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Quiz: What to Pay Your Legal Support Staff

Do you know the salaries it takes to employ the best legal support staff at your corporate legal department or law firm? Test your salary knowledge by taking our quiz. We’ll introduce you to some terrific candidates, and you tell us the right salaries.

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    Paralegal

    Researches and analyzes statutes, case law, articles and treaties. Prepares legal documents such as pleadings, briefs, wills and contracts. Assists with depositions and trial preparation.

    Meet Mike. Unsure what he wanted to do for a living after two years of college, he enrolled in a paralegal program and earned his certificate. During school, he also worked part-time as a jack-of-all-trade admin at a law firm. Now he’s ready for his first full-time paralegal job. What’s a proper salary?

    Yes, that’s correct! Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over the next 10 years, job growth for paralegals is expected to be 8%, about as fast as most professional positions.

    Sorry, that’s incorrect. It’s actually $50,786. Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over the next 10 years, job growth for paralegals is expected to be 8%, about as fast as most professional positions.

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    Legal Secretary, Sr.

    Prepares, formats and revises briefs, subpoenas and other correspondence. Organizes and manages calendars, billing, files and travel logistics.

    Say hi to Rebecca. Since high school she knew she wanted to work in the legal field, but couldn’t commit to law school. After staying at home with her son for a year, getting a legal secretary certificate and working at a small firm for about 4 years, she’s ready to move to a bigger firm with more opportunities. What’s a competitive salary?

    Yes, that’s correct!Legal secretaries look forward to the same job growth as paralegals. Typically, legal secretaries earn slightly less than paralegals because their roles aren’t quite as detailed or involved when it comes to cases or trials. But at a senior level, they can make more than a paralegal!

    Sorry, that’s incorrect.It’s actually $62,351. Legal secretaries look forward to the same job growth as paralegals. Typically, legal assistants earn slightly less than paralegals because their roles aren’t quite as detailed or involved when it comes to cases or trials. However, a senior level legal secretary can expect a higher salary than a junior level paralegal, depending on the size of the firm.

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    Docketing Clerk

    Prepares the schedule of cases for the court, issues orders for the court, and examines and processes hearing applications. Performs a variety of clerical and administrative tasks for various individuals in the court, judges or lawyers. Duties include preparing the schedule of cases for the court, calling and contacting witnesses and lawyers, preparing issue orders for the court, and examining and processing hearing applications. Previous experience in clerical work is preferred.

    This is Darryl. He’s a pro when it comes to general clerical duties, including scheduling all court cases for his firm. After working as a clerk for 4 years, he’s now moving to a large law firm. He can’t wait to start contacting witnesses and preparing issue orders for the court. Choose the salary he should expect.

    Yes, that’s correct! While docketing clerks don’t have as broad of a skill set as attorneys and paralegals, their expansive skills provide a ton of leverage when job hunting.

    Sorry, that’s incorrect. It’s actually $47,021. While docketing clerks don’t have as broad of a skill set as attorneys and paralegals, their expansive skills provide a ton of leverage when job hunting.

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    Records Manager

    Trains and supervises staff in filing and records management.

    Meet Mark. By night, he’s an exceptional DJ, and by day, he’s an equally exceptional records manager for a major law firm. He’s responsible for documenting the life cycle of electronic and physical files and preserving archival material. He has his Bachelor’s degree and 6 years of experience. Choose his salary.

    Yes, that’s correct! It’s safe to say with the amount of stored data growing so fast—and increasing legislation around data storage and record keeping—that records managers are projected to realize growing demand and job security.

    Sorry, that’s incorrect. . It’s actually $99,838. It’s safe to say with the amount of stored data growing so fast—and increasing legislation around data storage and record keeping—that records managers are projected to realize growing demand and job security.

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    Conflicts Manager

    Provides subject matter guidance in connection with general firm-wide new business clearance and ethical conflicts-of-interest projects.

    This is Alexis. She’s meticulously detailed and thorough in everything she does. She specializes in identifying conflicts before it’s “too late.” That’s why she’s been a conflicts manager for the better part of a decade. How much does Alexis get paid?

    Yes, that’s correct!Failure to recognize (and avoid) conflicts-of-interest presents serious professional and ethical problems. Lawyers and firms are subject to fines and professional sanctions – which is why a conflict manager is so valuable!

    Sorry, that’s incorrect.It’s actually $92,299. Failure to recognize (and avoid) conflicts-of-interest presents serious professional and ethical problems. Lawyers and firms are subject to fines and professional sanctions – which is why a conflict manager is so valuable!