduation and OSB membership required when appointed. Prefer experience in municipal law. Salary is $4291 to $6230, DOE, plus benefits. First application review July 18, 2014; Final review August 1, 2014 if needed. For full Job Announcement and application go to http:/ww...
U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, is seeking a full-time U.S. Magistrate Judge for Boston Office (or Springfield Office). Find the full public notice at General Information, Employment....
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. a Minneapolis based law firm, is seeking two: Legal Administrative Assistants (“Legal Secretaries”) for its highly respected Bismarck, ND office. Legal Secretaries in the Bismarck Office of Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. provide secretarial support services including: transcription; proofreading; drafting routine documents; inputting time reports and assisting with billing; appo...
Gordon & Rees LLP, a national firm of 550 attorneys in 31 offices, is seeking an attorney with 3-7 years of construction and commercial litigation experience. Candidates must also possess a strong analytical ability, excellent research, writing and verbal communication skills, and a commitment to client service. We are looking for a self-starter who is highly motivated and disciplined. Gordon & Re...
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