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.
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...
Kinder Morgan HOUSTON, TX
Position Description 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...
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- ...
Company Confidential Tuscaloosa, AL, 35401
Paralegal/Legal Assistant Tuscaloosa law firm seeking Paralegal/Legal Assistant with a minimum of 3 yrs experience in civil litigation. Ideal candidates must be knowledgeable of litigation process from inception to end, be able to assist with drafting pleadings and discovery, be proficient in e-filing and maintaining of litigation files. Candidates must have good organizational skills, be able to...
Our client, a regional law firm with offices in Denver, is seeking to hire a paralegal with experience in the Special Districts area. This paralegal will support the firm’s attorneys, and have extensive contact with clients, in a fast-paced practice environment, in all phases of special district organization and operations. Responsibilities will include: preparing and monitoring schedules of organ...
NewToday.jpg Professional Paralegal/Legal Assistant Established New Bern law firm seeks paralegal/legal assistant. Experience required, salary negotiable, full time pay plus benefits. Send cover letter and resume to: Sumrell Sugg Carmichael Hicks and Hart at *****, or hand deliver to 416 Pollock Street....
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz has an opening for an experienced medical malpractice paralegal in its Memphis office. Educational requirements include a four year undergraduate degree and/or a paralegal certificate from an ABA approved paralegal program. All qualified applicants should have a minimum of three to five years of litigation defense experience. Each applicant should p...
Prestigious local law firm is seeking an experienced Paralegal. Qualified candidates should have 2+years with Litigation experience. Bilingual Candidates are Strongly Encouraged to Apply. Compensation is negotiable depending upon qualifications. If you are interested in joining a great legal team, please contact us for the opportunity. Duties: Researches law sources by identifying applicable sta...
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...
Job Description KELLEY WITHERSPOON, LLP Kelley Witherspoon is a successful and thriving law firm, representing individuals and companies throughout America. At Kelley Witherspoon, we take pride in our trial record and multi-million dollar recoveries. More importantly, we understand the importance of meeting and exceeding our clients’ and community’s expectations by providing superior, high quali...
Comcast brings together the best in media and technology. We drive innovation to create the world's best entertainment and online experiences. As a Fortune 50 leader, we set the pace in a variety of innovative and fascinating businesses and create career opportunities across a wide range of locations and disciplines. We are at the forefront of change and move at an amazing pace, thanks to our rema...
A corporation is searching for a Paralegal. Candidates should have at least 10 years of corporate experience. Bachelor’s degree or paralegal certificate are preferred. Law firm and in-house experience are desired. This position will be responsible for entity formations, mergers, dissolutions, working with registered agents, operating agreements, corporate governance, resolutions, board minutes, co...
Company Confidential Houston, TX, 77002
Prestigious trial law firm located downtown seeking a legal assistant with litigation experience (2 years). Applicant must be able to manage a heavy case load, e-file both state and federal, do trial prep., calendar, compile pleadings and summarize medical records. Applicant must also be very organized, be aware of deadlines, be able to multi-task and interact with clients in a calm, professional ...
Reputable Defense Firm seeks Insurance Defense Paralegal to start IMMEDIATELY! Successful candidates will have 3-5 years experience in insurance defense. Background in construction law preferred. Candidates must be responsible, mature, and dependable. Excellent benefits and competitive pay. Please send all resumes to ***** for immediate consideration. Interviews are underway--DO...
Company Confidential Dallas, TX, 75240
Outstanding career opportunity to join one of the most prestigious law firms in Dallas. They are anxious to hire an experienced IP Patent Prosecution Paralegal to support a founding partner and senior attorney in all aspects of patent prosecution. · Support daily operations of an intellectual property practice. · Solid experience working with clients and the US Patent Office (USPTO). · Hands on...
Burns White is committed to representing our client partners with excellence. In fact, it was the pursuit of excellence that prompted us to establish our firm in 1987, focusing on transportation, litigation, and business law. We have grown from our original five partners to more than 100 innovative lawyers in nine locations. Our Pittsburgh office is located on the thriving North Shore, near pictur...
Fox Rothschild LLP has an opening in the Denver, Colorado office for an experienced Litigation Paralegal in the Litigation Department. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5-8 years of experience in all aspects of Litigation, with emphasis in construction defect and commercial litigation matters. Knowledge of Case Logistics, Case Notebook, Relativity or other document management software, is...
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...
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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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Drafts legal documents such as contracts, mortgages, and separation agreements.
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.
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