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.
Counsel Press' New York, NY location is searching for a full-time paralegal to join a seasoned team in the preparation of our client’s appellate filings. Our New York location is a fast paced environment with the most seasoned team in New York. We offer extensive training to ensure your success, and the success of our team members. We are now seeking the right individual to join us for long-term e...
POSITION: Paralegal – Plaintiff’s Paralegal (Medical Malpractice; Complex Litigation) INDUSTRY: Law LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA (Center City) Requirements: 5+ years of paralegal experience at a law firm, ability to handle all phases of Plaintiff’s work, medical malpractice, complex litigation, client intake, record review, discovery, etc. superior organizational and communication skills COMPENS...
Marten Transport Charlotte, NC
Researches and resolves issues and matters through detailed review and/or examination of documentation and through factual investigation. Provides background for specific client inquiries, claims, disputes, cases and/or proceedings under the direction of an attorney. Provides support to a specialized practice or functional area within the Legal Group requiring a high degree of analytical, written ...
Marten Transport Nebraska, NE
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JMA Bellevue, WA
Job Description: Provides support to attorneys. Under the direction of an attorney, resolves routine legal issues. Researches and analyzes law sources such as statutes, recorded judicial decisions, legal articles, treaties, constitutions, and legal codes to prepare legal documents, such as briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts, etc. Minimum Required Skills / Competencies: 2-4 years experie...
Large multi-billion revenue energy client is seeking a Paralegal -Commercial Contracts to assist in its Legal department. The client is located in west Houston. The contract is expected to be for six (6) months. The pay rate depends on overall experience and qualifications. · Provide routine commercial paralegal services in connection with contracts, finance and real estate matters, bankruptcies,...
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CORPORATE PARALEGAL JDS Uniphase Corporation is seeking to hire anexceptional paralegal to work with senior legal management and other professionals to support the corporate legal department. Responsibilities will include facilitating, organizing, and providing substantive support for corporate governance and compliance initiatives, strategic transactions, investments, litigation support, trainin...
Witherspoon Law Offices, Farmington, CT, seeks experienced foreclosure paralegal. Candidates must have a minimum of five years experience, be conversant with LPS, and be able to handle a large file volume. Opportunity knocks!...
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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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We are looking for a bilingual immigration paralegal with at least two years of experience working on immigration files in a law office. Applicants must be able to speak, read, and write in both English and Spanish fluently. Applicant should be familiar with USCIS forms and their preparation. Office is located in Charlotte NC, applicant may be required to attend court sessions with an attorney, an...
DLA Piper, a leader in the practice of law worldwide, seeks an experienced, highly organized, detail-oriented Sr. Corporate and Finance Paralegal for our San Francisco, CA office. Under the supervision of attorneys, performs a range of substantive case, matter or entity related duties. Prepares drafts of legal and other documents and correspondence for attorney review. Compiles, analyzes and summa...
DLA Piper, a leader in the practice of law worldwide, seeks an experienced, highly organized, detail-oriented Sr. Corporate and Finance Paralegal for our Palo Alto, CA office. Under the supervision of attorneys, performs a range of substantive case, matter or entity related duties. Prepares drafts of legal and other documents and correspondence for attorney review. Compiles, analyzes and summarize...
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Company Confidential Winston Salem, NC, 27101
We are a full-service firm in Winston-Salem looking for a paralegal/legal assistant in the areas of criminal defense, family law, and civil litigation. Job Requirements: * Develop cases by building and maintaining relationships with clients and obtaining case information; review information with attorney. * Enhances attorney's effectiveness by monitoring case progress; alerting attorney of issu...
One of the largest and busiest law firms in the Dallas – Fort Worth area is looking for an experienced, professional, and capable paralegal. This is a tremendous opportunity to work for a financially stable and respected law firm handling challenging cases. Duties: Assisting attorneys in the preparation of documentation for bankruptcy filings according to established procedures. Communicates le...
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Please note this is a 6 months contract position Skills: Contract Drafting, Strong Negotiation skills, Software/Technology Background, Experience with Technology Companies is a MUST Job Description: • Software licensing and technology background • Proficient in contract drafting and interpretation • Comfortable supporting negotiations as needed • 3 years or more experience For consideration...
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$24,960.00 - $67,704.00
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Education / Training
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).
Researches case law or case details, using computerized research systems.
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