What does a Legal Assistant/Paralegal do?

Legal assistants support lawyers with various tasks, including conducting legal research, drafting and reviewing documents, communicating with clients, preparing hearings, trials, and meetings, and organizing and maintaining files.

A high school degree is required to become a legal assistant and most legal assistants have an associate's degree or a certificate in paralegal studies. Legal assistants are typically highly organized and detail-oriented, and have strong communication skills.

  • Collect, examine, and organize evidence and other legal documents for attorney review and case preparation
  • Draft and proofread correspondence and legal documents, such as pleadings and contracts
  • Research regulations, laws, and legal articles to assist with the preparation of reports, case files, and legal advice
  • Manage client billing by preparing, finalizing, and sending out bills, as well as resolving billing issues in cooperation with the billing attorney
  • Communicate with clients and witnesses to schedule meetings, interviews, and depositions
  • Manage, organize, and maintain documents in paper or electronic filing systems
  • Provide general administrative assistance, such as maintaining the attorney's calendar and making travel arrangements
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required
  • associate's degree in paralegal studies, a paralegal certificate, or a Bachelor's degree preferred
  • 1-5 years of experience as an administrative assistant (preferably in a law firm or in a corporate legal department), legal assistant, legal secretary, or paralegal
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and professional demeanor
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Ability to work independently, manage large workloads, and keep deadlines
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Legal Assistant/Paralegal Salaries

Average Base Pay

$46,934 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$32K
Median: $47K
$69K
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Legal Assistant/Paralegal Career Path

Learn how to become a Legal Assistant/Paralegal, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Legal Assistant
$44,552/yr
L3
L4
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Legal Assistant/Paralegal Insights

Read what Legal Assistant/Paralegal professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Hall & EvansHall & Evans
Legal Assistant
Sep 18, 2020

“Certain practice groups are great to work in and I made lifelong friends while I was working here.”

John Foy & AssociatesJohn Foy & Associates
Legal Assistant
May 2, 2019

“i feel that this is definitely a great place to work and I definitely recommend it!”

Fuller, Chlouber & FrizzellFuller, Chlouber & Frizzell
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Jan 7, 2021

“The job was somewhat repetitive after awhile but it was nice to have a set schedule.”

Real Estate Legal Solutions
Legal Assistant
Sep 8, 2021

“Real Estate Legal Solutions created a great working environment and was a place I looked forward to going everyday.”

Zwicker & AssociatesZwicker & Associates
Litigation Assistant
Jun 26, 2020

“Pay is TERRIBLE good luck asking for a raise and I constantly was getting “written up” for tiny mistakes.”

Fross Zelnick Lehrman & ZissuFross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu
Legal Assistant
May 4, 2019

“My situation here is excellent because of I have a great boss and I do not plan to advance within the firm.”

Americans for Immigrant JusticeAmericans for Immigrant Justice
Legal Assistant
Jun 25, 2021

“profit means the pay is not amazing but I would say competitive for this type of work.”

Accu-Serve
Legal Assistant
Jul 13, 2021

“Only people who rated this higher than a 2 is family or close friends to Lisa.”

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