Legal Assistants are in-demand professionals in the growing legal field.
Legal jobs are expected to continue to increase for the foreseeable future, with Legal Assistant and Paralegal jobs growing faster than many other industries.
So who is hiring Legal Assistants? Where can you look for employment as a Paralegal?
Private sector law firms remain a major employer of Legal Assistants. No matter what type of law most interests you, you are sure to find a law firm that either takes cases or specializes in the field you prefer.
Criminal Law. Criminal defense attorneys represent defendants accused of crimes in court. As a Legal Assistant, you might find yourself working on misdemeanor cases for district court, felony cases for superior courts, or even working on appellate cases.
Civil Law. Civil attorneys work on what we call tort cases. Tort cases include negligence, liability, defamation, contracts, and malpractice, to name a few.
Family Law. Attorneys who specialize in family law take cases like, divorce, custody, and paternity.
Personal Injury. While it is a division of tort law, many attorneys specialize in personal injury cases. These include car crashes, slip and fall accidents, and on-the-job injuries.
Elder Law. This area of law focuses on issues related to aging people, such as wills and estate planning, long-term care and Medicaid/Medicare, social security, abuse or neglect, and guardianship.
Tribal Law. Tribal attorneys often represent indigenous tribes in their dealings with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and state agencies.
Bankruptcy. When people are no longer able to pay their creditors, these attorneys assist them in liquidation of assets, setting up payment plans, or declaring bankruptcy.
Immigration Law. Immigration attorneys handle cases for people facing deportation or handling citizenship issues.
Wills & Estates. Estate lawyers handle the writing of wills, setting up of trusts, and the distribution of assets of a deceased person’s estate.
There are big corporate firms who manage acquisitions and mergers between companies. There are also major companies who have in-house counsel. In corporate law, you are more likely to come across product liability, contract, and copyright infringement cases.
The insurance industry employs legal assistants in various capacities, not only in the legal department, but also as insurance adjusters.
There are many opportunities for Legal Assistant and Paralegal employment in public sector legal offices. A major advantage of government employment is benefits, like sick and vacation time, retirement plan, and health insurance.
Prosecution. There are both criminal and civil possibilities if you become a Legal Assistant in a prosecutor’s or district attorney’s office. There are opportunities for Paralegals to work at the local, state, and federal level.
Attorney General. This office represents the government’s interest in cases. They are essentially the lawyers for the government. There are both state and federal Attorney’s General.
Agencies. Nearly every government agency, such as the Department of Justice, Health and Human Services, and the IRS, all employ Legal Assistants.
Legislature. Legal Assistants are involved in helping to research and write the proper language for bills that become our laws.
As you can see, there are so many opportunities for Legal Assistants in both the public and private sector. Best of all, it is relatively easy to get training and experience in many different areas of law.
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