Paralegals and Legal Assistants
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.Number of Jobs in 2010: 1,089
Number of Jobs in 2020: 1,230
Yearly Job Growth Rate: 13.0
Annual Openings: 30
Entry Wage: $15.15
Median Wage: $21.27
Education Requirement: Associate's degree
Learn more about this job
- 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.
- Prepare legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts, and real estate closing statements.
- Meet with clients and other professionals to discuss details of case.
- File pleadings with court clerk.
- Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decisions, and legal articles, codes, and documents.
- Call upon witnesses to testify at hearing.
- Investigate facts and law of cases and search pertinent sources, such as public records, to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
- 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.
- Arbitrate disputes between parties and assist in the real estate closing process, such as by reviewing title searches.
Indivduals currently working as Paralegals and Legal Assistants can easily transition into any of the occupations lisated below.
- Legal Secretaries
- Brokerage Clerks
- Billing, Cost, and Rate Clerks
- Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants*
- Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks*
- Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs
- Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers
- Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents
- Municipal Clerks
- Tax Preparers
* The occupation mentioned is in demand in the state of Maine, and is projected to employ new workers each year.
Occupational data obtained from the Maine Department of Labor and O*NET
Last updated on January 29, 2013