Paralegals and Legal Assistants


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+14.1% (faster than the average)


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

Law Associate, Legal Assistant, Paralegal, Paralegal Specialist

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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