Paralegals and Legal Assistants


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+10.5% (faster than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Associate's degree


What Paralegals and Legal Assistants Do

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.

Other Job Titles Paralegals and Legal Assistants May Have

Certified Paralegal, Corporate Law Assistant, Law Associate, Legal Analyst, Legal Assistant, Litigation Paralegal, Paralegal, Paralegal Assistant, Paralegal Specialist, Real Estate Paralegal

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Assistant Paralegal ,

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

While there are different visa types in business immigration, my team is primarily focused on NIVs (non-immigrant visas). So most of my workload involves preparing petitions to extend statuses of H-1B and H-4 visa holders; however, I occasionally prepare petitions for F-1 visas. Throughout the day, I answer questions from our client's foreign national employees, which may vary from status updates of their pending petitions to questions about international travel, based on firm polices.

Senior Paralegal ,


As a Senior Paralegal at Travelers my daily duties include drafting motions, discovery and ARB submissions. I also work on declaratory judgments and schedule EUOs. I assist the attorneys with research and projects as a situation arises.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Prepare affidavits or other documents, such as legal correspondence, and organize and maintain documents in paper or electronic filing system.
  • Prepare legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts, and real estate closing statements.
  • Prepare for trial by performing tasks such as organizing exhibits.
  • Investigate facts and law of cases and search pertinent sources, such as public records and internet sources, to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
  • Meet with clients and other professionals to discuss details of case.

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