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.
Counsel Press' New York, NY location is searching for a full-time paralegal to join a seasoned team in the preparation of our client’s appellate filings. Our New York location is a fast paced environment with the most seasoned team in New York. We offer extensive training to ensure your success, and the success of our team members. We are now seeking the right individual to join us for long-term e...
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- ...
JMA Bellevue, WA
Job Description: Provides support to attorneys. Under the direction of an attorney, resolves routine legal issues. Researches and analyzes law sources such as statutes, recorded judicial decisions, legal articles, treaties, constitutions, and legal codes to prepare legal documents, such as briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts, etc. Minimum Required Skills / Competencies: 2-4 years experie...
Company Confidential Lakewood, NJ, 08701
Title agency seeks full-time paralegal with real estate/title experience. Wonderful growth opportunity in a fast-paced and dynamic environment. The right candidate will be highly organized, computer literate with fluent knowledge of Word and Excel, and comfortable working in a high pressure, deadline-driven setting. Competitive salary and excellent benefits package....
Firm Information Reed Smith is a global relationship law firm with more than 1,800 lawyers in 25 offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Founded in 1877, the firm represents leading international businesses, from Fortune 100 corporations to mid-market and emerging enterprises. Its lawyers provide litigation and other dispute resolution services in multi-jurisdicti...
The WIRB‐Copernicus Group (WCG) is the world’s largest provider of regulatory and ethical review services for human research. With eight individual AAHRPP‐accredited panels, over 100 experienced board members, and over 60 years of combined experience in protocol and study‐related review, the WIRB‐Copernicus Group brings more expertise to the industry than any other ethical solutions provider. We ...
A Business Immigration Paralegal job is available courtesy of Special Counsel in Washington, D.C. To be considered for this position, you must have a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 2 years’ experience as a business immigration paralegal. This is a permanent position. Salary DOE. Immigration Paralegal Responsibilities · Perform intake of cases, troubleshooting and establishing case strategy....
MoreDirect is a profitable $700M+ company focusing on providing technology solutions for the Fortune 2000, located in Boca Raton, Florida. MoreDirect is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PC Connection (PCCC), a $2 Billion+ publicly traded company located in Merrimack, NH. MoreDirect offers a wide range of technology services with over 500 technical certifications and a qualified team of expert enginee...
Company Confidential Williamsville, NY, 14221
REAL ESTATE PARALEGAL: For Suburban Office. Must have experience in Purchases, Sales and Bank work. Salary and benefits commensurate with experience. Forward resume to ***** or MIKIENIS & MIKIENIS, P.C., Attorneys At Law 5838 Main Street Williamsville, NY 14221...
With a dedication to product quality and excellent customer service, Brother International Corporation, the US subsidiary of Japan-based Brother Industries Ltd., is committed to being at the side of their customers. Brother International is a premier provider of products for the home, home office and office that revolutionize the way you live and work. . Headquartered in Bridgewater, NJ, Brother e...
Please note this is a 6 months contract position Skills: Contract Drafting, Strong Negotiation skills, Software/Technology Background Job Description: • Software licensing and technology background • Proficient in contract drafting and interpretation • Comfortable supporting negotiations as needed • 3 years or more experience For consideration please include JOB #5495...
# of Positions 1 Job Type Para-professional/Support Full/Part Time Full-Time Shift First Weekends Required Not Required Why State Farm®? Our commitment to customers makes us the No. 1 insurer of cars and homes in the United States and an insurance leader in Canada. This same commitment to our work force is how we got here and how we stay here. Our 90-year track record highlights State Farm ...
Our client, a downtown law firm, is looking for a senior litigation paralegal with experience working on multi-district, class action law suits. Strong technology experience is also needed for this position. The right candidate will be proactive in carrying out work responsibilities, and a strong communicator, and will know how to run a case from start to finish. A college degree is required. Cand...
Family Law office located in the Heights is in need of a family law legal assistant/paralegal with at least 3 years experience. Only candidates with said experience will be considered for the open position. Please send your resumes to *****...
Company Confidential New York, NY
Immediate opportunity for a paralegal with at least 3 years of transactional real estate experience. Co-op and condo background would be helpful but is not essential. Reasonable hours, broad scope of deals and lots of client contact. Friendly atmosphere in a nice Midtown location. We are a small, boutique firm, celebrating our 25th year in business. • Minimum of 3 years of relevant legal experien...
Manpower is searching for a Paralegal for a well-known company in the Tipton, PA area. This is a 2 - 3 week position. Duties: to assist the Contracts/Legal Department with reviewing contracts and possibly creating legal documents. Pay rate is $15 per hour but can increase based on experience level! A CLEAN BACKGROUND CHECK and CLEAN DRUG SCREEN are REQUIRED for this opportunity. Apply directl...
Alvin, TX. Immediate opening. Plaintiff's Personal Injury Law Firm seeking experienced paralegal/legal assistant. Experience interviewing clients/witnesses, preparing discovery responses, pre-trial preparation. Computer skills required....
Job Description: This Paralegal Position Features: ? Paid Benefits ? Paid Holidays ? Career Development Terrific opportunity for a professional individual ready to move ahead in a great career as a Paralegal in Denver, CO. QUALIFICATIONS ? Paralegal certificate. ? At least one year of litigation paralegal experience required; trial experience very helpful. ? Automated litigation support e...
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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).
Attends court hearings to provide assistance with research or witnesses.
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