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.
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...
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...
New York-New York City - Entry level paralegal 2013- 2014 grad thinking of law school OR career paralegal? 2 year commitment required. Opportunity to assist with client intake, data management in mid sized Plaintiff firm. Paralegal Certificate or legal internship A , NOT required. 3.2 GPA. Great culture, team environment. email *****...
PARALEGAL/LEGAL ASSISTANT Corbin Law Firm is seeking a full time Paralegal or Legal Assistant with 2+ years of experience. Applicants must be professional, organized, and able to work independently. Email confidential cover letter with salary requirements and resume' to ***** As Posted in the Florence Morning News...
Prestigious large law firm is seeking a litigation paralegal to join their legal team! Qualified applicants will be knowledgeable in business litigation and or personal injury, have strong experience in handling large, complex, document intensive litigation matters. Strong drafting skills and a thorough knowledge of the rules of civil procedure and court rules are necessary. Ideal candidate will h...
PARALEGAL Palm Beach Gardens Law firm seeks residential/commercial real estate paralegal with a minimum of 5 years experience from contract to post-close. Experience with contract, and loan & closing document preparation required. Must be Doubletime and Microsoft Word proficient, organized, self-starter and a team player. Send resume with salary requirements to ***** keywords: le...
Paralegal Beardsley, Jensen & Von Wald is seeking a full-time paralegal to assist with a busy civil litigation practice. Candidates should possess strong organizational, multitasking & computer skills. Excellent grammar, spelling, punctuation & attention to detail are also required. Candidates should have experience in drafting correspondence & pleadings; document management; knowledge of court ru...
Company Confidential San Diego, CA, 92130
Corporate bankruptcy law firm seeks qualified, part time legal assistant/paralegal on an independent contractor basis. Responsibilities include (i) administrative support for active, lead attorney, (ii) understanding and coordination of various client and business development matters, and (iii) light paralegal services. Firm is located in the Del Mar/Carmel Valley area of San Diego....
RESPONSIBILITIES: A Kforce client is seeking Paralegal II in Columbus, Ohio (OH). This is a great opportunity but a temporary position with this company. Description: The position will proficiently works with Corporate Lawyers in areas such as litigation, real estate, bankruptcy, loan documentation, contract drafting, leasing, foreclosure. Responsibilities: Compare contract documentation to system...
Paralegal or legal secretary for sole practitioner in Tampa, who does probate and trust administration, business formation and transactions, estate planing , real estate , tax work and litigation. Must prepare correspondence , drafts of documents , accounting for estates and for trusts, calendar events and actions , handle billing, accounts receivable and accounts payable and order office supplies...
Company Confidential New York, NY
Vibrant, well-known law firm in the residential lending industry is looking for a self-motivated lawyer, legal assistant or real estate paralegal to join our team in servicing residential mortgage lenders and brokers. The ideal candidate must have experience at a real estate firm, an extremely positive attitude, strong ability to multi-task, enjoy working closely with others and possess outstandin...
Company Confidential Hinsdale, IL, 60521
Paralegal/secretary with 2-5 years of strong estate planning and estate administration experience who is good with clients and can work well with others in the firm. We include discretionary bonuses, vacation, sick time, but no health insurance as of yet....
Job Description: Act-1 Legal Solutions is working with a nationally known insurance provider for an in-house legal secretary and paralegal position. This opportunity is perfect for a hybrid candidate who was responsible for secretarial administrative duties, prior to attaining his/her paralegal certificate and working as such in a firm, or in-house, setting. The organization wants a candidate with...
Company Confidential Bowie, MD, 20716
Bowie Law Firm, which practices real estate, business and criminal law in Maryland, DC and Virginia is seeking a highly motivated paralegal with attention to detail. Successful candidate will be responsible for preparing correspondence, motions and subpoenas as well as meeting with clients and witnesses....
Small Law Firm seeks highly experienced paralegal. Practice areas include Family Law and Civil Litigation. Candidate should have current knowledge of CRCP and FRCP as well as UDMA statutes and procedures. All applicants must have a minimum of 7 years of current employment in these fields. Minimum 75 WPM typing required. Must have up to date E filing skills in all courts of record. Be able to work...
1st Choice, LLC is seeking a Paralegal for an exciting opportunity with our Federal client in Tallahasee, FL. RESPONSIBILITIES Provide a legal assistant with the knowledge; skills and abilities to perform the duties as specified. Ability to use, understand and maintain directories, personnel lists and other guides and references to provide a variety of information on the office and to refer questi...
Pavese Law Firm is currently recruiting for a full-time Real Estate Paralegal/Legal Secretary for our Fort Myers office. This position supports the Real Estate and Land Use Practice Group. Responsibilities: Condo and HOA experience required. Coordinate due diligence for a variety of commercial and residential real estate transactions. Review and summarize title commitments, surveys, and title obje...
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Beacon Hill Legal is searching for several Transactional Paralegals for new roles in the loop! We are working with law firms on Corporate Paralegal positions and Real Estate Paralegal positions with mid level experience. Corporate position is with large national law firm with a stable Chicago office. The firm is tech-forward, sophisticated work load, and other paralegals to work with the candidate...
Lease & LaBau, Inc. is your one source for legal recruiting. For the past twenty-four years, we have specialized in the placement of professionals in the legal workplace. Located in New York City, Lease & LaBau has provided individual services for clients and candidates. Lease & LaBau, Inc. offers a team of professionals with expertise in recruiting and prior law firm employment. Our staff will tr...
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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).
Assists in trial or hearing preparation by compiling lists of witnesses and ensuring they will attend proceedings; conducting pre-trial interviews; scheduling appearances by expert witnesses; preparing exhibits and documentation; researching jury issues.
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