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...
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
Job Reference:14-385818Position/TitleParalegal / Bilingual ParalegalMetro AreaOmaha NE-IAStateNEDescriptionAre you a certified paralegal? If so , we want to speak with you. A well-established personal injury law office located in south Omaha is looking to add a bilingual (English/Spanish) paralegal to their team.The ideal paralegal candidate will have :- 2 years experience in personal injury law- ...
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...
Job Description: This Paralegal Position Features: ? Paid Benefits ? Paid Holidays ? Career Development Terrific opportunity for a professional individual ready to move ahead in a great career as a Paralegal in Denver, CO. QUALIFICATIONS ? Paralegal certificate. ? At least one year of litigation paralegal experience required; trial experience very helpful. ? Automated litigation support e...
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ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Performs duties and responsibilities commensurate with assigned functional area which may include any combination of the following tasks: Secretarial • Current General Litigation skills. • Drafting, redrafting and formatting legal documents such as motions, affidavits, pleadings and other legal documents; • Transcribing dictation; • Timekeeper time ent...
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC has an immediate opening for a Litigation Paralegal in its Houston office. All candidates must have: · A Bachelor’s Degree and/or a paralegal certificate from an ABA-approved paralegal program · At least five years of prior litigation experience · Familiarity with real estate litigation and title is preferred · Strong organizational, interper...
Ciancio Ciancio Brown, a Broomfield law firm, is seeking a civil litigation paralegal with at least five (5) years’ experience. Experience in corporate and construction matters is a plus. Position requires excellent PC and document organizational skills, working knowledge of all Microsoft products and highly experienced with docketing and calendaring required. Ideal candidate will have a strong or...
The West Valley Staffing Group Recruitment team is currently seeking a Paralegal for our client in San Jose, CA. THIS IS A TEMPORARY CONTRACT POSITION. Our client specializes in collaborating with customers on methodology and technology adoption, the design process, and talent development to enhance productivity and reduce risk. Their world-class engineering services teams leverage advanced, pro...
Special Counsel is seeking a Personal Injury Paralegal with Plaintiffs' experience for a busy Center City firm. Both temporary and permanent candidates will be considered. Qualified professionals must have at least three years of experience as a paralegal with some Plaintiff PI. Candidates must also be familiar with Philadelphia procedure as well as the local counties and be able to e-file. If in...
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...
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, P.C. has an immediate opening for a business immigration paralegal in its Birmingham, AL Office. Candidates must have either a Bachelor's Degree and/or a paralegal certificate from an ABA approved paralegal program. Spanish, German, Portuguese or other foreign language fluency preferred, but not required. Some responsibilities include: assisting att...
Candidates must have at least 5 year of experience in litigation. Under the supervision of the administrator and/or assigned attorneys, the legal assistant/paralegal/secretary is responsible for assisting attorney as needed, including, but not limited to: a. Draft documents as requested. b. File and record documents as needed. c. Recording timekeepers (attorneys and legal assistants) time into...
Job Title: Corporate Paralegal Secretary Job Code: RCI-PHI-5073-1 Job location:- Washington D.C, 20068 Duration: 6 Months JOB DESCRIPTION: Working as an Executive Assistant, including supporting multiple managers Law Firm experience supporting multiple Attorneys Must have attention to detail and deadline experience Preferred experience with SEC Filings, Proxy/Annual Report and other items ...
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...
Position ID:33071 Position Title:Paralegal I Min Education Desired:Associate Degree Travel Percentage:0% Relocation:No Job Summary:Imagine working for a company that truly cares about their employees, customers, stakeholders, and communities they serve. Imagine working for a values-driven organization that has the ambition and desire to be the best global insurance company in the world. Zur...
Company Confidential Houston, TX, 77002
Prestigious trial law firm located downtown seeking a legal assistant with litigation experience (2 years). Applicant must be able to manage a heavy case load, e-file both state and federal, do trial prep., calendar, compile pleadings and summarize medical records. Applicant must also be very organized, be aware of deadlines, be able to multi-task and interact with clients in a calm, professional ...
Job Description: Immediate need for Worker's Compensation paralegal seeking competitive salary and benefits, company invested in your success and professional environment. ***Heavy experience in Worker's Compensation preferred!*** Ability to work independently and ability to meet deadlines will be keys to success in this position. Duties include (among others): -Schedule depositions, doctor?s ...
Company Confidential Houston, TX, 77056
Duane Morris LLP, a law firm with 700+ attorneys in offices across the U.S. and internationally, is seeking a Paralegal for its Houston office.The right candidate must possess a minimum of 5-7 years litigation experience. Extensive trial experience as well as knowledge of federal and state court regulations, and docket experience required. Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills along wi...
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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.
Attends court hearings to provide assistance with research or witnesses.
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