Paralegals and Legal Assistants
SOC: 23-2011.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
279,500 employed

Projected (2024):
300,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Assistant Paralegal
  • Attorney Law Clerk
  • Bankruptcy Assistant
  • Certified Paralegal
  • Child Support Specialist
  • Closing Agent
  • Complex Commercial Litigation Paralegal
  • Contract Preparer
  • Contracts Specialist
  • Corporate Law Assistant
  • Corporate Legal Assistant
  • Corporate Paralegal
  • Document Processor
  • Eviction Specialist
  • Immigration Paralegal
  • Immigration Specialist
  • Intellectural Property Paralegal
  • Judicial Assistant
  • Labor And Employment Certified Paralegal
  • Law Clerk
  • Legal Aide
  • Legal Analyst
  • Legal Assistant
  • Legal Clerk
  • Legal Investigator
  • Legal Paraprofessional
  • Legal Researcher
  • Litigation Paralegal
  • Paralegal
  • Paralegal Specialist
  • Patent Agent
  • Principal Law Clerk
  • Probate Paralegal
  • Real Estate Closer
  • Real Estate Paralegal
  • Research Analyst
  • Research Attorney
  • Staff Attorney
  • Summer Clerk
  • Summer Law Associate
  • Title Curator


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations 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 these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Prepare legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts, and real estate closing statements.
  • Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decisions, and legal articles, codes, and documents.
  • Call upon witnesses to testify at hearing.
  • Direct and coordinate law office activity, including delivery of subpoenas.
  • Keep and monitor legal volumes to ensure that law library is up-to-date.
  • Appraise and inventory real and personal property for estate planning.
  • 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.
  • Meet with clients and other professionals to discuss details of case.
  • File pleadings with court clerk.
  • Investigate facts and law of cases and search pertinent sources, such as public records, to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
  • Arbitrate disputes between parties and assist in the real estate closing process, such as by reviewing title searches.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Desktop computers
  • Image scanners
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Notebook computers
  • Optical character recognition equipment
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopiers
  • Scanners
  • a la mode WinTOTAL
  • Accutrac software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • American LegalNet USCourtForms
  • Appligent Citation FDFMerge
  • Blumberg Drafting Libaries
  • Bowne JFS Litigator's Notebook
  • Bridgeway eCounsel
  • Case analysis software
  • CaseSoft DepPrep
  • CaseSoft TextMap
  • CaseSoft TimeMap
  • Computer access catalog software
  • Corel WordPerfect software
  • Dataflight Concordance
  • Dataflight Opticon
  • Digital Contracts software
  • Document management system software
  • dtSearch software
  • Electronic discovery software
  • Electronic transcription management software
  • eTrac software
  • Fastcase
  • FindForms
  • FindLaw Code of Federal Regulations CFR
  • IBM Notes
  • Inmagic DB/TextWorks
  • IntelliPDF software
  • Legal document software
  • Legal MacPac software
  • LexisNexis Applied Discovery
  • LexisNexis CaseMap
  • LexisNexis CheckCite
  • LexisNexis CodeMaster
  • LexisNexis Company Analyzer
  • LexisNexis CourtLink Strategic Profiles
  • LexisNexis File and Serve
  • LexisNexis HotDocs
  • LexisNexis SmartLinx
  • LexisNexis software
  • LexisNexis Time Matters software
  • LexisNexis Total Search
  • Litigation support software
  • LiveNote software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MOSS
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • OmniRIM software
  • Online database search and retrieval software
  • Online public records search software
  • Online title search and property report software
  • Optical character recognition OCR software
  • Ovid SilverPlatter WebSPIRS
  • PDF Snake Easy Bates
  • Practice management software PMS
  • ProForce Paralegal Pro-Pack
  • Records management software
  • Relational database software
  • Saga Practice Manager
  • Software Technology PracticeMaster
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Summation Blaze
  • Sure Will Writer
  • THOMAS Global Register
  • Thomson Saegis
  • Thomson West FindLaw
  • Thomson West ProLaw
  • Tumbleweed SecureTransport
  • Two Step Software CorporateFocus software
  • Uniscribe software
  • Web browser software
  • Westlaw
  • Westlaw Real Property Deed Images
  • Wilson's Computer Applications RealEasy Appraisals
  • Word processing software
  • Zylab ZyImage


  • legal


    industry stats

    SOC: 23-0000

    Total Employed: 1,062,370

    Average Annual Salary: $103,460