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.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Our client is seeking a Paralegal/ Legal Assistant in Boca Raton, Florida (FL). This position provides assistance to attorneys, paralegals, and clients within individuals/departments within the company, as assigned. Their primary work is related to acquisition integration, including new agreements with customers and vendors, and amendments to data acquisition agreements. Accounta...
Law firm located in downtown Pittsburgh is seeking a high level legal assistant to support a shareholder and members of the litigation practice group. Experience as a legal secretary and paralegal abilities are desired as well as experience in insurance defense litigation. This position requires a combination of highly developed legal secretary skill set to manage daily activities of the insurance...
The global law firm of K&L Gates LLP seeks a Paralegal for the Investment Management practice group in its Washington, DC office. The position requires 2-5 years of experience in securities and corporate law. Related Investment Company and Investment Advisers Act experience a plus. Candidates should have knowledge of routine SEC, blue sky and general corporate filings. Familiarity with the EDGAR a...
NYC R/E Development Co seeks Paralegal with knowledge of Judgment, collection and L & T proceedings. Resume including salary history to New Start Development LLC, 50 Greene Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238....
FERRUZZO & FERRUZZO, LLP is offering the present employment opportunity: PARALEGAL / CIVIL LITIGATION: The ideal candidate will be a talented and experienced paralegal with a minimum of five (5) years of prior experience in a complex civil/business litigation environment with experience in contested trust/probate litigation. The applicant must have an excellent work ethic, a professional attitude,...
Description Over the past 30 years, DISH has built a talented group of leaders and support teams at its corporate headquarters in Englewood, Colorado. As the company continues to develop, offering new products and services to an increasing customer base, it looks to recruit outstanding candidates capable to turning ideas and strategies into world-class results. Requirements To be successful in thi...
Build the Business. Build the Brand. At Havas Edge we influence people to act by combining multi-channel marketing and commerce plus the creative and technology that powers them. Our work results in profitable growth and lasting relationships between customers and our client’s brands. We are a full-service, direct response agency, headquartered in Carlsbad, CA with offices in Boston, MA; Los Angel...
Senior Paralegal - Power Solutions, Milwaukee-WD30001035 Johnson Controls is a global multi-industrial company with core businesses in the automotive, building and energy storage industries. Our 170,000 employees create quality products and services to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings, energy storage and interior systems for automobiles. Through our growth strategies and b...
Paralegal Capital University's Law School has an immediate opening for a Domestic Violence Victim's Advocate in the Civil Protection Unit, Family Advocacy Clinic. Responsibilities include interviewing, gathering case information, assisting with clients, following up with clients, and maintaining files. Preference is given to a college graduate or candidate with experience pertinent to working with...
Company Confidential Aurora, CO, 80016
Seeking full time paralegal/legal assistant for three attorney law firm near Parker Rd. and I-225. A second part time paralegal job may also be available. Experience in personal injury or bankruptcy field would be an asset. All candidates must be able to type and have excellent writing skills. A brief project will be given during in-person interview. Spanish speaking candidates are encouraged to a...
Company Confidential Fort Wayne, 46802
Experienced Paralegal Opening Position for a full time paralegal/legal assistant for Noble County Law Firm. FAMILY LAW and ESTATE PLANNING background preferred. Requirements: Family Law and/or Estate Planning exp. equivalent to not less than 5 yrs. Client confidentiality Attention to Detail Case Management and Reporting in use of Case Mgmt. Software for tracking of billable & non-billable work...
LEGAL Medical Malpractice Paralegal Medical litigation experience. Detail oriented. Self Motivated. BA required. Roberts Carroll Feldstein & Peirce. Resume: *****...
"Experienced paralegal wanted for successful boutique PI and civil litigation law firm. Salary commiserate with experience. Respond by email to *****...
Company Confidential Redondo Beach, CA, 90277
Paralegal - F/T So Bay law firm seeking F/T Paralegal w/exp in Probate & Estate Administration. Exp w/written discovery is a plus! Must be proficient in Word & able to work independently. Competitive salary & bnfts. Fax your resume to: 310-316-1823 Attn: Jennifer...
MidAmerica, a growing admin firm in downtown Lakeland, is seeking an individual with paralegal experience to handle varied retirement plan matters. Candidates must have strong research skills and advanced computer skills (incl. Excel). Health/Welfare (HRA, FSA) experience and/or retirement plan experience (401(a), 403(b) and 457 plans) is a plus. Applicant must be strong in their oral and written...
Company Confidential Palm Harbor, FL, 34684
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT/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 strong 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. W...
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...
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...
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...
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: *****...
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Some College Coursework Completed
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Assists attorneys by performing legal research; preparing legal documents; providing support during litigation processes;
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Organizes and maintains corporate entities such as corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, (LLC), and limited liability partnerships (LLP).
Attends court hearings to provide assistance with research or witnesses.
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