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: Austin, TexasDate Posted: 07/202018-07-20Position: ParalegalPractice Area: Real PropertyEmployment Type: Either Contract or Direct HireSpecial Counsel, Inc., the largest full-service provider of legal staffing and recruiting services in the United States, is currently seeking a Real Estate Legal Secretary for a law firm client in Central Austin, TX
Location: Austin, TexasDate Posted: 07/202018-07-20Position: ParalegalPractice Area: ImmigrationEmployment Type: Either Contract or Direct HireThe 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: Minneapolis, MinnesotaDate Posted: 07/202018-07-20Position: ParalegalPractice Area: Family LawEmployment Type: Direct HireSpecial Counsel Minneapolis has an exciting job opportunity for paralegals with experience in litigation and/or family law! If you are looking to take your career to the next level and join a fast-paced, high-powered team, this could be the perfect job for you.
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Location: Owings Mills, MarylandDate Posted: 07/202018-07-20Position: ParalegalPractice Area: InsuranceEmployment Type: Either Contract or Direct HireCalling all Corporate Paralegals!
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Location: Minneapolis, MinnesotaDate Posted: 07/202018-07-20Position: ParalegalPractice Area: ImmigrationEmployment Type: Direct HireSpecial Counsel Minneapolis has an immediate, permanent job opportunity for an Immigration Paralegal. If you have stellar research and writing skills coupled with a passion for immigration law, we want to hear from you!
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Location: White Plains, New YorkDate Posted: 07/192018-07-19Position: ParalegalPractice Area: Intellectual PropertyEmployment Type: Direct HireA forward-thinking and dynamic intellectual property law firm is on the hunt for an experienced paralegal with at least two years of trademark...View Details.
Location: Raleigh, North CarolinaDate Posted: 07/192018-07-19Position: ParalegalPractice Area: Bankruptcy LawEmployment Type: ContractA bankruptcy paralegal job in Raleigh, North Carolina is immediately available via Special Counsel. To be considered for this long-term temporary opportunity, you must have at least a paralegal certificate and 2+ years’ experience in a similar role.
Location: Jacksonville, FloridaDate Posted: 07/192018-07-19Position: ParalegalPractice Area: ImmigrationEmployment Type: Contract To HireSpecial Counsel is pleased to offer an excellent in-house job opportunity for a Business Immigration Paralegal in Jacksonville, FL! The ideal...View Details.
Location: San Jose, CaliforniaDate Posted: 07/182018-07-18Position: ParalegalPractice Area: Estate PlanningEmployment Type: Direct HireAre you a an experienced estate planning paralegal, familiar with all aspects of the role, from intake through execution of important documents? We are...View Details.
Location: Orlando, FloridaDate Posted: 07/182018-07-18Position: ParalegalPractice Area: Real PropertyEmployment Type: Direct HireNow 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 transactions? If so, then apply today to be considered for this...View Details.
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