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Paralegal I

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Organization Type

Law Firm

Job Type

Legal Staff

Date Last Verified

Oct 03,2018

Posted on

Aug 01,2018

Years of Experience

1-3 yrs required

Location

Richardson, TX
Practice Area
Immigration >> Immigration
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Paralegal I Duties: Assists the Senior Paralegals and Attorneys with the management of corporate immigration cases and client interactions. This includes a variety of duties related to legal document preparation and management, research and case management which requires knowledge of the legal system, terminology and procedures in addition to clerical and administrative skills. Under direction of Senior Paralegal/Attorney, takes lead in email/phone client communications. Provides guidance to assignees regarding proprietary systems and case processing. Increased understanding of client communication procedures and requirements. Inputs client services rendered and sends to Accounting for processing. Complete competence of case types previously handled and continually strives to advance and broaden knowledge base; demonstrates increasing levels of independence in case handling. Processes more advanced and varied corporate immigration cases. Evaluates cases, relays concerns, and proactively escalates to the appropriate team members(s). Prepares forms, letters, documents and correspondence for attorney review; adapts tools and resources for casework which deviates from templates; increases knowledge of best practices. Manages status of all filed applications and petitions and finalizes documents after attorney review. Utilizes document and data management systems to prepare, monitor, and record all aspects of client casework as per policy. Prepares internal caseload reports for management. Shares process flow with assignees; Identifies problematic cases and discusses strategies and/or solutions with Attorney. Performs research to obtain information such as background on a company or industry, current wages, processing procedures, standard processing times, etc. Initiates contact with government agencies to obtain necessary information; alerts Senior Paralegal and/or attorney regarding potential process delays/problems.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree; 1-year law-related experience under licensed attorney; or, PL certificate from ABA approved program. 1 – 3 years' U.S. corporate immigration experience. Comfortable and ability to thrive in an extremely high volume environment. Demonstrates sound judgement. Ability to execute and work well with minimal supervision. Strong attention to detail and ability to catch errors and correct work and the work of others. Superior client service skills. Effectively able to prioritize cases, caseload and other assigned tasks (i.e. projects, company management responsibilities, etc.). Ability to meet deadline and goals. MS Office, Scan/Copy; learn, apply and effectively navigate daily use of propriety software.

Additional info

ID: 2018-2216

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.
2400 N Glenville Drive
Building A, Suite 100
Richardson, TX 75082

Review:

"“Decent benefits and...”"

Former Employee - Reviewed on December 15, 2017

Get it together and have a heart. Quit expecting people to worship the ground associate attorneys walk on. Also the free bagels on Thursdays are nice but come on.

Pros : Your coworkers who are working in the trenches with you are genuinely good people and look out for each other.
Cons : Associate attorneys lack managerial training and are only focused on the number of cases done per day regardless of how many cases (160+) you are working on and how burnt out you are becoming. Training is mediocre at best, obviously it makes it appear a great place to work. A word of guidance to anyone considering this position: if they’re hiring in December you will get thrown in at their most busy time of year and likely be let go after it.
Approve of the CEO[?] : Yes
Recommend this employer to a friend? : Yes
Business outlook for the next 6 months? : up
Current or former employee? : Former Employee
Last Year at Employer : 2017
Job type : Full time

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