What do they do?

Assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.

  • Prepare affidavits or other documents, such as legal correspondence, and organize and maintain documents in paper or electronic filing systems.
  • Prepare for trial by performing tasks such as organizing exhibits.
  • Prepare legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals and contracts.
  • Meet with clients and other professionals to discuss details of cases.
  • Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decision 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.

Basic Skills
Reading Comprehension
Active Listening

Technical Skills
Operation Monitoring
Operations Analysis

Social Skills
Social Perceptiveness
Service Orientation

Systems Skills
Judgment and Decision Making
Systems Analysis
System Evaluation

Problem Solving Skills
Complex Problem Solving

Resource Management Skills
Time Management
Management of Personnel Resources
Management of Financial Resources

  • Salary range: $20,000-$100,000+
  • Education and Professional Requirements: High school degree for entry, with associate’s degree or multiple years of related work experience and professional certifications for advancement.
  • Possible career path: Junior Paralegal/Legal Assistant > Senior Paralegal/Legal Assistant > Attorney > Senior Attorney > General Counsel

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