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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Everett Kelley Associates, Inc. Houston, TX
Job Description: LITIGATION PARALEGAL Leading, well established Philadelphia based law firm is seeking a bright and experienced Litigation Paralegal to join their growing Center City Philadelphia team. This is an excellent opportunity to join a stable, successful firm offering exciting and challenging work within a friendly, professional working environment. The Litigation Paralegal will work v...
MajorWestcott Group, LLC Houston, TX
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Legal Assistant (JD, Paralegal Certificate or Associates in Paralegal Studies Required) - EOUSA(93998) USA-DC-Washington Security Clearance:DOJ MBI Clearance Status:Must be Obtainable Schedule:Full Time : Type of Travel:None Percent of Travel Required:None Description Duties and Responsibilities: Performs moderately complex litigation support tasks, including, for example, detailed revie...
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...
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Company Confidential Houston, TX, 77057
Established Personal Injury Defense Law Firm seeking experienced Paralegal/Legal Assistant to assist with personal injury litigation docket. The ideal candidate is highly motivated, demonstrates a positive attitude and is able to meet specific deadlines. The duties include preparation of basic pleadings and discovery, scheduling depositions and mediations, summarizing medical records and depositio...
Special Counsel is the largest full-service legal staffing company in the United States, and we are looking for an enthusiastic and extremely organized go-getter to fill a permanent and full-time In-House Corporate Paralegal Job in Kansas City, MO (the location may change to Wichita, KS). This position is with a well-known company that has operations around the world and offers great benefits. In...
Dallas Personal Injury Law Firm seeking to fill various positions. Currently hiring Attorneys, Paralegals, Legal Assistants and Receptionist. Must have 5 years of experience. Bilingual (Spanish & English) is preferred. Salary is based off of experience. If interested please send resumes to *****...
Franklin Templeton Investments is a leading global investment management organization due to the efforts of our greatest assets - our employees. We have over 9,000 employees working in 60 offices around the world, servicing investment solutions for our clients in more than 150 countries. We believe in our corporate values of putting clients first, building relationships, achieving quality results,...
Company Confidential Dallas, TX
Prestigious family law boutique looking for a Paralegal. Applicant should have at a minimum a paralegal certificate or experience in family law. Applicant should have good interaction with clients, strong organization skills and ability to work well with others is a must. Must have ability to work in a fast paced environment and prefer to be familiar with Word, Wordperfect, Excel, Pro Docs, and Ti...
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RESPONSIBILITIES: A Kforce client is seeking a Paralegal in Springfield, Massachusetts (MA). Responsibilities: Assist in researching legal precedent, investigating facts, or reviewing legal documents Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action Working offsite with members of current team Due dilegence assignment reviewing contents of bo...
Paralegal Wayzata, MN Humera is looking for a Paralegal for our client in Wayzata, a company that provides food, agriculture, risk management, financial and industrial products and services around the globe. The candidate in this position will be working with internal businesses such as food ingredients, agricultural supply chain and industrial specialties. This is a long-term, contract assignm...
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz has an opening for an experienced medical malpractice paralegal in its Memphis office. Educational requirements include a four year undergraduate degree and/or a paralegal certificate from an ABA approved paralegal program. All qualified applicants should have a minimum of three to five years of litigation defense experience. Each applicant should p...
Green Tree's parent company, Walter Investment Management Corp., is looking for a dynamic individual to join their growing company as a Corporate Paralegal. OBJECTIVES OF POSITION Assist with preparation and filing of SEC reports, proxy statements, Section 16 filings, etc. Assist with corporate secretarial duties including preparation and distribution of Board of Director/Committee materials. In...
Spanish and English Fluent Applicants Only. Position Description: Primary functions will involve more traditional administrative/clerical duties including: answering the telephone, greeting visitors, word processing of documents, filing, typing, transcribing, maintaining calendars, copying, faxing, and basic clerical and administrative support. The Ideal Candidate Will Have the Following Skills...
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Company Confidential Kansas City, MO, 64106
Job Purpose: A jack-of-all trades position with room for growth financially and in terms of responsibility. Supports law office operations by monitoring many facets of its operations. This position will provide paralegal/secretarial/and office management duties--everything from interviewing witnesses and prospective clients and drafting simple pleadings to managing supplies and inventory to manag...
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$24,960.00 - $67,704.00
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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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Prepares court documents including pleadings, discovery requests, motion papers, and settlement documents.
Investigates the validity of documents such as wills or tax returns.
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