Paralegals and Legal Assistant

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.

Job Outlook through 2028

Employment Current: 11,960
Employment Projected: 13,480
Percentage Change: 12.7%

Education/Training

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Sample Job Titles

  • Certified Paralegal

  • Corporate Law Assistant

  • Law Associate

  • Legal Analyst

  • Legal Assistant

  • Litigation Paralegal

  • Paralegal

  • Paralegal Assistant

  • Paralegal Specialist

  • Real Estate Paralegal

Duties

  • 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.

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.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Average Wages in PA

Entry Level: $32,560
Average: $53,290
Experienced: $81,540