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.
Talis Group, Inc. Indiana, IN
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Robert Half Atlanta, GA
Description Robert Half Legal is seeking a commercial real estate paralegal with escrow and underwriting experience. Experience with title insurance is preferred. Candidates need to be technology savvy and have excellent customer service abilities. This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking for a collegial, non-billable hour, family-oriented environment. For immediate consideration, p...
Job Requisition Number: 93998 Category: Service Primary Location: Washington, DC, US Security Clearance: DOJ MBI Clearance Status: Must be Obtainable Schedule: Full Time Type of Travel: Percent of Travel Required: None Description : Duties and Responsibilities: Performs moderately complex litigation support tasks, including, for example, detailed review and analysis of case materials in ...
POSITION: Paralegal – Plaintiff’s Paralegal (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, complex litigation, client intake, record review, discovery, etc. superior organizational and communication skills COMPENSATION: $50K, 401K, PTO, warm and exciting ...
Job Requisition Number: 91580 Category: Service Primary Location: Washington, DC, US Security Clearance: DOJ MBI Clearance Status: Must be Obtainable Schedule: Full Time Type of Travel: Percent of Travel Required: Up to 10% Description : The USAO-DC requires paralegal support services to include direct legal support, clerical and administrative support, and automated litigation assistance...
Paralegal/Legal Assistant (Paralegal Certificate or Associates in Paralegal Studies Required)(91580) USA-DC-Washington Security Clearance:DOJ MBI Clearance Status:Must be Obtainable Schedule:Full Time : Type of Travel:Continental US Percent of Travel Required:Up to 10% Description The USAO-DC requires paralegal support services to include direct legal support, clerical and administrative ...
Senior Paralegal(s) - San Francisco, CA(90682) USA-CA-San Francisco Security Clearance:NACI Clearance Status:Must be Obtainable Schedule:Full Time : Type of Travel:Local 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 requests for collecti...
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...
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...
Company Confidential Beachwood, OH, 44122
Job Purpose: Serves clients by developing case information, evidence, and settlement; forwarding file to litigation, under supervision of an attorney. Duties: * Builds cases by interviewing prospective clients; obtaining case information; reviewing information with an attorney. * Collects case evidence and documentation by contacting people involved in the case; inputting information into file...
PARALEGAL - Probate and trust admin. PT/FT, exp a plus, detail oriented. Medical & 401k. Fax resume 727-785-5669 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 superb Microsoft Word skills, be detail oriented and able to prepare complex legal documents from dictation while answe...
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...
This position will report directly to a Managing Partner. The role the right candidate will play is a highly visible position, responsible for coordination of activities and ensuring timely flow of information to and from the partner’s office. The ideal candidate will be dynamic, energetic, have a much disciplined planning and time management approach, and the ability to react quickly to changes a...
A corporation is searching for a temporary Corporate Paralegal or Administrative Assistant. Looking for a high level administrative assistant to assist with a detail oriented project. Must be smart and highly organized. Will be assisting the legal department with a due diligence project and collecting information. Assignment to last approximately 2 weeks. Gibson Arnold & Associates is a national ...
A corporation is searching for a Real Estate Paralegal. Candidates should have at least 2 years of real estate experience, including closing real estate deals/transactions. Paralegal certificate if preferred. Great opportunity to join a dynamic organization. Gibson Arnold & Associates is a national legal staffing firm with over 32 years experience in placing attorneys, paralegals, legal secretari...
Special Counsel is seeking a Corporate Paralegal for a large company in Center City Philadelphia. This position requires a strong transactions background. This is an exciting temp-to-perm opportunity with a well-established national company. Job Description: Draft, edit and review a high volume of contracts Prepare initial document drafts, ensuring consistency of agreement terms and conditions ...
Position ID:33591 Position Title:Paralegal Min Education Desired:Associate Degree Travel Percentage:10-25% Relocation:No Job Summary:We are currently looking for a Paralegal for our Concord office. The Paralegal would be gathering, analyzing and organizing information, legal pleadings, and discovery and construction documents pertaining to litigation files for Trial Attorneys. Prepares draft...
Our client, a downtown Houston law firm, is seeking a Litigation Legal Secretary/Paralegal with 5-10 years’ experience. This candidate must have strong communication skills, be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, specifically proficient in PowerPoint, electronic filing for both Federal and State courts, and must type at least 50 wpm or more. Some of the responsibilities include any and all admin...
Duane Morris LLP, a law firm with more than 700 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally, is seeking Temporary Paralegals for its Philadelphia headquarters. The right candidates must have a minimum of 3-5 years of litigation experience with an emphasis on foreclosure-related matters. Must have strong writing skills and the ability to work independently. Excellent organizat...
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$24,960.00 - $67,704.00
Typical Salary for Paralegal/Legal Assistant
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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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Drafts legal documents such as contracts, mortgages, and separation agreements.
Prepares court documents including pleadings, discovery requests, motion papers, and settlement documents.
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