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.
Large West Palm Beach firm, seeks a strong Litigation Paralegal to join their busy groupr The ideal candidate will have heavy litigation experience and be able to manage a litigation file from inception to completion. Must be sharp, detail oriented, and able to handle very heavy case load The litigation paralegal will have strong experience in e-discovery Strong document management experience....
Personal Injury firm seeking experienced paralegal/legal assistant. Candidates must be hardworking, reliable, have good communication and computer skills, be able to prioritize and work in a fast paced environment. Duties will include interacting with clients, medical providers, and insurance companies; organizing and managing case files. Candidate must have at least 2 years of personal injury exp...
Hello, My name is Timothy and I represent The Fountain Group. We are a national staffing firm and are currently seeking a Paralegal for a prominent client of ours. This position is located in North Chicago, IL. Details for the positions are as follows: Job Description: Coordinate and organize requests for discovery in litigation matters. Assist attorneys in case preparation and fact finding. Organ...
Busy attorney’s office specializing in Business Law and Estate Planning is looking for a paralegal to support their individualized approach to client service. Some experience is required, certification a plus. Paid Vacation, health insurance, 401K available. To apply, please respond with resume and salary requirements....
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Paralegal - Prestigious Garden City law firm has an excellent opportunity for a Trusts & Estates Paralegal with 2 to 4 years’ experience. We are looking for an enthusiastic, flexible team player who has a good attitude, the ability to prioritize and demonstrates good, solid judgment and professionalism under pressure. Good attendance and reliability are critical. The position requires previous exp...
We are looking for a Mutual Fund (’40 Act) Paralegal to support our Mutual Fund Legal Group. The Mutual Fund Legal Group is responsible for our domestic, SEC registered mutual funds. The firm currently has 33 registered funds (approximately 125 portfolios) covering a wide range of investment services in the equity and fixed income areas. The investment adviser manages three groups of funds. One gr...
My client, a top global law firm, is currently seeking a Bankruptcy and Restructuring paralegal with 3-5 years of experience. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the preparation of Petitions, Schedules, Statement of Affairs, Proofs of Claim, Statements of Claim, document templates, correspondence, fee applications, and budget reconciliations using Excel. Additional responsibilities i...
Corporate Paralegal - Silicon Valley, CA Job Functions: Handle mergers and acquisitions for both private and public companies, including due diligence, assisting with closing documents and schedules, and closing volumes. Incorporating technology and life sciences companies. Perform corporate records management. Stock option plan implementation and administration. Handle Venture capital financing....
Trademark Paralegal - Silicon Valley, CA Job Functions: An AM 250 Law Firm is looking for an experienced paralegal to join its Trademark Group. This individual will manage their own docket, work independently, and have well-rounded experience, including domestic and foreign filings, online investigations, SAEGIS scans and D&B reports. Job Requirements: 3+ years of trademark experience. BA/BS degre...
The Intellectual Property Paralegal is a contract to hire position located in Rosharon, TX and does support of the in-house Intellectual Property department. Provide support for five on-site attorneys, one local paralegal and interface with off-site centralized paralegal department. Job Duties: • Contract support – o Printing, formatting, and processing contracts for local signature o Reviewing in...
Fox Rothschild LLP has an opening in the West Palm Beach office for a paralegal in the Real Estate Department. The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of commercial real estate experience. Extensive experience with title and survey review, preparation of title objection letters, preparation of closing instruction letters, preparation of closing checklists, preparation of contract timelines,...
Experienced personal injury paralegal sought. Very busy White Plains area firm seeking experienced paralegal. Please forward resume and salary requirements. Great opportunity for advancement. Salary Commensurate with experience. Office is located in Harrison, which is just south of White Plains in Westchester County, and is accessible by Metro North and the Bee Line Bus. Fluency in Spanish and Eng...
Entry Level paralegal to work for this leading law firm. This position will be working in the offices of the firm's client, a global financial institution. This is an outstanding opportunity for someone looking to build a career in finance. The ideal candidate will be have graduated from an ivy league school with a GPA of 3.4 or higher, ideally an economics or finance major. Outgoing personality,...
Midtown personal injury law firm seeks EXPERIENCED paralegal *FAMILIAR WITH NEW JERSEY CIVIL PRACTICE* to assist with the defense of construction defect, toxic tort, and personal injury cases. This position requires: the ability to draft and proofread own correspondence; good organizational skills; good typing skills (minimum of 45 wpm & typing test will be administered prior to interview); and kn...
Job Purpose: Insurance PIP Defense seeks experienced paralegal. Full-time position. * Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed. Skills/Qualifications: PIP experience required. Legal Compliance, Research Skills, Analyzing Information , Dealing with Complexity, Administrative Writing Skills, Reporting Skills, Telephone Skills, Multi-tasking, Organization, Legal Administr...
Trust & Estate Paralegal Well known Morristown Law Firm seeks a Trust & Estate Paralegal with four or more years experience in Trust & Estate administration. Responsibilities: *Manage trust and estate administration under the direct supervision of an attorney *Participate in and document initial client interviews *Obtain estate asset information, marshal estate assets and obtain valuations, paymen...
Bressler, Amery & Ross is a mid-sized law firm with over 100 lawyers and offices in four states, offering a broad range of legal services. Based in the firm’s Florham Park office, the Litigation Paralegal will support attorneys in the commercial litigation, insurance litigation and family law practice groups. Primary tasks include: Organizing case files and documents; Case tracking/docketing; Gath...
Company Confidential West Orange, NJ, 07052
Midsize Essex County law firm seeks Complex Commercial litigation paralegal with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a mid-to-large size law firm environment. Job duties include file management, drafting letters and legal documents, assembling documents for filing, preparing cases for trial, electronic court filing, and interfacing with courts and others. Candidate must be organized, efficient, de...
Manpower is seeking a Collections Legal Secretary/Paralegal in Albany, NY. This is a direct hire position with a reputable and established firm. Working hours are M-F 8am-5pm; pay is between $14.00 and $16.00 per hour. Responsibilities include: -Processing and filing a variety of court documents, both via paper and electronically -Creating documents from dictations and printed materials -Researchi...
Paralegal Job in Phoenix, AZ A prestigious company in the valley is looking to hire a Paralegal with 3-6 years of experience, this is a direct hire opportunity! If you meet qualifications below- Apply Now! The Paralegal job Duties and Responsibilities include: -Government relations including the resolution of legal issues with various branches and departments of government. -Maintain and update fi...
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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;
Rate of Growth
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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.
Prepares court documents including pleadings, discovery requests, motion papers, and settlement documents.
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