ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

legal assistant jobs and how to find them

Updated on February 19, 2009

I was a Paralegal (legal assistant) for 10 yrs. The best chances are for women. Hate to say it BUT this field has a real bias towards nice looking women. That is the reality. If you are a guy, your chances are not as good as a woman's if all things are equal. Since lawyers have the final say, it does not seem to matter whether the attorney is a man or woman. The bias in favor of women is clear to any guy. When you have say 10 paralegals in the firm and only 1 is a guy, and most of the attorney's are men, it is not rocket science. Similar to age discrimination if the skills are equal yet a 20 something gets it over a 40 something.

Suffice to say, the ratio for paralegals to attorneys is around one paralegal for every 5-10 lawyers within the firm. The reason is that most attorney's do not trust paralegals to do many things and treat them as a legal secretary. Bigger firms tend to treat them better and delegate more important duties that an attorney would normally do once you prove to them. This comes to Legal research, which most lawyers seldom delegate out. Actually, a Paralegal has more time learning that than a law student in a law school, I know, I went on and got my law degree.

Paralegal jobs are in big law firms with 50+ lawyers in big urban areas. That is where it is easiest to find them. Counties and small cities employ them but in very small numbers. They are used frequently in family law, personal injury, bankruptcy because of the numerous forms or investigative type work that an attorney needs and relies on. Much of the forms are boilerplate and the paralegal fills in the blanks and the attorney checks it out and if OK, signs it. Paralegals also do field investigations and client intake interviews for family law or personal injury. This is a frequent use in mid to large firms. In small offices with less than 10, you may feel like a secretary more than legal assistant, there is a lot of cross over duties and it all depends on how the attorney views what a paralegal\legal assistant is. It varies. A legal secretary handles correspondence and types very fast, like 100 wpm, they take the draft brief or whatever of the attorney and put it on legal pleading paper etc., correct semantics, spelling etc. They do not change the content. When done, the attorney reviews.

If the Paralegal does legal research, the attorney will review the findings and probably find something wrong and amend it, but the bulk of the work will be done by a respected paralegal. Paralegals seldom draft motions or presents written arguments on points of law in a brief, that domain is for "attorney" only.

The paralegal is always afraid of saying too much or helping too much as it may be construed as "giving legal advice", which only an attorney can. So, the fine line can get you into trouble all the time especially if a client claims that the paralegal recommeded to do something or use a specific form etc. This usually occurs when something in court goes wrong and the judge quizzes the party. The party, not wanting to get into trouble, claims that is what the "paralegal told me to do."  Yet, helping is what the paralegal is suppose to do.

 

 

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)