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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: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Date Posted: 05/18
    Position: Paralegal
    Practice Area: Open
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    Are you an Experienced Legal Professional with Corporate Law Experience?  Then Special Counsel has an exciting job opportunity for you!  Our...View Details.
  • Location: Orlando, Florida
    Date Posted: 05/18
    Position: Paralegal
    Practice Area: Business Law
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    Now hiring for a Corporate Law Paralegal in in Orlando, Florida, courtesy of Special Counsel!  Do you have five plus years’ experience in business law handling contracts, corporate entity management, and corporate records?  Our client is seeking an experienced individual...View Details.
  • Location: Orlando, Florida
    Date Posted: 05/18
    Position: Paralegal
    Practice Area: Business Law
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    Now recruiting for a Commercial Real Estate Paralegal in Orlando, Florida, courtesy of Special Counsel!  Do you have over five years’ experience providing support to attorneys in commercial real property and corporate transactions ? If so, then apply today to be considered for...View Details.
  • Location: Austin, Texas
    Date Posted: 05/17
    Position: Paralegal
    Practice Area: Immigration
    Employment Type: Either Contract or Direct Hire
    The nation's leading legal search and staffing company, Special Counsel, Inc., is currently seeking candidates for Business Immigration Paralegal Job in Austin, TXView Details.
  • Location: McLean, Virginia
    Date Posted: 05/17
    Position: Paralegal
    Practice Area: Contracts Law
    Employment Type: Temporary
    Paralegal needed for In-House opportunity.  A company in McLean, VA has a need for a corporate paralegal to work on a temporary basis.  The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated person who takes initiative and is resourceful. This is anticipated to last 4...View Details.
  • Location: Reston, Virginia
    Date Posted: 05/17
    Position: Paralegal
    Practice Area: Litigation – Civil
    Employment Type: Temporary
    We are looking for a Paralegal to work at a boutique law firm in Reston, VA and want to see if you are available and interested.  This is a temporary position.  
     
    Start:  May 2018
    Duration:  anticipated to last 8 weeks
    Pay:  $20/hr
    Location:...
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  • Location: Sunnyvale, California
    Date Posted: 05/16
    Position: Paralegal
    Practice Area: Intellectual Property
    Employment Type: Contract
    Special Counsel is seeking a contract paralegal to assist their client in Silicon Valley.  The right candidate will to assist with docketing, follow-ups and IP dispute matters.
     
    Requirements:
    • At least 1 year of experience
    • Excellent organizational...View Details.
  • Location: Orlando, Florida
    Date Posted: 05/16
    Position: Paralegal
    Practice Area: Business Law
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    Recruiting for a Junior Corporate Paralegal in Orlando, Florida. Do you have three or more years’ experience assisting in securities, mergers, or other transactional work?  Our client is seeking an experienced individual to support their corporate law department.  This is...View Details.
  • Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina
    Date Posted: 05/15
    Position: Paralegal
    Practice Area: Litigation
    Employment Type: Direct Hire
    A litigation paralegal job in Spartanburg, South Carolina is immediately available via Special Counsel. To be considered for this opportunity you must have at least an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree and paralegal certificate and 3+ years’ experience in a similar role....View Details.
  • Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
    Date Posted: 05/15
    Position: Paralegal
    Practice Area: Family Law
    Employment Type: Contract To Hire
    A paralegal job in Charlotte, North Carolina is immediately available via Special Counsel. To be considered for this opportunity you must have at least...View Details.
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