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.
Senior Paralegal(s) - San Francisco, CA(90682) USA-CA-San Francisco Security Clearance:NACI Clearance Status:Must be Obtainable Schedule:Full Time : Type of Travel:Local Percent of Travel Required:Up to 10% Description Assist foreign law enforcement authorities with their criminal investigations by assisting in the execution of incoming mutual legal assistance treaty requests for collecti...
CACI International Inc. Washington, DC, 20319
Job Requisition Number: 91580 Category: Service Primary Location: Washington, DC, US Security Clearance: DOJ MBI Clearance Status: Must be Obtainable Schedule: Full Time Type of Travel: Percent of Travel Required: Up to 10% Description : The USAO-DC requires paralegal support services to include direct legal support, clerical and administrative support, and automated litigation assistance...
Legal Assistant (JD, Paralegal Certificate or Associates in Paralegal Studies Required) - EOUSA(93998) USA-DC-Washington Security Clearance:DOJ MBI Clearance Status:Must be Obtainable Schedule:Full Time : Type of Travel:None Percent of Travel Required:None Description Duties and Responsibilities: Performs moderately complex litigation support tasks, including, for example, detailed revie...
Kinder Morgan Houston, TX, 77020
Provide paralegal and some administrative support to the Natural Gas Pipeline Group, with emphasis on the five attorneys in the Midstream subgroup.▪Monitor corporate governance issues for Midstream joint ventures, including KM obligations and due dates; draft resolutions/consents; obtain copies of minutes; update minute books and route documents for signature▪Review, edit and draft legal documents...
CACI International Inc. San Francisco, CA, 94118
Job Requisition Number: 90682 Category: Service Primary Location: San Francisco, CA, US Security Clearance: NACI Clearance Status: Must be Obtainable Schedule: Full Time Type of Travel: Percent of Travel Required: Up to 10% Description : Assist foreign law enforcement authorities with their criminal investigations by assisting in the execution of incoming mutual legal assistance treaty re...
Company Confidential Williamsport, PA, 17701
Paralegal Wanted 10 years experience, Real Estate Experience Helpful. Salary Based on Experience ***** provided by The Williamsport Sun-Gazette...
The purpose of this position is to provide paralegal and program management services for legal and compliance issues, company policies, and litigation management, working with the leads for Global Employment law, Compliance and Litigation. Collaborate with attorneys to develop litigation strategy, manage outside counsel, and respond to discovery requests and case activities Research and draft su...
Job Description: Are you a seasoned Paralegal looking for a great opportunity? This is a close knit office looking for a rock star to join their team. If you are a sharp, team player that is looking for a great cultural fit this could be the position you've been waiting for! This position will require you to work independently and run with projects as well as additional miscellaneous administrati...
Dentons is a global firm driven to provide a competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected marketplace. It was formed in March 2013 by the combination of international law firm Salans LLP, Canadian law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC) and international law firm SNR Denton. Dentons is built on the solid foundations of these three highly valued law firms. Each built an outstand...
CORPORATE PARALEGAL JDS Uniphase Corporation is seeking to hire anexceptional paralegal to work with senior legal management and other professionals to support the corporate legal department. Responsibilities will include facilitating, organizing, and providing substantive support for corporate governance and compliance initiatives, strategic transactions, investments, litigation support, trainin...
Position ID:33591 Position Title:Paralegal Min Education Desired:Associate Degree Travel Percentage:10-25% Relocation:No Job Summary:We are currently looking for a Paralegal for our Concord office. The Paralegal would be gathering, analyzing and organizing information, legal pleadings, and discovery and construction documents pertaining to litigation files for Trial Attorneys. Prepares draft...
Job opportunity Loan Closing Assistant/Paralegal The Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP), a non-profit public agency financed by the banking industry, is a national leader in affordable housing finance and a primary lender in Massachusetts for the financing of affordable rental housing. With over $1.1 billion in credit lines from Massachusetts banks and a rapidly growing portfolio of multifa...
Job Description: This BILINGUAL PARALEGAL Position Features: ? Great Compensation ? Advancement ? Professional Environment Currently recruiting for a bilingual paralegal seeking great compensation and a motivating environment. A paralegal that has 3-5 years of experience with family law or social work would be a great fit for this position. If you are a certified paralegal and bilingual in Sp...
# 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 ...
Administration Paralegal Full Time Experienced Estate Administration Paralegal Minimum 4 years experience as Estate Administrative Paralegal. Familiar w/ Lackner 6 in 1 Estate Admin Software. Must be able to work with multiple attorneys in fast paced environment. Paralegal degree or Certificate preferred. Seeking professional, organized person w strong case management skills. Pls send introductor...
FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT 14-07 PARALEGAL The Federal Public Defender for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa is accepting applications for the position of Paralegal, to be stationed in the Des Moines office. The Federal Public Defender, a branch of the United States Courts, operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act...
Job Description: If you are a confident, trained paralegal with 5+ years experience in domestic or family law, this may be the career opportunity that you've been waiting for! A local, prestigious, well known firm is seeking a experienced paralegal or law school graduate that can hit the ground running. Monday - Friday, 8-5. Salary DOE. Apply today! We are an equal employment opportunity employer...
Eisai Inc. was established in 1995 and began marketing its first product in the United States in 1997. Since then we have rapidly grown to become a fully integrated pharmaceutical business. Eisai’s areas of commercial focus include neurology, gastrointestinal disorders and oncology/critical care. The company serves as the U.S. pharmaceutical operation of Eisai Co., Ltd., a research-based human hea...
SGI is focused on helping customers solve their most demanding technology challenges by delivering high performance computing, server, storage, data center and cloud computing solutions and professional services. Silicon Graphics International Corp. (SGI) has an immediate need for a Paralegal to support the legal needs of a worldwide legal department and provide assistance on a wide variety of pr...
Franklin Templeton Investments is a leading global investment management organization due to the efforts of our greatest assets - our employees. We have over 9,000 employees working in 60 offices around the world, servicing investment solutions for our clients in more than 150 countries. We believe in our corporate values of putting clients first, building relationships, achieving quality results,...
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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;
Rate of Growth
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Drafts legal documents such as contracts, mortgages, and separation agreements.
Investigates the validity of documents such as wills or tax returns.
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