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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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decisions, and legal articles, codes, and documents.
    • Direct and coordinate law office activity, including delivery of subpoenas.
    • Call upon witnesses to testify at hearing.
    • Arbitrate disputes between parties and assist in the real estate closing process, such as by reviewing title searches.
    • Keep and monitor legal volumes to ensure that law library is up-to-date.

    Skills

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    Knowledge

    • Clerical

      Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 46070/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 22.15/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 9,470
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,050

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Initiative
    • Cooperation
    • Adaptability/Flexibility

    Tools

    • Scanners
    • Optical character recognition systems
    • Notebook computers
    • Laser fax machine
    • Desktop computers

    Technology

    • Information retrieval or search software
    • Document management software
    • Desktop publishing software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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