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The paralegal is a paraprofessional who has the experience and the education required to assist the lawyers in the legal work.

The definition of paralegal can differ from one country to another. However, the paralegal people cannot be authorized to offer the legal services. Sometime they may be required to be licensed and regulated in the same way as the lawyers. The paralegal can work alone or can work in the office. The unlicensed paralegal has to work under the lawyer and in the legal processes. The paralegals may handle the paperwork during the investigation, bankruptcies and divorce actions.

The paralegal started like the assistant to the lawyers when the lawyers were the only one to offer the legal services. In the jurisdictions where the paralegal staffs are allowed to work, they have to work under the accreditation and recognition of the lawyer.

The difference that exist between the paralegals and lawyers is that the lawyer may set the fees, may appear in the counsel or in the court and they can sign the pleadings within the representative capacity. The paralegal are not allowed to do such activities and they can do this in violation of the local statues. The paralegal training or expertise may be specific while the lawyer may do a holistic and formal training.

The paralegal is also different from the legal secretary. The legal secretary is the secretary but who has the basic understanding of the legal words and the formatting of the court documents.

The paralegal jobs are important and are meant to assist with corporate transaction together with filling the documents that are necessary to present to the local regulations, state and federal regulation for the conduct of everyday business.

The paralegal person has to work with the lawyer in order to represent the corporations regardless if they are for profit or non- for-profit as well as the partnership for the companies. He can assist the lawyers for the mergers, withdrawals and amendments for the limited liability and partnership. He can also assist the lawyer for the completion of the stock certificates.

The paralegal can work directly with the clients and the attorneys which involves closing the various corporate transactions that include the acquisitions for the mergers and initial public offerings. He has to prepare the audit letters as well as their distribution to the clients and auditors. He can gather the billing information and litigation used to prepare the draft of the responses for the auditors for the request for such information.

He has to assist with the SEC filings which regards the security offering and which responds to the requirements.
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Nov 14,14 USA - TX Austin

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communication skills as well as basic understanding of automobile industry.  paralegal training preferred but not... required.  Benefits include starting salary $40,000 - $50,000 DOE, health insurance, and 401k plan.  ...

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Nov 14,14 USA - TX Austin

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partners, and will perform paralegal tasks for others in... the law firm. Essential responsibilities include: Excellent document management and proofreading skills, including familiarity with autoformatting and tables of content in Word. Preparation...

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Nov 17,14 USA - FL Tampa

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litigation, is seeking a paralegal with 5 years minimum... experience in chapter 11 bankruptcy and/or commercial litigation. . *Paralegal certification or degree required* This position requires a quick learner that is efficient,...

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Nov 19, 14 USA - PA Pittsburgh

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paralegal Manager Duties: Responsible... paralegals and will provide paralegal support to the commercial... of new and temporary paralegal professionals. Providing opportunities for... continuing paralegal education (including in-house training... assign project opportunities for paralegal professionals. Managing and assigning... with bearing on the paralegal Professionals Program and managing paralegal
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Nov 04, 14 USA - AL Birmingham

In-House, Min 4 yrs required
paralegal Legal Assistant Duties: Serves... as the paralegal responsible for directly and... trial or plea. Supports paralegal staff review and assessment... court case files. Assists paralegal and AUSA staff in... tracking such files. Supports paralegal and AUSA staff in... backup in the lead paralegal= s absence and assisting......
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Nov 04, 14 USA - DC Washington

In-House, Min 4 yrs required
paralegal Duties: Serves as... the paralegal responsible for directly and... trial or plea. Supports paralegal staff review and assessment... court case files. Assists paralegal and AUSA staff in... tracking such files. Supports paralegal and AUSA staff in... backup in the lead paralegal= s absence and assisting......
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Nov 04, 14 USA - WI Madison

In-House, Min 3 yrs required
paralegal The candidate under the... the supervising attorney, the paralegal performs legal research on... degree or equivalent experience paralegal certification from an accredited... of experience as a paralegal Prior experience as a... healthcare paralegal preferred. Must have exceptional... computer skills...
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Nov 04, 14 USA - DC Washington

In-House, Min 1 yrs required
of criminal law. Provide paralegal support including, conducts searches... trial or plea. Supports paralegal staff review and assessment... court case files. Assists paralegal and AUSA staff in... retrieving files from storage tracking such files. Supports paralegal and AUSA staff in......
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Nov 28, 14 USA - OH Richfield

In-House, Min 2 yrs required
paralegal The candidate will provide... an Associate’s Degree in paralegal studies or a paralegal certification. Should have 2+... of experience as a paralegal (In-house legal experience preferred... over litigation experience). Some insurance industry experience preferred. Knowledge of Westlaw research databases...
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Nov 28, 14 USA - OH Columbus

In-House, Min 5 yrs required
Senior paralegal Duties: reports to... the paralegal leader and will support... evaluates open and closed paralegal file audits and informs... attorneys and management of the audit results; makes appropriate recommendations for improvement. Knows and applies the fundamental concept, practices...
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Nov 28, 14 USA - MD Hagerstown

In-House, Min 5 yrs required
paralegal The candidate supports Legal... a legal assistant or paralegal occupation in a corporate... healthcare field as a paralegal is preferred. Must have paralegal certificate and/or certification. Must... obtained within 1 year of employment. Must have knowledge of Lexis Nexis,...
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Nov 28, 14 USA - FL Saint Petersburg

In-House, Min 3 yrs required
Transactional paralegal Legal Analyst (Corporate) The candidate... and compose complex correspondence paralegal Certificate and Notary Public... experience as a transactional paralegal Should have 3+ years... experience as a transactional paralegal Contracting and contract management... experience essential. Extensive experience of drafting/revising legal...
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Nov 27, 14 USA - WI Milwaukee

In-House, Min 3 yrs required
paralegal The candidate supports the... Legal Department team through paralegal and administrative functions and... and accurate manner. Provides paralegal and administrative services for... Also 1 year of paralegal job experience in a... law firm or a corporate law department preferred....
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What Does a Paralegal do

When choosing a career, many people are attracted to the legal field for the possibility of having a job that's exciting and dramatic. But, many shy away from the field as a whole, because the thought of seven years of law school can be intimidating. However, what many do not realize is that you do not have to become a lawyer to enjoy a career in the legal field. The supporting role of a paralegal can be just as interesting, but requires far less schooling!

Finding the Paralegal job You Want

For paralegal job seekers strategies and first moves after graduation lead one naturally to a discussion about how to approach the advertised market and the unadvertised or "hidden" job market. Various studies have put the "hidden market" at 70-80 percent of the existing market for any given profession. A good opening strategy is to decide that you are not going to ignore the larger market. However, many people in entry-level circumstances have one strategy: Wake up by 10:00 A.M. on Sunday morning, write some cover letters, and wait until next week.

Winning Search Strategies for Paralegal Jobs

Effective job strategies and "first moves'' that get attention are invaluable for some very obvious reasons. It helps to rehearse, though, because looking for a paralegal job is the most difficult and arduous task most people can imagine. Public speaking is said to be number one on most individuals' "fear list/' and being unemployed is most likely number one on their "dread list." (And public speaking during a job search in an interview combines fear and dread.) Losing your job and being unemployed is the thing that most people truly fear as a possibility. Other fears may be visceral and subconscious or may be about sudden physical calamity. But the fear that lives with the populace on a daily level is the one surrounding the issue of employment.

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