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.
We are searching for an experienced, organized, proactive team member to work closely with the company's In-house counsel to service our Commercial Lines customer, a leading Fortune 500 company. The Litigation Paralegal will analyze key case documents and data, manage information flow, prepare financial reports, develop and improve business reporting tools and assist counsel responsible for defend...
The law offices of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin seeks a Temporary Full-time Paralegal for the firm's King of Prussia, PA office. The position will start September 2, 2014. Job duties may include: Obtain, review and analyze documents, including medical records and financial records, tax and employment records, or any other relevant information Provide a medical record chronology Prepar...
Seeking an experienced paralegal with commercial contracts experience. Our downtown, in-house client needs a paralegal for a long-term temporary assignment estimated to run into the fall. This role will support a small executive team with the organization and preparation of contracts associated with a large deal. Key responsibilities include preparing and reviewing commercial contracts, maintainin...
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Our client, a boutique North Dallas law firm, is in need of an IP litigation paralegal. The ideal candidate will have seven years of current experience in commercial and patent litigation. Excellent opportunity at well respected law firm. Should you be interested in applying for this position please email your resume to ***** FIND. BUILD. GROW. Amicus Solutions is an indepe...
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Well-established Sturbridge law firm seeks experienced paralegal/legal assistant to support real estate and civil litigation practice areas. Positive attitude, impeccable quality of work, and outstanding customer service skills are required. Candidate must possess a minimum of 5 years of relevant work history. All inquiries shall remain confidential....
Eberstein & Witherite, LLP has an immediate opening for a full-time litigation paralegal to join our wonderful legal team. The right candidate MUST have 5+ years’ experience in a high volume plaintiff’s personal injury/MVA practice. The right candidate is personable, organized, responsible, and able to professionally handle a high volume MVA case docket. This position requires the ability to pro-a...
Prestigious, Nationwide Firm is needing a litigation paralegal. Ideal candidate will have experience using document management systems, entering billable time, e-filing and 2+ years with a litigation firm. Great opportunity for someone wanting under 30 hours per week with good pay. Austin's Original Employment Source-Serving the Best Texas Employers Since 1967 Part Time Paralegal Prestigious, Nati...
Faculty, Paralegal Studies (#16666) NH Lone Star College - North Harris Job Functions: Teaches courses in Paralegal Studies at a variety of times and locations in response to institutional needs. Makes continuous efforts to improve the quality of instruction by reviewing and utilizing innovative methodologies, techniques, and delivery methods. Develops and uses a syllabus for each course or labora...
Company Confidential Troy, MI, 48084
Litigation Paralegal Experienced Litigation Paralegal wanted for a temporary to permanent full-time position with a fast-paced law firm located in Oakland County, MI. Candidate must have a minimum of three years litigation experience (certified paralegal or college degree) in a law firm environment. Additionally, must have experience e-filing in both state and federal courts; a strong command of c...
Job Purpose: Acts as litigation paralegal and/or legal assistant by performing related duties. Knowledge of NY and NJ Courts preferred. Electronic case management software knowledge preferred. Duties: * Litigation file management; preparing discovery requests and responses; assisting in preparation of motions; calendar management; review of files for completion of discovery; scheduling; and work c...
This position is for a seasoned Paralegal experienced in bodily injury litigation (5+ years minimum) including solid working knowledge of motion practice. Commercial bodily injury litigation experience a plus. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ JOB SUMMARY: Performs a variety of legal related tasks under the direct supervision of a trial at...
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...
Title: HR Accounts/HR Executives/Business Development Manager/Paralegal Location: Empire State Building Duration: Full Time TANISHA SYSTEMS INC has multiple openings for an HR Accounts/HR Executives/BDM/Paralegal to join their New York City office. HR Accounts/HR Executives: •Prepare financial statements and supporting schedules according to monthly close schedule. •Create invoices •Payment collec...
NYC R/E Development Co seeks Paralegal with knowledge of Judgment, collection and L & T proceedings. Resume including salary history to New Start Development LLC, 50 Greene Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238....
FERRUZZO & FERRUZZO, LLP is offering the present employment opportunity: PARALEGAL / CIVIL LITIGATION: The ideal candidate will be a talented and experienced paralegal with a minimum of five (5) years of prior experience in a complex civil/business litigation environment with experience in contested trust/probate litigation. The applicant must have an excellent work ethic, a professional attitude,...
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Law firm located in downtown Pittsburgh is seeking a high level legal assistant to support a shareholder and members of the litigation practice group. Experience as a legal secretary and paralegal abilities are desired as well as experience in insurance defense litigation. This position requires a combination of highly developed legal secretary skill set to manage daily activities of the insurance...
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Assists attorneys by performing legal research; preparing legal documents; providing support during litigation processes;
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Researches case law or case details, using computerized research systems.
Investigates the validity of documents such as wills or tax returns.
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