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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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City Attorney City of Rochester, New Hampshire Exciting Career Opportunity - Work with the City Manager, Mayor and City Council to create Rochester’s first office of in-house counsel. The City of Rochester, NH (2012 population 29,823) seeks a highly experienced senior attorney to serve as the City’s first full-time in-house legal advisor. An established record of correctly evaluating a broad range...
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HC012267: Company Confidential Houston, TX See Below To Apply Legal Secretary, criminal defense law. Dedicated, family values, spanish speaker and 15 to 20 hours DOE. For immedite consideration, please submit your resume to *****....
RESEARCH & WRITING ATTORNEY The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Ohio has an immediate opening for a RESEARCH & WRITING ATTORNEY in the Capital Habeas Unit located in its main office in Cleveland, Ohio. Candidates must have a strong commitment to providing first-rate representation to indigent persons in proceedings under criminal law. Federal court experience is...
ATTORNEY Use your law degree to make a significant difference in the lives of children Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), a non-profit regional law firm that provides high-quality legal assistance to low-income persons and groups in western Ohio, seeks a dynamic, bright, hardworking attorney who would serve as an advocate for children in poverty while leading and coordinating the Med...
LITIGATION PARALEGAL Moore & Van Allen, a large regional law firm with offices in NC and SC, seeks candidates for the position of Litigation Paralegal in its downtown Charleston SC office. Duties include case management, trial preparation, drafting documents and state and federal filing including electronic filings. Successful candidate must have a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in the civil l...
Company Confidential N Charlesston, SC, 29406
Litigation Paralegal immediate opening. Candidates must have a minimum of 3 years of litigation experience. Paralegal Cert./Degree required. Please send resume and salary requirements to shoffman@ wiggerlawfirm.com...
Bail Bondsman Needed PT Weekends Only Excellent Computer Skills Required Reliable Transportation Background check required No experience necessary E-mail resume & references to: *****...
Gordon & Rees LLP, a national law firm with over 500 attorneys in 30 locations, seeks full-time IP Assistant/Paralegal for its Philadelphia office located in Center City. Candidates must have substantial experience in U.S. and foreign prosecution. Ability to work independently on US patent and trademark prosecution matters, coordinate with foreign associates on foreign prosecution matters, and cor...
Interesting and diverse Executive Assistant position is available downtown to provide administrative and legal secretarial support to a shareholder and associate. My client is seeking a dynamic Legal Secretary with the ability to manage daily activities involving mergers and acquisitions, real estate, venture capital, exit strategies and financial institutions. Advanced document production skills...
Position Announcement Administrative Secretary Federal Public Defender, TXN The Federal Public Defender has an opening in its Dallas Office for an administrative secretary. Refer to http://txn.fd.org for complete application details. Closing is April 28, 2014. The Dallas Morning News - 04/06/2014...
About The Opportunity The Financial Legal Assistant/Analyst will support one of our Federal Agencies by assisting Lead Examiners with monitoring NRSRO activity (similar to market watch). The assistant/analyst will also be involved in various research projects and will be held accountable for producing high level, error free work. The candidate will be responsible for work related to compliance res...
We invite applications from candidates who have the requisite experience for this position. We are a fast paced law firm with offices in San Antonio and Houston, and seek a paralegal with minimum 2 years experience business litigation. The nature of the job includes, but is not limited to, reviewing client documents (including business and some medial records), prepare state court petitions and fe...
GCA Services Group is a leading provider of comprehensive janitorial, maintenance and facility services to the specialized industry and education markets. GCA has selected sectors of the market where quality cleaning, maintenance and appearance are paramount to the basic function of enterprise. With expertise in clean rooms, automotive, pharmaceutical, nuclear power, high-tech, higher education an...
Our in-house client, located north of the city, currently seeks a commercial real estate paralegal with strong lease abstraction experience. Qualified candidates will have 2-3 years experience with an extensive background dealing with lease reviews and abstracting. There is a possibility to join this company on a permanent basis so take this opportunity to prove what you can do and earn a spot! In...
ATK is an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company with operations in 21 states, Puerto Rico, and internationally. ATK delivers affordable innovation in developing and manufacturing highly engineered products and solutions to our customers around the world. ATK's Eden Prairie, MN location is currently seeking a Sr. General Counsel, Intellectual Property Position Overview: The position i...
The position is Counsel to join our Intellectual Property Law Group. This individual will participate in all aspects of work for ATK that require intellectual property skill including agreement formation, dispute resolution, patent prosecution and trademark prosecution. To succeed in this environment requires a broad base of technical and legal skill and knowledge, the ability to develop business...
BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair is hiring a Legal Intern to support the Contracts Department for a temporary summer assignment. I. BASIC FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB: Review Bid and Contract Documents including work specifications and develop written legal positions supported by rationale and timelines that demonstrate the customer, (Government), is responsible for a constructive change, delay, schedule...
Patent Counsel - Prep & Pros up to 234k base California Relocation Assistance Available – Yes Bonus Eligible - Yes Interview Travel Reimbursed - Yes The successful candidate will serve as Patent Counsel, reporting to a group lead, assigned to one or more technology groups. Responsibilities will include: preparation and prosecution of US and foreign patent applications; supervision of outside couns...
Position Description: May assist department leadership in strategic planning to identify goals and plans and the resources to achieve them. Serves as a cross functional point of contact for special projects and/or training to support work flow in the department/division/section. As requested by supervisor, engages in guiding and mentoring of staff to enhance performance and behavior. Identifies pr...
Job Responsibilities and Requirements: Coordinate due diligence for a variety of commercial and residential real estate transactions, including: acquisitions and dispositions and borrowings. Review and summarize title commitments and surveys. Work closely with title companies to clear title and obtain title policies. Review and summarize UCC, judgment, tax and Other lien searches. Prepare and file...
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