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.
Position: Paralegal - Junior Duration: 3 months plus Location: Cupertino, CA Paralegal to assist the legal law enforcement and privacy team. Duties: Assist with the intake of law enforcement subpoenas, court orders, and search warrants. Will also assist with sending correspondence to requesting law enforcement agents. The paralegals will be reviewing legal process and evaluating the information th...
Hello, My name is Nickolas and I represent The Fountain Group. We are a national staffing firm and are currently seeking a Paralegal (Litigation) for a prominent client of ours. This position is located in Abbott Park, IL. Details for the positions are as follows: Job Description: Paralegal to assist company paralegal in legal holds and discovery for pending litigation matter. Litigation experienc...
Full Time Permanent Position for a large US Company. B-1043 Paralegal – Excel Aerospace BOLTS Law Lexis Defence CourtLink WestLaw Location: Job is in Dallas, TX Domain: Law Enforcement Experience: 7-10 Years Salary: $59k-$70K Experienced Paralegal is required who must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks. Job Responsibilities: Assisting the attorney with a wide var...
Full Time Permanent Position for a large US Company. B-1043 Paralegal – Excel BOLTS Aerospace Defence Law WestLaw Lexis CourtLink Location: Job is in Dallas, TX Domain: Law Enforcement Experience: 7-10 Years Salary: $59k-$70K Experienced Paralegal is required having responsibility for assisting with compliance programs such as anti-corruption, privacy, data retention, and drafting and maintaining...
Current Openings for Paralegals in Tampa, Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida. Apply today! New orders arrive frequently; send your resume for future openings if the areas of law below are not a match for you. Downtown Tampa Law Firm has a permanent opening for a paralegal with experience in business litigation, commercial litigation, creditors rights, financial institution litigation, banking, regul...
Full Time Permanent Position for a large US Company. B-1043 Paralegal – Excel BOLTS Work Independently PowerPoint Presentations Location: Job is in Dallas, TX Domain: Law Enforcement Experience: 7-10 Years Salary: $59k-$70K Job Requirements: Ability to maintain confidentiality with sensitive matters as they arise, including encryption and proprietary legends, is absolutely required. Able to create...
Pre-Litigation Personal Injury – Paralegal - Greenbelt law firm seeks experienced pre-litigation personal injury paralegal accustom to handling a large caseload. Two to three years relevant experience required. Candidate must be proficient in using Microsoft Office Suite. Candidate must possess professional demeanor, strong communication and writing skills. We offer a friendly, business casual atm...
RESPONSIBILITIES: Our client is seeking a Paralegal/Legal Assistant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PA). Description: This individual with be assisting with contract related reviews and administration. They will be filling out form documents to create contracts getting the needed information from different areas within to go into the contract. They would also be adding in disclosure statements and wo...
Full Time Permanent Position for a large US Company. B-1051 Senior Transactional Paralegal - Strong Analytical Effectively Communicate Location: Job is in Houston, TX Domain: Law Enforcement Experience: 5-10 Years Salary: $70k - $85k Job Requirements: Strong analytical, problem solving and organizational skills are imperative Ability to effectively use on-line tools for review of statutes, and adm...
RESPONSIBILITIES: Our client is seeking an AML/KYC Paralegal for their Brooklyn, NY location. This is a great opportunity but a temporary position with this company. Job Requirements: We are looking for high performing individuals interested in a challenging new opportunity. The opening is available for high performing individuals who have deep experience an understanding in all or most of the fol...
Our client, a small multi-practice firm in Boca, is seeking a Real Estate paralegal or legal assistant. Must know Closings & Post closings residential and/or commercial real estate. Smaller size firm offers good benefits and a generally nice, family environment. Requirements: Current verifiable references Recent law firm experience Title experience, preparing title commitments, examining title, et...
Full Time Permanent Position for a large US Company. B-1043 Paralegal – Excel BOLTS Aerospace Defence Law Lexis CourtLink WestLaw Location: Job is in Dallas, TX Domain: Law Enforcement Experience: 7-10 Years Salary: $59k-$70K Job Responsibilities: Assisting the attorney with a wide variety of legal issues. Drafting, reviewing and negotiating contractual provisions, software and data licenses, lett...
Hello, My name is Noah Jones and I represent The Fountain Group. We are a national staffing firm and are currently seeking a Paralegal (Litigation) for a prominent client of ours. This position is located in North Chicago, IL. Details for the positions are as follows: Duties: Coordinate and organize requests for discovery in litigation matters. Assist attorneys in case preparation and fact finding...
Full Time Permanent Position for a large US Company. B-1051 Senior Transactional Paralegal - GAP FIRPTA Tax Location: Job is in Houston, TX Domain: Law Enforcement Experience: 5-10 Years Salary: $70k - $85k Job Responsibilities: Orders title searches and surveys, review for defects, draft objection letters and resolve title problems Draft closing documents for acquisitions and divestitures includi...
Downtown Tampa Law Firm has a permanent opening for a paralegal with experience in business litigation, commercial litigation, creditors rights, financial institution litigation, banking, regulatory, complex litigation. In this position you will work with a partner on various complex commercial litigation transactions. Duties may include drafting legal documents, reviewing, organizing, analyzing o...
LegalSource is looking for a talented Trusts & Estates Paralegal for a top firm in the Greenwich/NYC area. This is an excellent opportunity to join a winning team! The successful candidate will have a minimum of 2 years experience handling T&E files, strong organization and technical skills. Our client offers a warm, friendly working environment, full benefits including a 401K and a competitive co...
LegalSource is looking for an experienced Litigation Paralegal for a temp to hire assignment for a mid-size insurance defense firm in Hartford. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 3 years’ experience, organization and file management skills, e-filing and strong technical skills. Position has great potential to become a permanent position. For immediate consideration, please forward res...
LegalSource is looking for an experienced and talented Trusts & Estates Paralegal for our prestigious corporate client. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 8 years experience preparing fiduciary tax returns, probate filings, probate accountings along with the preparation of federal and state estate tax returns. A bachelors degree in accounting preferred, will consider candidates with s...
LegalSource has a urgent need for a talented Trusts & Estates Paralegal for a contract opportunity at a well-respected firm. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 3 years’ experience handling T&E files: gathering, identifying and preparing the valuation of assets, production of probate and accounting documents, drafting client correspondence, preparation of death tax returns, preparation...
Five attorney central Pennsylvania law firm based in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania seeks a full time paralegal / legal assistant to assist primarily with litigation, real estate transactions, disability claims, and estate administration. Salary based on experience. Employee can participate in the firm's retirement plan and health insurance plan....
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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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Attends court hearings to provide assistance with research or witnesses.
Prepares court documents including pleadings, discovery requests, motion papers, and settlement documents.
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