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In a legal job, you?ll argue on behalf of people, companies or governments when disagreements arise over the law.

Legal work involves researching and analyzing legal issues and then explaining the law to your clients. When clients decide to act, you?ll deliver their arguments in court or by writing letters to the disagreeing parties.

In a small law office, an attorney?s job might include criminal and civil cases. In a large firm, lawyers tend to focus on a specialty area of criminal or civil law, such as immigration law or personal-injury cases. Other attorney careers are in the public sector where jobs include working as a criminal or civil prosecutor, an investigator or a regulator.

In a paralegal job or legal assistant job, you?ll help attorneys by doing investigations, research and administrative tasks.

Legal Job Market

Legal job opportunities are expected to grow 11 percent from 2010 to 2020, which is about the same as the average for all jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Demand for attorneys might fall because companies are using large accounting firms or paralegals to do the jobs attorneys used to do.

Legal jobs in the public sector are influenced by local, state and federal budgets. When those are cut, public legal jobs can decline. In addition, law schools are producing more lawyers than needed for the current number of legal job openings, so some recent graduates are having a hard time finding full-time legal employment.

Paralegal jobs will grow 18 percent, about as fast as other occupations between 2010 and 2020, the BLS says. Because paralegal salaries are lower than attorney salaries, law firms and corporations push to have paralegals do as much of the work as possible. However, when the workload drops, law firms want attorneys working on cases so they can bill clients, a practice that decreases demand for paralegals.

Legal Salaries

The median lawyer salary was $113,310 in 2011, the BLS says. The median salary for paralegals was $46,730 in 2011.

Those earning the most during their legal careers are usually partners, work at large firms or work in high-cost cities. Lawyers who own their own practices usually make less than partners, the BLS says.

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Immediate position available for experienced matrimonial legal secretary, in busy, professional environment. Organizational, communication, and computer skills, as well as client empathy, are all required....
Company Confidential Bowie, MD, 20716
Bowie Law Firm, which practices real estate, business and criminal law in Maryland, DC and Virginia is seeking a highly motivated paralegal with attention to detail. Successful candidate will be responsible for preparing correspondence, motions and subpoenas as well as meeting with clients and witnesses. Financial background is a plus....
Adecco, a division of the world leader in the recruitment of office and finance professionals is currently recruiting for a Legal Trust Administrative Professional in the East Hartford, CT area. This is a contract opportunity. Apply Now if you meet the qualifications lthat are listed below! Job description/skills: 3 + years experience. Responsible for account maintenance and certain financial tr...
A contract Information Management Specialist job in Cleveland, OH is currently being recruited by Ajilon Professional Staffing. The right candidate will have at least three years of experience in the legal field. This role will be responsible for responding to all assigned requests and documenting all request activity. Identifying and open a service desk ticket for 100% of issue experiences with t...
CHIEF LEGAL AFFAIRS OFFICER Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is seeking a Chief Legal Affairs Officer (CLAO) for both the Philadelphia and Georgia campuses. Reporting directly to the President as a member of the President’s Cabinet, the Chief Legal Affairs Officer will oversee all legal matters for the college, and serve as the primary legal advisor to the President and CEO, members o...
Eberstein & Witherite, LLP has an immediate opening for an experienced attorney to handle MVA cases. The right candidate MUST have 2 to 7 years’ experience in a high volume plaintiff’s personal injury practice. Experience supervising other litigation support team members is a plus. In order to succeed in this firm, you must have a strong work ethic and know your clients and cases. The right candi...
Company Confidential Dallas, TX, 75219
Business litigation firm seeks experienced trial attorney with first chair trial, deposition, and appellate experience. Some existing hourly clientele a plus. Compensation negotiable. Firm offers first rate office facility, a tenured, experienced support staff, and good work environment. Send cover letter and resume in confidence to *****...
The State Bar of California Office of the Chief Trial Counsel Attorneys (San Francisco) $84,491 annual salary The State Bar of California is an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court, serving the public and seeking to improve the justice system for over 80 years. The Office of the Chief Trial Counsel seeks attorneys with prosecution/trial experience. We have opportunities in Los A...
Sawdey Solution Services, Inc. Senior Contract Specialist Location: Washington, DC Experience: Unlimited contracting warrant(s), CO team lead experience, Twenty (20) or more years of directly related experience in within a contracting office. Experience with 7-8 multimillion dollar source selections, resolved protests, claims and held debriefings. Expert knowledge on FAR Parts 5, 8, 10, 11, 12,...
Eagan law firm specializing in the area of municipal law has an immediate opening for a full-time legal assistant in our criminal prosecution department. The following experience/abilities preferred: ▪2+ years prior law office experience ▪Ability to multi-task, set priorities and work independently ▪Team player ▪Strong computer skills ▪Strong language, grammar, communication and writing skil...
Job Description: Looking for a driven paralegal to join a great team in downtown Seattle. This office has amazing tenure, great work-life balance where you will never take casework home with you at night, and an excellent benefit plan. They are not just looking for someone to fill the desk- they are looking for their next great team player. Experience in case management and litigation, preferably...
Attorney-Worker’s Compensation Law Offices of Eric A. Shore – Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 The Law Offices of Eric A. Shore, a well recognized disability boutique firm, is expanding into Worker’s Compensation. We are seeking an experienced Worker’s Compensation associate with case load experience and an entrepreneurial spirit to establish and manage a Worker’s Compensation department for our firm. Req...
Grancell, Stander, Reubens, Thomas and Kinsey, A Professional Corporation, established in 1979, is a premier workers’ compensation statewide defense firm seeking an assertive, personable and well-organized Attorney with a solid work ethic for our San Jose office. Job Qualifications: · Member in good standing of California State Bar · 0 to 1 years work comp experience · Commitment to high quali...
THE CAREER OPPORTUNITY YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR: If you enjoy a challenge and the opportunity to have an impact on company success, consider a career at Whirlpool Corporation. Bring your ideas, enthusiasm and passion to a place where you can make a difference. We are currently seeking a highly qualified Intellectual Property Attorney to be an integral part of the Whirlpool Law Department. ABOUT W...
Paralegal CURE offers a great working environment and comprehensive benefit package which includes health and dental coverage, life and disability insurance, 401k with company match, generous paid time off, and much more! We are looking for an experienced paralegal to join our team. CURE is an auto insurance carrier writing business in NJ and PA - with an established and growing in-house legal d...
This newly created role will report to the Director of Business and Competitive Intelligence and will manage a research team of four staff members, be a project manager for business research and collection development related projects, and will be responsible for the coordination of firm-wide business research requests. Key Responsibilities include but are not limited to: ?Managing the Business ...
MANATT, PHELPS & PHILLIPS LLP is one of the nation’s premier law and consulting firms known for quality and extraordinary commitment to clients & integrated, relationship-based services. We are notably progressive and entrepreneurial and are deeply committed to diversity, public service, and excellence in all we do. We currently have an opportunity for an experienced Legal/ Executive Secretary in...
TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) is a $14 billion global technology leader. Our connectivity and sensor solutions are essential in today's increasingly connected world. We collaborate with engineers to transform their concepts into creations - redefining what's possible using intelligent, efficient and high-performing TE products and solutions proven in harsh environments. Our 80,000 people, including ...
Company Confidential Saint Louis, MO, 63101
Award winning St. Louis law firm with a national practice is seeking an experienced complex commercial litigator, preferably with securities litigation experience, skilled in preparing for, taking and defending complex depositions, managing large document productions, and overseeing less experienced lawyers. Salary starting at $250,000, but commensurate with experience and skill. Confidentiality i...
Prominent intellectual property law firm in Reston, VA has an opening for a detail-oriented intellectual property secretary. Duties for this position include preparing and submitting patent applications, maintaining daily docket, and follow-up with other attorneys and support staff regarding active matters. Patent prosecution experience is desired but a stable work history in a law firm setting w...

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