Also known as Certified Paralegal, Corporate Law Assistant, Law Associate, Legal Analyst, Legal Assistant, Litigation Paralegal, Paralegal, Paralegal Assistant, Paralegal Specialist, Real Estate Paralegal
Also known as Certified Paralegal, Corporate Law Assistant, Law Associate
Paralegals assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent.
In addition, Paralegals conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.
Paralegals are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Paralegals. More generally, Paralegals are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Paralegal is $52,920, and the average salary is $56,610. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Paralegal salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Paralegals earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Paralegals earn less than $32,900 per year, 25% earn less than $40,640, 75% earn less than $67,080, and 90% earn less than $85,160.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Paralegals is expected to change by 12.0%, and there should be roughly 43,000 open positions for Paralegals every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Paralegal are usually higher in their Conventional, Investigative, and Enterprising interests.
Paralegals typically have strong Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Also, Paralegals typically have strong Investigative interests. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Lastly, Paralegals typically have moderate Enterprising interests. Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Paralegal tend to value Relationships, Working Conditions, and Support.
Most importantly, Paralegals strongly value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Second, Paralegals moderately value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Lastly, Paralegals moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Paralegals must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, integrity, and dependability.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Paralegals, ranked by importance:
Paralegals often have training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Paralegals usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Paralegals may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as administrative, law and government, or customer and personal service knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Paralegals might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Paralegals must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Paralegals need abilities such as written comprehension, oral comprehension, and oral expression in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Paralegals, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Paralegals frequently use skills like reading comprehension, active listening, and writing to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Paralegals, ranked by their relative importance.
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