Paralegal / Legal Assistant

Paralegals and Legal Assistants support lawyers by conducting research on relevant laws, regulations, and articles, maintain legal documents, and assist during trials and with clients.

EXAMPLE SCENARIO

A Paralegal is helping a lawyer decipher a contract between a solar installer and their client, a small business owner. The Paralegal is researching existing laws that would hinder the installation of solar panels on the area’s roofs to ensure compliance before the installation begins. They also make suggestions on how financially feasible the installation will be for the small business.

TYPICAL TASKS SRC

  • Prepare affidavits or other documents, such as legal correspondence, and organize and maintain documents in paper or electronic filing system.
  • Prepare for trial by performing tasks such as organizing exhibits and preparing legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts, and real estate closing statements.
  • Meet with clients and other professionals to discuss details of case.
  • Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decisions, and legal articles, codes, and documents.
  • Investigate facts and law of cases and search pertinent sources, such as public records, to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.

EXAMPLE JOB TITLES SRC

Certified Paralegal, Law Clerk, Legal Analyst, Legal Clerk

MEDIAN PAY SRC

$49,500

EDUCATION & TRAINING LEVEL

Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree (recommended), Paralegal certification

WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

0-2 years

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

Writing Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Organizational Skills, Communication Skills, Research Skills, Time Management, Detail Oriented

SIMILAR OCCUPATIONS

Mediators, Law Clerk, Hearing Officers