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Paralegal Job Description

Paralegals are an essential component of any high-level legal team and the demand for them is on the rise. The need for paralegals will increase by 15% through 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. As a highly sought-after position, paralegal jobs are moving fast.

What does it take to be a paralegal?

While there’s no standard job description for a paralegal, there are a few prerequisites to gaining employment in this role. To get a job as a paralegal professional, you would be expected to possess an Associate’s degree or a certificate in paralegal studies at minimum. In addition, Bachelor’s degrees are now becoming the preferred credential for paralegals among top law teams. Previous experience as a legal secretary, or in another legal industry role, is also becoming the new standard for top firms.

Where does a paralegal work?

Paralegals, as one of the most versatile positions in the legal field, are found in all types of organizations, but most work for law firms, corporate legal departments, and government agencies.

What is a typical day for a paralegal?

As a paralegal, your role is to work closely with attorneys as they prepare for trials, hearings, and closings. As part of this preparation, paralegals often conduct legal research and gather information relevant to the case. Beyond assisting with the case details, paralegals work to identify the appropriate laws, judicial decisions, and legal articles relevant to the case. Paralegals gather and analyze information, then prepare a written report. Attorneys then use these reports to determine how cases should be handled. Often, paralegals also are involved in preparing presentations for the client. Essentially, paralegals play a vital role within any successful legal function.

What’s the difference between a good paralegal and a great one?

A great paralegal professional can adapt to new needs and expectations, as the legal industry is always evolving. Those who find success in the role of a paralegal are usually detail-oriented, organized, and highly collaborative. With varying industries, businesses, and groups seeking paralegal professionals, sometimes the difference between a good paralegal and a great one is exposure. Gain the experience and make the connections that you need to take you to the next level in your legal career – let us help get you there.

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  • Location: New York, New York
    Date Posted: 09/21
    Position: Paralegal
    Practice Area: Real Property
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    Our client, an Am Law 100 firm with more than 2500 lawyers located throughout their global offices is seeking a Commercial Real Estate Paralegal who will be responsible for assisting real estate attorneys in the Firm’s Midtown Manhattan office.  The candidate will be working on...View Details.
  • Location: Orlando, Florida
    Date Posted: 09/21
    Position: Paralegal
    Practice Area: Paralegal
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    Recruiting for a Mergers & Acquisitions Paralegal in Orlando, Florida. Do you have three or more years’ experience assisting in securities,...View Details.
  • Location: Wilton, Connecticut
    Date Posted: 09/21
    Position: Paralegal
    Practice Area: Open
    Employment Type: Contract
    Special Counsel is searching for a paralegal for a part-time position to support the legal practice of an attorney who specializes in consumer...View Details.
  • Location: Orlando, Florida
    Date Posted: 09/21
    Position: Paralegal
    Practice Area: Litigation – Civil
    Employment Type: Either Contract or Direct Hire
    Special Counsel has a NEW job opportunity for an experienced Litigation Paralegal with our prestigious law firm client in downtown Orlando, Florida!...View Details.
  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Date Posted: 09/21
    Position: Paralegal
    Practice Area: Securities
    Employment Type: Contract
    Special Counsel Minneapolis seeks Paralegal candidates for a Securities Paralegal job opening at a local corporation. This job is available on a contract basis with a likelihood of becoming permanent and is an opportunity to manage a crucial part of the corporation's legal...View Details.
  • Location: White Plains, New York
    Date Posted: 09/21
    Position: Paralegal
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    White Plains, NY law firm is searching for a Litigation Paralegal to join the firm. Responsibilities include managing litigation files, summarizing...View Details.
  • Location: Austin, Texas
    Date Posted: 09/20
    Position: Paralegal
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Either Contract or Direct Hire
    Special Counsel is currently seeking a Temporary Litigation Paralegal for a corporate client in North Austin, TX. Our client is an established...View Details.
  • Location: Austin, Texas
    Date Posted: 09/20
    Position: Paralegal
    Practice Area: Business Law
    Employment Type: Either Contract or Direct Hire
    Special Counsel is seeking candidates for a Corporate Paralegal position in Austin, TX. To be considered for this opportunity, you must have at...View Details.
  • Location: San Diego, California
    Date Posted: 09/20
    Position: Paralegal
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Temp-To-Hire
    This opportunity is with a great firm located in downtown San Diego, California.
     
    Requirements in this role include:
    • Paralegal certification from an ABA-approved Paralegal program
    • E-filing, legal calendaring, and legal database experience...View Details.
  • Location: Jacksonville, Florida
    Date Posted: 09/20
    Position: Paralegal
    Practice Area: Insurance
    Employment Type: Contract To Hire
    Special Counsel has a NEW opportunity for an Insurance Defense Litigation Paralegal job in downtown Jacksonville, Florida!  If you have at least five (5) years of paralegal experience in a thriving insurance defense law firm, this could be a great opportunity for you!...View Details.
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