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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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Well-respected regional Dallas firms seeks a Senior Associate to join their Wealth Preservation group. Associates with some portable business will be given top priority, although it is not a requirement. The ideal candidate will have strong academic background and will be a skilled writer. Firm prides itself on team-orientated work environment allowing associates to work closely with partners and ...
Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers, LLP, a Center City insurance defense firm has an immediate opening for an experienced attorney. Candidates must have at least 3 to 5 years experience in defense litigation. Experience handling a full case load without constant direct supervision is a plus. Along with a competitive salary, the firm offers health insurance and participation in the 401k. Job r...
National law firm with strong Texas roots, seeks 3-5 year Executive Compensation and Executive Benefits Attorney to join their Dallas office. Qualified candidates will have strong academia, quality experience and initiative. Firm offers an envirnoment where associates work in a collaborative effort with both partners and other associates and are both encouraged and supported in their work. This te...
Job Description: This Legal Secretary Position entails: Performing a variety of legal secretarial and administrative support duties for assigned attorney(s), many of which are unique to a legal environment. A preferred working knowledge of property casualty operations, legal concepts, terminology, and processes. Legal Secretary candidates should have knowledge of General office practice and pro...
Job Description: Large firm, with benefits and paid parking is looking for strong person for Oil & Gas and Real Estate section. Great place to work. We are an equal employment opportunity employer and will consider all qualified candidates without regard to disability or protected veteran status. You can view all of our jobs online at http://www.appleone.com/?sc=11&id=875168 Job Experience: Ty...
Job Description: This Paralegal/ Criminal & Family Position Features: ? Convenient Downtown Location ? Team Environment ? No Two Days The Same ? Great Pay to $44K Immediate need for paralegal/ criminal & family seeking convenient downtown location, team environment and no two days the same. Ability to work independently, professional attitude and detail oriented will be keys to success in th...
Job Description: Large Law Firm is looking for a Paralegal with experience in Transactional Law, Wills, Estates and Trusts. Full time, paid parking, benefits included. Opening due to retirement of someone. Pay will be in the $15-18 per hour range to start and can grow from there. Apply Today. We are an equal employment opportunity employer and will consider all qualified candidates without regar...
Job Description: This legal secretary--your skills are needed today! Position Features: ? stable law firm ? great location ? competitive pay ? Great Pay to $40K Challenging career position for legal secretary with loan closing and title experience. Growing, aggressive, fast-paced law firm. Successful candidate will be independent and able to take charge in creating ALL loan documents for clo...
Grancell, Stander, Reubens, Thomas and Kinsey is a leading statewide law firm that has provided defense of Workers' Compensation for over 30 years. The firm is seeking an assertive and energetic Workers’ Compensation Attorney to work in our fast-paced FRESNO office. This self-starter will represent the firm and clients in all phases of litigation and practicing law in compliance with ethical stand...
We seek an attorney with five years plus experience in transactional and corporate law, that has portable business. Health insurance and 401k plan available. Bonus plan tied to business generated from new clients. Cohen & Lombardo has been in business for over 80 years and is again seeking to grow. Four of our lawyers have been President of the Bar Association of Erie County. Our main office is l...
MHI Ship Repair & Services is a major marine repair and conversion contractor serving the U.S. Navy, Military Sealift Command, Maritime Administration and Commercial ship owners and operators worldwide. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Conducts initial contract review for acceptance of proposed/negotiated price, schedule, and other terms and conditions. Monitors contract performance to delivery schedules a...
Frankel Staffing Partners is assisting a local law firm in their search for an experienced Legal Assistant to provide attorney support. The ideal candidate will offer a flexible and detail oriented work style personal injury (litigation) experience in addition to strong overall skills in administrative support. Responsibilities include general correspondence and office administration, as well as m...
DIRECTOR OF CONTRACTS/PROCUREMENT Job Summary: The Director of Contracts enables the ELC to comply with all statutory and contractual obligations. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Develops annual outputs and illustrates results utilizing the Coalition’s performance management system/dashboard/scorecard. Drafts and facilitates the release and management of all procurements, including but...
Company Confidential Carmel, IN, 46032
Carmel attorney seeks Legal Secretary. PERSONAL INJURY LAW OFFICE EXPERIENCE A MUST. Duties will include office filing, data entry, telephone work, and assisting in the preparation of medical chronologies. Confidentiality a must! This is a small office, dress is business casual. Please submit your resume with salary requirements through this website. Resumes without salary requirements will not be...
Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc. (OCD) is a leading provider ofin vitrodiagnostic products and services, offering accurate, timely, and cost-effective solutions for screening, diagnosing, monitoring and confirming diseases. The company has approximately 3,800 employees around the world serving the global clinical laboratory and transfusion medicine community, and is committed to providing customer...
Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc. (OCD) is a leading provider ofin vitrodiagnostic products and services, offering accurate, timely, and cost-effective solutions for screening, diagnosing, monitoring and confirming diseases. The company has approximately 3,800 employees around the world serving the global clinical laboratory and transfusion medicine community, and is committed to providing customer...
Company Confidential Herndon, VA, 20171
Participates in teaming agreement and strategic marketing alliance negotiations with outside sources. Administers all aspects of subcontracting from proposal to closeout. Ensures that the subcontract is in accordance with legal requirements, customer specifications and Government relations. Reviews client solicitations received by company and provides recommendations regarding outsourcing requi...
The Senior Patent Docket Specialist is responsible for the integrity of the firm’s Patent docket database which specifically includes maintaining the cases, processing patent related correspondence in and out of the firm, as well as executing various reports and distribution of daily reminders for clients and attorneys. In addition, the Senior Patent Docket Specialist will assist the Patent Practi...
Company Confidential Philadelphia, PA
Prestigious law firm in Center City seeks a Trusts and Estates Associate Attorney to handle high net worth clients for its Wealth Planning practice. Candidate must have 8+ years of experience in sophisticated estate planning and estate administration matters including estate tax returns and handling state and federal fiduciary/estate issues. Candidates also must have an LLM in Taxation. Competiti...
Firm Information Reed Smith is a global relationship law firm with more than 1,800 lawyers in 25 offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Founded in 1877, the firm represents leading international businesses, from Fortune 100 corporations to mid-market and emerging enterprises. Its lawyers provide litigation and other dispute resolution services in multi-jurisdicti...

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