Paralegals acts as assistants and as support staff to lawyers. They are responsible for writing out new contracts and drafting documents that lawyers will use with clients and in courtrooms. They also file the documents and keep records of past transactions. Paralegal jobs require familiarity with different filing systems because paralegals will often keep track of important files pertaining to upcoming cases. Lawyers and attorneys will call on paralegals for help when it comes to researching new topics and finding information that will help their clients. Paralegals occasionally meet with clients and record meetings between clients and their lawyers. As law offices keep growing, those lawyers need law office receptionists, law office assistants and research assistants.
Paralegal Education Requirements
Paralegals are usually required to have a minimum of an associate's degree or equivalent vocational training. More than 40 percent of all paralegals have at least a bachelor's degree. Many vocational programs across the country offer training for high school students that let them work as paralegals after graduation, and adult students can attend similar programs at vocational schools and community colleges. Paralegals learn the complex language that lawyers use during their training. They also need to possess good time management, communications and critical thinking skills.
Paralegal Job Market
The outlook for paralegal jobs is good. The number of paralegals working in the field in 2012 was 277,000, but this figure will grow to include an additional 46,200 jobs by 2022. Statistics show that this is a growth of 17 percent, which is much faster than most industries. As more students enter law school and pass their bar exams, they will need support staff who can handle tasks and issues outside of the courtroom. Paralegals and legal assistants take care of details, which helps lawyers focus on their clients.
The median salary reported by those working as paralegals is $45,000 to $46,990, which comes out to a wage of $22.59 an hour. Those working for private law firms and corporate legal teams typically earn more than those working for state and federal government agencies.
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Kinder Morgan Houston, TX, 77020
Provide paralegal and some administrative support to the Natural Gas Pipeline Group, with emphasis on the five attorneys in the Midstream subgroup.▪Monitor corporate governance issues for Midstream joint ventures, including KM obligations and due dates; draft resolutions/consents; obtain copies of minutes; update minute books and route documents for signature▪Review, edit and draft legal documents...
CACI International Inc. San Francisco, CA, 94118
Job Requisition Number: 90682 Category: Service Primary Location: San Francisco, CA, US Security Clearance: NACI Clearance Status: Must be Obtainable Schedule: Full Time Type of Travel: Percent of Travel Required: Up to 10% Description : Assist foreign law enforcement authorities with their criminal investigations by assisting in the execution of incoming mutual legal assistance treaty re...
Regional Home Builder is seeking Closing Coordinators/Real Estate Paralegals/Executive Assistants to join our team at our corporate office located in Charleston, SC. They will process new contracts, "work up" closing files, review closing papers and provide administrative support. These position's are in a faced pace environment, you will either be assisting our Land Acquistion Dept., Sales Dept. ...
Position Description: SHBâ€™s litigation practice is growing! We are seeking a Paralegal with experience in all phases of litigation including experience with large document production, discovery, interviewing of witnesses and experts, drafting pleadings and subpoenaing records to become a member of this winning practice group and join one of the fastest moving areas of the law. SHB offers a chal...
Job Description: Are you a seasoned Paralegal looking for a great opportunity? This is a close knit office looking for a rock star to join their team. If you are a sharp, team player that is looking for a great cultural fit this could be the position you've been waiting for! This position will require you to work independently and run with projects as well as additional miscellaneous administrati...
Henkels & McCoy a 90 year prestigious Engineering and Construction firm is seeking a Contracts Paralegal to support the General Counsel. The applicant will be responsible for performing a wide variety of legal functions and administrative duties with contracts in order to assist a nationally recognized construction and engineering firm located in Blue Bell, Pa.The successful candidate will be a hi...
Company Confidential Bellaire, TX, 77401
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Large Financial institution in midtown is seeking a temporary investment management paralegal with 3+ years’ experience at a major law firm and/or financial institution who will provide coverage and support to the Sales Administration and Sales and Distribution teams. The ideal candidate will have investment management and contract experience and be extremely detail oriented, a team player, and po...
This position will support several business litigation attorneys, handling multiple voluminous cases in state and federal court, as well as domestic and international arbitrations. The selected candidate will assist in all aspects of the litigation process, including providing support for attorneys in the discovery process, motion practice, as well as hearings, mediations, trials, and arbitrations...
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Company Confidential Palm Harbor, FL, 34684
. PARALEGAL - This is a position in North Pinellas County which can be full-time or part-time. Successful candidates should have a substantial interest in the law with advanced Microsoft office skills, be detail oriented and able to prepare complex legal documents from dictation while answering phones and handling clients. Legal experience in non-litigation fields is useful. Will train the right ...
Company Confidential Beachwood, OH, 44122
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Company Confidential N Charlesston, SC, 29406
Paralegal Immediate opening. Personal Injury and workers’ compensation experience preferred. Candidates must possess excellent computer, word processing, organizational, and communication skills. Paralegal Cert./Degree required. Send resume/salary req. to shoffman@ wiggerlawfirm.com...
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$24,960.00 - $67,704.00
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Assists attorneys by performing legal research; preparing legal documents; providing support during litigation processes;
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Organizes and tracks legal documentation such as case files.
Drafts legal documents such as contracts, mortgages, and separation agreements.
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