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.
Experienced personal injury paralegal sought. Very busy White Plains area firm seeking experienced paralegal. Please forward resume and salary requirements. Great opportunity for advancement. Salary Commensurate with experience. Office is located in Harrison, which is just south of White Plains in Westchester County, and is accessible by Metro North and the Bee Line Bus. Fluency in Spanish and Eng...
Entry Level paralegal to work for this leading law firm. This position will be working in the offices of the firm's client, a global financial institution. This is an outstanding opportunity for someone looking to build a career in finance. The ideal candidate will be have graduated from an ivy league school with a GPA of 3.4 or higher, ideally an economics or finance major. Outgoing personality,...
Bressler, Amery & Ross is a mid-sized law firm with over 100 lawyers and offices in four states, offering a broad range of legal services. Based in the firm’s Florham Park office, the Litigation Paralegal will support attorneys in the commercial litigation, insurance litigation and family law practice groups. Primary tasks include: Organizing case files and documents; Case tracking/docketing; Gath...
Company Confidential West Orange, NJ, 07052
Midsize Essex County law firm seeks Complex Commercial litigation paralegal with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a mid-to-large size law firm environment. Job duties include file management, drafting letters and legal documents, assembling documents for filing, preparing cases for trial, electronic court filing, and interfacing with courts and others. Candidate must be organized, efficient, de...
Manpower is seeking a Collections Legal Secretary/Paralegal in Albany, NY. This is a direct hire position with a reputable and established firm. Working hours are M-F 8am-5pm; pay is between $14.00 and $16.00 per hour. Responsibilities include: -Processing and filing a variety of court documents, both via paper and electronically -Creating documents from dictations and printed materials -Researchi...
Paralegal Job in Phoenix, AZ A prestigious company in the valley is looking to hire a Paralegal with 3-6 years of experience, this is a direct hire opportunity! If you meet qualifications below- Apply Now! The Paralegal job Duties and Responsibilities include: -Government relations including the resolution of legal issues with various branches and departments of government. -Maintain and update fi...
Ajilon Professional Staffing is currently recruiting for a Business Office Manager with experience in Contracts/ Paralegal for a client in Central NJ. In this position you will be responsible for preparing business/ legal communications, facilitating and tracking compliance initiatives and supporting various departments with other legal related administrative duties. If you are looking for an oppo...
Company Confidential Ambler, PA, 19002
LEGAL SECRETARY/PARALEGAL Wide range of duties including, but not limited to, drafting pleadings & routine correspondence; scheduling depositions & meetings; contact with local counsel; clients & Court personnel; e-filing with local Courts; calendaring; and use of legal data base system. Qualified candidates must have a minimum of three years litigation experience; have knowledge of the PA Rules o...
Company Confidential New York City, NY, 10018
Excellent opportunity to the in-house legal team of a large corporation. The role offers exposure to a wide range of corporate tasks and initiatives. Ideal opportunity for a law firm Paralegal looking to transition in-house or for a Paralegal looking to join a top-notch, global company. Responsibilities include: - Drafting resolutions, delegations, secretary certificates, and powers of attorney -...
Job Description : The Senior Corporate Paralegal involves day-to-day coordination and close interaction with the Associate Director, Corporate Governance, Vice President and Associate General Counsel and Corporate Paralegal for the Corporate Practice Group within a global organization. In this position, s/he will assist in the day-to-day management of a portfolio of international and domestic subs...
Job Description : This position involves day-to-day coordination and close interaction with the Associate Director, Corporate Governance, Vice President and Associate General Counsel and Corporate Paralegal for the Corporate Practice Group within a global organization. In this position, s/he will assist in the day-to-day management of a portfolio of international and domestic subsidiaries. This po...
ICANN has an exciting new opportunity for a Paralegal in our Los Angeles office. The Paralegal will report directly to the Deputy General Counsel, performing Paralegal functions of a variable, complex problem solving and responsible nature which require a significant degree of knowledge, decision-making skills and independent judgment. He/she will prepare drafts of various agreements, certificates...
Summary: This position is primarily responsible for supporting the firm's team of litigation attorneys by performing the following duties. Excellent opportunity to work in a unique law firm environment where dedication is recognized and new ideas are welcomed. SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & ABILITIES: Experienced litigation paralegal comfortable in preparing pleadings, discovery requests and responses, motio...
Company: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc. Division: SMSD - Diagnostics Location: NY - Tarrytown Req ID: 135977 Position Title: Patent Paralegal Experience Level: Mid Level Education Required: Bachelors Degree Travel Required: No Company Description: Siemens’ Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a leader in medical imaging, laboratory diagnosti...
We are looking for someone with 3-5 years paralegal experience, preferable IP/patent litigation. Position requires strong organizational skills and ability to work on multiple concurrent projects calmly and confidently. Must be detail oriented and have good word-processing skills. Experience should include electronic court filing, motion practice, legal and fact cite-checking, and familiarity with...
Atlantic Law Group, LLC is a real property focused company offering sophisticated products and services through highly efficient processes, innovative technology and skilled team members. We are currently looking for a Litigation Paralegal to grow our expanding team. This position is responsible for and involves responding to and drafting all aspects of litigation. Major Duties and Responsibilitie...
Company Confidential Dallas, TX, 75231
A three-attorney law firm with a heavy focus on family law and personal injury has an immediate need for a full-time paralegal. The candidate must have at least two years of experience as a legal assistant or paralegal. The ideal candidate will have family law, personal injury or other litigation experience, as well as training from an accredited institution. The position involves a wide range of...
Company Confidential New York, NY
We are working with a boutique business litigation firm in Midtown East seeking a litigation paralegal with trial and complex litigation experience. You must have the following experience to be considered: 3-8 years experience working on complex litigation Stable employment history Experience with electronic litigation databases (Summation, Concordance, Relativity, etc.) Trial experience Cite chec...
Company Confidential Bohemia, NY, 11716
Paralegal with 5+ years of Insurance Defense Litigation experience for a firm in Suffolk County. You should have demonstrative skills in managing files and discovery, authorizations and medical records review,discovery demands, motion practice including drafting and trial preparation. A successful candidate must have a strong command of MS Word and knowledge/experience with computer based case man...
Marinosci Law Group is searching for a transactional real estate paralegal near the western suburbs of Chicago to add to our staff. The ideal candidate should be very organized, able to work independently, proficient with a computer, and have strong written and verbal communication skills. Familiarity with all aspects of real estate closings, including titles, surveys, lenders, associations, and m...
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$24,960.00 - $67,704.00
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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).
Organizes and tracks legal documentation such as case files.
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