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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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Be part of a dynamic and growing IP Department in a major Boston law firm. Experienced patent secretary sought to provide Patent and Trademark secretarial support to assigned attorneys and others as needed. - Minimum five years of relevant patent prosecution experience; experience working in a law firm a plus - Working knowledge of PTO filing procedures - Excellent organizational and communication...
Fantastic opportunity for a Commercial Real Estate Paralegal in a national Law firm. Experienced paralegal sought for fast-paced, exciting work environment. This position participates as a team member in the Real Estate practice group for real estate and financing transactions. - Bachelor’s degree and paralegal certificate or appropriate job-related experience required - Minimum 3 years’ experienc...
Boutique law firm located in the northern suburbs of Atlanta has an immediate need for a junior paralegal! Candidates MUST have a four year degree OR a paralegal certificate and at least one year of law firm experience. A high level of technical skills is required - this is a tech savvy firm! Responsibilities will include providing junior paralegal support to senior paralegal and partner by assist...
Company Confidential Addison, TX, 75001
Legal Assistant – Law Firm in north Dallas is seeking a sharp, experienced legal assistant to handle both paralegal and secretarial assignments at a busy real estate and banking desk working for several attorneys. Responsibilities include significant word processing, file organization and maintenance, drafting or revising correspondence, memoranda and legal documents, case status maintenance and d...
National law firm that concentrates on complex litigation on behalf of injured victims is seeking an experienced Paralegal for a temporary opportunity. Duties: * Researches law sources by identifying applicable statutes, judicial decisions, and codes; initiating patent and trademark searches. * Compiles evidence and supporting information by searching records, discovery documents, transcripts, lib...
Exciting Corporate Paralegal position for a major Boston law firm. You will have the abiltiy to travel one day per week to New Hampshire and the rest of the time you will be in Boston! Corporate Paralegal sought for fast-paced, exciting work environment to work with a very collegial group of business lawyers in a nationally acclaimed Business and Finance Department. The corporate practice is a nat...
A Legal Payroll Manager Job is immediately available via Special Counsel in Chicago, Illinois. This individual reports directly to the firm Controller and is responsible for managing all aspects of staff payroll including the efficient and effective use of firm resources to ensure timely and accurate processing of bi-monthly staff payroll, related tax payments and filings, wage garnishments, issua...
Company Confidential Canton, OH, 44718
Legal Office Assistant/Receptionist for small law office needed. Part to Full Time. 1. Greet visitors and answer, screen, and direct incoming phone calls to appropriate individuals. Work directly with clients in non-advisory capacity, such as answering questions, and client assistance. Preparation for appointments, such as having files ready for daily appointments. 2. Assist others with filing, ma...
Job Summary: Assists Tax practice area attorneys and legal assistants in all phases and aspects of Tax work. Job Duties: · Organizes and manages electronic and paper files. · Ensures that all Tax files are maintained with Department-approved protocols and case management systems. · Maintains the integrity of client files. · Assists with the preparation and court filing of pleadings and other court...
The Chicago office of a major law firm is seeking a Billing Assistant who will be responsible for the coordination and active administration of all facets of the billing and collection function. The position requires the active coordination of the preparation of client invoices and the monitoring and follow-up on those invoices after they are sent. These responsibilities would include working with...
Patent Agent / Technical Specialist Haynes Beffel & Wolfeld LLP – Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz, CA Haynes Beffel & Wolfeld LLP, an intellectual property law firm specializing in patent prosecution, is seeking to hire Patent Agents / Technical Specialists in its Half Moon Bay, CA location. Requirements: Bachelor’s degree (advanced education preferred) in computer science, computer engineering, semi...
A corporation is seeking a Temporary Lease Administrator in Chicago, Illinois. The job has the primary responsibility for maintaining a lease database by performing the following duties: Abstracting leases and preparing lease summaries Interpret and enter all leases and amendments into the company’s database system Process Tenant Move in and Move out forms Process monthly billing, rent increase le...
Personal Injury Plaintiff Paralegal- Miami 55K Prestigious personal injury firm in Dadeland seeks TOP NOTCH Personal Injury plaintiff paralegal to assist a high powered attorney. This paralegal will be the "right hand" to attorney The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in Plaintiff personal injury. Duties include: knowledge of rules of civil procedures heavy calendaring extensive e-fil...
Special Counsel Chicago is assisting an AmLaw 100 firm to fill an Attorney Recruiting Data and Systems Analyst Job. The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in HR or a related field. Experience in a law firm or professional services environment is a plus. If you have excellent judgment, problem-solving, verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills, a...
The Senior Paralegal provides corporate governance and administrative support to the Senior Legal Counsel and is a department representative and resource to members of other departments that need information relating to this area of the Legal Department. This position fully owns and manages assigned projects related to corporate governance, including subsidiary management, corporate filings and ma...
A prominent global law firm has a Junior Paralegal job opening for its office in Washington, D.C. Qualified candidates for this role will be degreed with a strong GPA of 3.0 or higher. This international firm, with a strong reputation in a variety of practice areas, is a great place for you to grow your legal career. Employees of this firm often cite its commitment to community involvement and div...
IMMEDIATE Opening for Part-Time Legal Receptionist/Admin/File Clerk Busy litigation firm seeks a hard-working, dependable, punctual, and very organized Legal Receptionist/Admin/File Clerk. Candidate must have a professional appearance, a pleasant and courteous personality, and excellent written and verbal communication skills and should have experience in: - Transcribing legal dictation* - Litigat...
Are you looking to join a Best in Class AND Fast Growing Life Science Company? With more than 25 years of diagnostic industry experience, SeraCare is uniquely positioned to ensure the highest level of consistency, confidence and compliance as we jointly shape the future of medical diagnostics. We are seeking an experienced Temporary Paralegal who is driven, results focused with “can do” attitude"....
Beacon Hill Legal is looking for a dynmic IP Legal Assistant to join a reputable boutique IP firm in the loop! The ideal candidate will have experience in patent prosecution and litigation; filing with the USPTO, working with US and foreign prosecution documents, and performing PAIR database searches! This candidate must have a great work ethic, be comfortable wearing many hats, and have a positiv...
Attorneys Needed 3 positions open: 1. In-House litigation: Tired of billable hours? Our client is a successful insurance company that is building its in-house counsel and is looking for experienced insurance litigators that have a proven track record of success. Strong litigation skills required; prior states attorneys and others with heavy in-court, motion practice and trial experience desired. L...
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