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					                                                                               PARALEGAL
What do they do? Assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal                         Some typical job duties include:
documents, or researching legal precedent. Conduct research to support a legal                  •  Prepare affidavits or other documents, such as legal correspondence, and organize
proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.                                   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, and contracts.
                                                                                                •  Meet with clients and other professionals to discuss details of case.
People with these roles and responsibilities are also called:                                   •  Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decisions, and legal articles,
Paralegal, Law Clerk, Legal Assistant, Legal Clerk, Summer Law Associate,                          codes, and documents.
Legal Analyst, Paralegal Specialist, Certified Paralegal                                        •  Investigate facts and law of cases and search pertinent sources, such as public
                                                                                                   records, to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.


                                Ohio Job Outlook                                                           Most Important Occupational Skills
                                “Average” (+18.4%)                                                         PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS                              SYSTEMS SKILLS
                                                                                  BASIC SKILLS
                                                                                  •  Reading Comprehension •  Complex Problem Solving                          •  Judgment and Decision Making
                                                                                  •  Active Listening                                                          •  Systems Analysis
                                                                                  •  Writing                                                                   •  Systems Evaluation
     -­‐10%	
          0%	
        10%	
     20%	
     30%	
         40%	
  
                                                                                  SOCIAL SKILLS                      TECHNICAL SKILLS                          RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
            Projected % change in number of jobs by 2020                          •  Coordination                    •  Operations Analysis                    SKILLS
                                                                                  •  Service Orientation             •  Operation Monitoring                   •  Time Management
                  Note: Blue band = Average growth (10% to 19%)                   •  Social Perceptiveness                                                     •  Mgmt of Personnel Resources
                                                                                                                                                               •  Mgmt of Financial Resources
          Na#onal	
  Job	
  Outlook	
  through	
  2020:	
  18.3%	
                               The most important skills required for performing this job well are underlined.



                                                                                      Career Pathway and Educational Requirements
         How much did these                                Associate ($20,000 - $35,000)      Specialist ($30,000 - $75,000)         Managerial ($50,000 - $100,000)     Executive ($100,000+)
          jobs pay in 2012?                                      Junior Paralegal /             Senior Paralegal / Legal                                     Senior
                                                                                                                                          Attorney                         General Counsel
                                                                  Legal assistant                assistant(Supervisory)                                     Attorney
   Average: $44,530 per year                               REQUIRED FOR ENTRY/             REQUIRED FOR ADVANCEMENT                     REQUIRED FOR ENTRY/              REQUIRED FOR
                                                           ADVANCEMENT                     •  Associate’s degree or multiple years      ADVANCEMENT                      ADVANCEMENT
       ($21.41 per hour)                                   •  High school degree           equivalent related work experience;          •  Law degree                    •  Law degree
                                                                                           •  Professional certification                •  Multiple years related work   •  Many years related work
                                                                                                                                        experience                       experience


SOME CERTIFICATIONS THAT CAN HELP YOU ADVANCE:
Paralegal Certificate (from an ABA Approved Paralegal Education Program by many community and four-year colleges)
Certified Legal Assistant / Certified Paralegal (National Association of Legal Assistants, unavailable online)
Paralegal Advanced Competency Examination – Registered Paralegal (National Federation of Paralegal Associations, unavailable online)
American Alliance Certified Paralegal (American Alliance of Paralegals, unavailable online)

				
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