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.
Company Confidential Madison Heights, MI, 48071
AV rated Madison Hts Insur. Defense firm seeking exp. Secretary/ Paralegal Exc. benefits. Salary commensurate w/ exp. Send resume & cover letter to *****...
Litigation Paralegal/Legal Assistant Job Description The Legal Department of The Mortgage Specialists, Inc. is looking for a Litigation Paralegal or Litigation Legal Assistant to assist with all aspects of an in-house litigation legal team. The Litigation Paralegal Candidate ("Candidate") should have a strong background (with a minimum of 3 years experience working as a Litigation Paralegal) that...
TO: $78K Bachelor's Degree is required A minimum of 7 or more years of experience working in a law firm or a corporate legal department. The select candidate will support the patent counsel in handling portfolio matters. You will interact with outside counsel as well as all levels of management throughout the organization. Assist patent counsel with research and investigation of trademark, patent...
Minor & Jester, P.C. is seeking a Paralegal/ Legal assistant. Qualified applicant will have at least three (3) years of law firm experience. Excellent management, case management and drafting skills required and a Bachelor's Degree/Paralegal certificate are preferred. Please send your resume, references, and salary requirements to *****...
Company Confidential Jacksonville, FL, 32231
PARALEGAL Civil litigation firm seeks full-time Paralegal. Ideal candidate will be self-starting and highly motivated. 5-7 years experience in Florida Civil Litigation required. Commercial litigation experience preferred. Construction experience a plus. Please send resume to: ***** Text JAX15624440...
Description Over the past 30 years, DISH has built a talented group of leaders and support teams at its corporate headquarters in Englewood, Colorado. As the company continues to develop, offering new products and services to an increasing customer base, it looks to recruit outstanding candidates capable to turning ideas and strategies into world-class results. Requirements To be successful in thi...
Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneysis a leading Personal Injury Law Firm providing legal help nationwide. We offer great career path opportunities with all the support and stability of a thriving organization. With more than 190 employees in 5 locations we are serving clients throughout the nation Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys is one of the most successful and most respected law firms. For over 25...
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, A Professional Corporation has an immediate opening for a litigation paralegal in their Birmingham office. All candidates must have a Bachelor's Degree and/or a paralegal certificate from an ABA approved paralegal program with at least three (3) years of paralegal experience. Prior mediation and construction experience is preferred. Candidates should...
Special Counsel currently has an exciting corporate/litigation paralegal job in Philadelphia, PA. Ideal candidates will have at least five years of experience in a corporate environment. This temp-to-perm position is an exciting opportunity to become part of a fast-growing company in Center City Philadelphia. Job Description The primary paralegal in a corporate in-house department Research regulat...
Chinese Translator/Paralegal(Night Shift) Hudson Legal Group, PLLC – Ann Arbor, MI Job Duties: Translate our clients' messages from Chinese to English and vice versa. Answer our Chinese clients' phone calls. Translate blogs from English to Chinese. Post messages to Chinese social media and blogs. Some light administrative work. 30% paralegal duties, working with our attorneys. Work from 1:00PM to...
Company Confidential Summerville, SC, 29483
Real Estate Paralegal Law Firm seeking a qualified and experienced real estate paralegal . The ideal candidate will be familiar with all aspects of a real estate closing, Candidate should be familiar with HUD preparation, comprehend closing instructions, preparing title commitments, show professionalism in conversing with lenders, clients and third parties, and demonstrate the ability to work as a...
Company Confidential Mineola, NY, 11501
Established firm with practice concentrated in criminal and immigration deportation defense seeks an experienced and qualified immigration paralegal for its Mineola law office. Qualified applicants MUST be fluent in Spanish and have the ability to write in Spanish and translate documents. Must possess first-rate written and verbal communication skills, including ability to compose, edit, and proof...
Company Confidential PHILADELPHIA, PA, 19102
CENTER CITY PERSONAL INJURY LAW FIRM SEEKS AN EXPERIENCED PARALEGAL/LEGAL SECRETARY EXPERIENCED IN PA AND NJ LITIGATION A MUST MEDICAL MALPRACTICE BACKGROUND PREFERRED EXCELLENT BENEFITS SEND RESUME AND SALARY REQUIREMENTS...
Goldberg Segalla, a dynamic and rapidly growing law firm with a national and international practice, seeks a LitigationParalegal in its Buffalo office. Job Description: § Assist in drafting legal documents including, but not limited to, pleadings, motions, and correspondence to opposing counsel and to the court § Maintain litigation docket and calendar, noting deadline dates for responsive pleadin...
In support of the Affirmative Civil Enforcement unit at the U.S. Attorney's Office, a Paralegal/Legal Assistant IV executes the following duties: Analyze and review financial records obtained during investigations Assists government attorneys with the financial component in preparation for hearings, depositions and court proceedings Prepares graphs, charts and summaries to assist attorneys in the...
Company Confidential Highland, IN, 46322
Administrative Assistant/Paralegal Part time position (22-35hrs) in Highland, IN Minimum 3 years paralegal experience including office coordination, review and preparation of estate plans, probate, elder law pleadings and legal documents. Quickbooks experience helpful. Submit resume via email to: ***** EOE...
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IPIC Entertainment is seeking a Corporate Paralegal with real estate, commercial leases, title insurance and corporate experience. This position would assist Sr. VP of General Counsel in all stages of company transactions and with the preparation of documents necessary to comply with federal, state and local regulations in the conduct of the business activities. As for certifications, they should...
Company Confidential Los Angeles, CA
Leading Real Estate Firm has an immediate opening for a Lease Draftsperson/Paralegal with at least five years of experience drafting commercial real estate leases. This is a great opportunity for an experienced Lease Draftsperson/Paralegal with in depth knowledge of property management and commercial leases to join forces with a dynamic group. As Lease Draftsperson/Paralegal, you will use your imp...
Prestigious defense litigation firm is seeking an experienced senior trial paralegal with medical malpractice experience. Must have bachelors degree, strong tenure, experience managing others, and solid trial litigation experience. This is a high level, top notch position and requires candidates with superb communication skills and demeanor. Excellent opportunity with room for growth. Position wil...
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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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Organizes and tracks legal documentation such as case files.
Attends court hearings to provide assistance with research or witnesses.
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