Job Spotlight: Paralegal

In our monthly Job Spotlight blog series, we review all the basics of specific jobs, from pay and duties, to why people do the jobs they do.

Paralegal

In this month’s Job Spotlight, we’re taking a look at what it means to be a Paralegal. Paralegals are responsible for assisting an attorney, usually by conducting legal research other general tasks.

Required Education:

Generally, an Associate’s degree is required.

Pay:

This varies depending on a variety of factors (e.g. type of work, geographic area, industry, etc.), but Paralegals can make as much as $52,920 a year.

What Paralegals Do:

They deal with a variety of tasks, including:

  • Assisting attorneys with paperwork.
  • Maintaining company files.
  • Prepping and reviewing legal contracts.
  • Providing legal assistance where necessary.
  • Writing executive summaries and directives.

What Qualities Should Paralegals Have?

Every position is different, but many companies look for the following skills and attributes:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • High attention to detail.
  • An ability to thrive under pressure often under strict deadlines.
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving ability

Not sure where to find a position like this?

We can help!

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider. If you have any questions about paralegal jobs in your area or job search in general, contact your local Express office, download the ExpressJobs app from your mobile store, or fill out our online contact form.

 

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