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
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- 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.
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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
Related Maine Educational Programs are determined from CIP codes entered for the programs, which are then correlated to O*NET SOC Codes for each occupation via the 2010 CIP to SOC Crosswalk.
Last updated on January 29, 2013