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.
PARALEGAL Marks & Harrison, one of the largest personal injury law firms in Virginia, is seeking a paralegal for our Richmond office. The ideal candidate will have at least three years of experience in the personal injury practice area, be highly organized, and possess an ability to handle multiple priorities. Experience in both pre-litigation and litigation is preferred. We offer an excellent sal...
Job Description: My client a fast growing law firm in gorgeous Carmel Valley is seeking an entry-level paralegal! This is an amazing opportunity for a graduate of an ABA certified paralegal program. Don?t miss this chance to gain experience and grow with an incredible firm. Responsibilities: ? Manage a multi-line phone and provide exceptional customer service to firm?s client?le ? Work with new cl...
Our client, a rapidly growing insurance brokerage company with a Peninsula office, is searching for a Sr. Corporate Paralegal to join their legal team. Reporting directly to the General Counsel, this person will assist with corporate governance, M&A and due diligence activities. The ideal candidate will take initiative and will thrive in a faced-paced environment. Responsibilities: · Handle the co...
The Paralegal for patent prosecution works cooperatively with a team of patent agents and a patent attorney with respect to all matters pertaining to a worldwide portfolio of patents and patent applications. This position assists the team in filing U.S. patent applications, responses and other documents; works with foreign counsel to file foreign patent applications and provide the necessary docum...
LeClairRyan, a national rapidly growing law firm is recruiting an experienced litigation paralegal to work in our Boston, Massachusetts office. Responsibilities The litigation paralegal will be responsible for administrative case management and litigation support for lender liability defense, complex commercial litigation, insurance defense and bankruptcy matters. · Proactively assist attorneys wi...
DLA Piper, a leader in the practice of law worldwide, seeks and experienced Corporate and Finance Paralegal in our Miami, FL office. Under the supervision of an attorney, performs a range of substantive case, matter or entity related duties. Prepares drafts of legal and other documents and correspondence for attorney review. Compiles, analyzes and summarizes information. Coordinates efforts betwee...
Yardi Systems, a growing software solutions provider for the real estate industry, is currently hiring for a Paralegal to join their growing team at their corporate office in Santa Babara, CA! As a Paralegal you will be responsible for the following duties: • Draft and review correspondence for a wide variety of recipients including customers, opposing counsel and third-party consumers • Research...
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EXPERIENCED PARALEGAL WITH MINIMUM FIVE (5) YEARS EXPERIENCE NEEDED FOR PARTNER AT A MIDTOWN PERSONAL INJURY FIRM. MUST BE ABLE TO HANDLE HEAVY CASELOAD (I.E. PLEADINGS, INCLUDING BILL OF PARTICULARS, NOTE OF ISSUES, ETC.). MUST BE ABLE TO WORK DIRECTLY WITH A PARTNER. STRONG CLIENT INTERACTION AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS, DILIGENT HARDWORKING AND SELF-STARTER. BI-LINGUAL (SPANISH) AND KNOWLEDGE OF L...
PARALEGAL/LEGAL ASSISTANT-DOWNTOWN ORLANDO: Busy Boutique Litigation Firm seeks an experienced Commercial Litigation/Personal Injury Paralegal (5-8 years of experience, Non-smokers only). Responsibilities include: organizing/calendaring discovery, prepare some discovery, e-filing, ordering/summarizing medical records, scheduling, preparing hearing/trial notebooks. May include trial attendance.Abil...
Job Description : The Senior Corporate Paralegal involves day-to-day coordination and close interaction with the Associate Director, Corporate Governance, Vice President and Associate General Counsel and Corporate Paralegal for the Corporate Practice Group within a global organization. In this position, s/he will assist in the day-to-day management of a portfolio of international and domestic subs...
Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran Other Possible Location: N/A Job Schedule: N/A Job Shift: 1st Shift Pay: N/A Travel: Rare 1-5% Relocation: N/A Employee Referral Amount: 500 Job Summary Manages real estate activities and projects, including negotiating real estate acquisitions, lease/sublease arrangements and property divestitures and provides transactional support fo...
Fairfield county legal department located in the vicinity of Darien/Norwalk/Westport is seeking a Legal Assistant/Paralegal. Min 5 years experience and legal department budget, legal billing/accruals and strong Excel experience is needed. Candidates must also be comfortable working with computer software and databases (ACCESS and Sharepoint), and should be able to assist litigation management and...
An entry-level Paralegal job is available in Washington, D.C. at a well-established labor and employment law firm. Your bachelor’s degree is required. For several decades, this mid-sized law firm has been serving the metro area in both public and private sectors. If selected, you will enjoy a generous salary and fully paid benefits. If you’re looking for a friendly, family-oriented office, this is...
RAWLE & HENDERSON LLP, the nation's oldest law firm, seeks a Litigation Paralegal with 4+ years experience in mass tort defense litigation for our Pittsburgh, PA office. Primary responsibilities include: database management of mass tort matters, written discovery requests and responses, involvement with experts and assisting with trial preparation. Paralegal certificate and a minimum of four years...
Candidates must have at least 5 year of experience in litigation. Under the supervision of the administrator and/or assigned attorneys, the legal assistant/paralegal/secretary is responsible for assisting attorney as needed, including, but not limited to: a. Draft documents as requested. b. Perform legal research as requested. c. File and record documents as needed. d. Recording timekeepers (attor...
Paralegal, Commercial Real Estate - Baltimore, MD Well established Law Firm with a number of offices throughout the United States has an immediate need for a Commercial Real Estate Paralegal for their Baltimore Maryland office. 3 + years of solid experience in all aspects of Commercial Real Estate including transactional matters, financing, leasing and title reviews Experience dealing with large c...
Special Counsel has an upcoming temporary Paralegal job available in Rochester, NY. If you have at least one year of experience and you are available to work on a temporary basis, Special Counsel has opportunities for you. Candidates should ideally have real estate or leasing experience but assignments may be available in other practice areas including corporate, litigation, and intellectual prope...
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...
RESPONSIBILITIES: Our client, a financial services firm has an immediate need for a paralegal to join their division in Norwalk, CT. This is a great opportunity for a full time position with this company. Job Scope: Day to day responsibilities will include assisting in M&A activity, corporate transactions, due diligence, disclosure schedules, coordination of closings, maintaining corporate archiva...
Aderans America Holdings, Inc., a Beverly Hills based company, is seeking a certified paralegal for an immediate opening. Responsibilities include: · Preparing, editing, and/or drafting legal documents, e.g. affidavits, verifications, contracts, amendments, pleadings, discovery, law and motion, etc., under the guidance and direction of Corporate Counsel. Cite Check and Shephardize cases in law and...
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$24,960.00 - $67,704.00
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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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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.
Researches case law or case details, using computerized research systems.
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