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Paralegals and Legal Assistants
District Of Columbia

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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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Currently Employed: 7,390

Projected Annual Job Openings: 190

Typical Hourly Wage: $25.08 - $43.62

Typical Annual Salary: $52,200 - $90,700

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Typical education needed for entry: Associate's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Prepare affidavits or other documents, such as legal correspondence, and organize and maintain documents in paper or electronic filing system.
  • Prepare for trial by performing tasks such as organizing exhibits.
  • Prepare legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts, and real estate closing statements.
  • Call upon witnesses to testify at hearing.
  • Meet with clients and other professionals to discuss details of case.
  • Investigate facts and law of cases and search pertinent sources, such as public records, to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
  • Direct and coordinate law office activity, including delivery of subpoenas.
  • File pleadings with court clerk.
  • Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decisions, and legal articles, codes, and documents.
  • Keep and monitor legal volumes to ensure that law library is up-to-date.

tools & technology

  • Desktop computers
  • Notebook computers
  • Optical character recognition systems
  • Personal computers
  • Scanners

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

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