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.
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...
Kinder Morgan HOUSTON, TX
Position Description 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...
POSITION: Paralegal – Plaintiff’s Paralegal (Medical Malpractice; 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, medical malpractice, complex litigation, client intake, record review, discovery, etc. superior organizational and communication skills COMPENS...
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- ...
Counsel on Call Phoenix, AZ, 85002
Counsel On Call seeks a senior paralegal to assist a corporate legal department in the Phoenix area. This is a contract engagement, and the work will be on-site at the client's location. Requirements: - At least two to three years of solid experience drafting and negotiating software licenses, support and service agreements with customers, supply/distribution agreements with vendors, and RFPs fr...
AbbVie, Inc Crown Point, IN
The Legal Contract’s Paralegal will be part of the AbbVie’ s R&D legal team and will be responsible for (i) ensuring that contracts for AbbVie businesses meet AbbVie’s legal standards and client requirements, and (ii) advising AbbVie’ s businesses regarding legal, regulatory, and internal-policy compliance obligations. Key responsibilities: This position requires interaction with internal client...
Davenport University Grand Rapids, MI
This position acts as a paralegal assisting the Mel Trotter Ministries Legal Clinic law clerk students and attorneys at the clinic, performing clerical office functions related to daily operations, as well as assisting the attorneys with substantive legal work including but not limited to legal research, screening clients, etc. These responsibilities are performed in an ethical manner consistent w...
Christopher & Banks Corp Plymouth, MN, 55447
Overview: Christopher & Banks is looking for a Corporate Paralegal at our Corporate Office, located in Plymouth, MN. Christopher & Banks is a well known specialty retailer; we’ve been dressing women for over 50 years. Our mission is to design for and speak to the boomer consumer in a way no other retailer does. If you work best in an environment of teamwork and genuine collaboration, are an opti...
Arcadis White Plains, NY, 10601
This position will report to the Water Division Counsel and support the responsible attorneys in the ARCADIS U.S., Inc. White Plains, New York office. This position is 15-20 hours a week. The days and hours are flexible. Responsibilities include, but not limited to: Creating, maintaining, and managing contract case management system, subpoena, document hold databases and litigation/claims databa...
Sallie Mae Inc Newark, DE, 19712
» Return to Search Results Title Senior Paralegal Req ID R00160 Description Sallie Mae (NASDAQ: SLM) is the nation's No. 1 financial services company specializing in education. Celebrating 40 years of making a difference, Sallie Mae continues to turn education dreams into reality for American families, today serving 25 million customers. With products and services that include 529 college sa...
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati San Diego, CA, 92140
New locations. New business ventures. New career opportunities. Working at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is a challenging and rewarding experience. Our firm is recognized as the leader in providing legal and business advice to technology, life sciences and growth companies at all stages of development. Our broad spectrum of practices and entrepreneurial spirit allow our staff exceptional opport...
American Cybersystems New York, NY, 10007
Duration 3 months. Qualified candidate will provide support including, but not limited to, reviewing Investor subscription documents and performing Choicepoint searches on investors/beneficial owners. Review and approve Fund of Funds subscription documents. Review and validate W9 and W8 tax forms. Candidate must possess strong computer skills and be able to read & analyze legal documents. A paral...
Compass Group Charlotte, NC, 28201
A Fresh Approach to Great Results. Charlotte-based Compass Group North America is the leader in foodservice management and support services. By combining fresh ideas with the industry's greatest talent, we continue to set the standards for food and service excellence. Our vision for success is a powerful one - to continue to rise above the competition in every aspect of our business - from l...
Carhartt Dearborn, MI, 48120
Overview: Under the direction of the Director of Legal Affairs, the paralegal position will support the company processes and procedures related to litigation, contracts, corporate governance, legal management and research. Representative Responsibilities: Act as the liaison between the business units and the legal team by reviewing and gathering information for legal and business purposes. Rev...
About Philadelphia Energy Solutions Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) is a leading manufacturer of petroleum and petrochemical products. PES owns and operates two domestic refineries, Girard Point and Point Breeze, the longest continuously operating refineries on the East Coast. PES processes approximately 350,000 barrels of crude oil per day, making...
A well know manufacturing company is looking for paralegals that have two plus years of experience at a large firm. This is ONLY a temp assignment, but they are looking to hire on one jr. paralegal by the end of the year. Duties include (but not limited to): • Assisting with management of contracts, vendor and confidentiality agreements • Provide administrative support to the Sr. Paralegal and ...
Huntsman currently has an immediate opening for a dynamic individual with proven capability as a/an Trademark Paralegal in The Woodlands Administrative HQ, TX 77380 US Essential responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to the following: Manage Company's international trademark portfolio and related trademark issues, including Conduct Preliminary Searches Administration of ...
PricewaterhouseCoopers New York, NY, 10007
The Global Office of General Counsel (Global OGC) serves the Network Leadership and the Global Network of Firms (the Network), providing dedicated legal support in the following areas: Litigation and Regulatory Matters, Counselling, and Corporate/Commercial matters. Global OGC Paralegals serve as a Network specialist on admissions and cessations of entities to/from the Network and on management o...
Ameriprise Financial De Pere, WI, 54115
Research legal and regulatory requirements and industry practices relevant to business issues presented to General Counsel's Office. Provide advice and recommendations appropriate to level of knowledge and research performed. Prepare legal documents, including legal memoranda and responses to inquiries. Provide legal review of communications prepared within line of business. Reports to General Cou...
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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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