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.
Counsel Press' New York, NY location is searching for a full-time paralegal to join a seasoned team in the preparation of our client’s appellate filings. Our New York location is a fast paced environment with the most seasoned team in New York. We offer extensive training to ensure your success, and the success of our team members. We are now seeking the right individual to join us for long-term e...
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- ...
JMA Bellevue, WA
Job Description: Provides support to attorneys. Under the direction of an attorney, resolves routine legal issues. Researches and analyzes law sources such as statutes, recorded judicial decisions, legal articles, treaties, constitutions, and legal codes to prepare legal documents, such as briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts, etc. Minimum Required Skills / Competencies: 2-4 years experie...
With a dedication to product quality and excellent customer service, Brother International Corporation, the US subsidiary of Japan-based Brother Industries Ltd., is committed to being at the side of their customers. Brother International is a premier provider of products for the home, home office and office that revolutionize the way you live and work. . Headquartered in Bridgewater, NJ, Brother e...
Please note this is a 6 months contract position Skills: Contract Drafting, Strong Negotiation skills, Software/Technology Background Job Description: • Software licensing and technology background • Proficient in contract drafting and interpretation • Comfortable supporting negotiations as needed • 3 years or more experience For consideration please include JOB #5495...
# 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 ...
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...
Family Law office located in the Heights is in need of a family law legal assistant/paralegal with at least 3 years experience. Only candidates with said experience will be considered for the open position. Please send your resumes to *****...
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...
Company Confidential New York, NY
Immediate opportunity for a paralegal with at least 3 years of transactional real estate experience. Co-op and condo background would be helpful but is not essential. Reasonable hours, broad scope of deals and lots of client contact. Friendly atmosphere in a nice Midtown location. We are a small, boutique firm, celebrating our 25th year in business. • Minimum of 3 years of relevant legal experien...
Manpower is searching for a Paralegal for a well-known company in the Tipton, PA area. This is a 2 - 3 week position. Duties: to assist the Contracts/Legal Department with reviewing contracts and possibly creating legal documents. Pay rate is $15 per hour but can increase based on experience level! A CLEAN BACKGROUND CHECK and CLEAN DRUG SCREEN are REQUIRED for this opportunity. Apply directl...
Alvin, TX. Immediate opening. Plaintiff's Personal Injury Law Firm seeking experienced paralegal/legal assistant. Experience interviewing clients/witnesses, preparing discovery responses, pre-trial preparation. Computer skills required....
Job Description: This Paralegal Position Features: ? Paid Benefits ? Paid Holidays ? Career Development Terrific opportunity for a professional individual ready to move ahead in a great career as a Paralegal in Denver, CO. QUALIFICATIONS ? Paralegal certificate. ? At least one year of litigation paralegal experience required; trial experience very helpful. ? Automated litigation support e...
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ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Performs duties and responsibilities commensurate with assigned functional area which may include any combination of the following tasks: Secretarial • Current General Litigation skills. • Drafting, redrafting and formatting legal documents such as motions, affidavits, pleadings and other legal documents; • Transcribing dictation; • Timekeeper time ent...
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC has an immediate opening for a Litigation Paralegal in its Houston office. All candidates must have: · A Bachelor’s Degree and/or a paralegal certificate from an ABA-approved paralegal program · At least five years of prior litigation experience · Familiarity with real estate litigation and title is preferred · Strong organizational, interper...
Ciancio Ciancio Brown, a Broomfield law firm, is seeking a civil litigation paralegal with at least five (5) years’ experience. Experience in corporate and construction matters is a plus. Position requires excellent PC and document organizational skills, working knowledge of all Microsoft products and highly experienced with docketing and calendaring required. Ideal candidate will have a strong or...
The West Valley Staffing Group Recruitment team is currently seeking a Paralegal for our client in San Jose, CA. THIS IS A TEMPORARY CONTRACT POSITION. Our client specializes in collaborating with customers on methodology and technology adoption, the design process, and talent development to enhance productivity and reduce risk. Their world-class engineering services teams leverage advanced, pro...
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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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Investigates the validity of documents such as wills or tax returns.
Researches case law or case details, using computerized research systems.
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