CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Paralegal and Related
Benchmark Title: Paralegals and Legal Assistants
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action. Prepare legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts, and real estate closing statements.
 
Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decisions, and legal articles, codes, and documents.
 
Call upon witnesses to testify at hearing.
 
Direct and coordinate law office activity, including delivery of subpoenas.
 
Keep and monitor legal volumes to ensure that law library is up-to-date.
 
Appraise and inventory real and personal property for estate planning.
 
Prepare affidavits or other documents, such as legal correspondence, and organize and maintain documents in paper or electronic filing system.
 
Prepare for trial by performing tasks such as organizing exhibits.
 
Meet with clients and other professionals to discuss details of case.
 
File pleadings with court clerk.
 
Investigate facts and law of cases and search pertinent sources, such as public records, to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
 
Arbitrate disputes between parties and assist in the real estate closing process, such as by reviewing title searches.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Paralegal and Related
Benchmark Title: Paralegals and Legal Assistants
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Paralegal and Related
Benchmark Title: Paralegals and Legal Assistants
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Paralegal and Related
Benchmark Title: Paralegals and Legal Assistants
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Paralegal and Related
Benchmark Title: Paralegals and Legal Assistants
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Accutrac software Document management software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software Document management software
 
American LegalNet USCourtForms Information retrieval or search software
 
Appligent Citation FDFMerge Document management software
 
Blumberg Drafting Libaries Desktop publishing software
 
Bowne JFS Litigator's Notebook Categorization or classification software
 
Bridgeway eCounsel Data base user interface and query software
 
Case analysis software Analytical or scientific software
 
CaseSoft DepPrep Document management software
 
CaseSoft TextMap Document management software
 
CaseSoft TimeMap Pattern design software
 
Computer access catalog software Library software
 
Corel WordPerfect software Word processing software
 
Dataflight Concordance Analytical or scientific software
 
Dataflight Opticon Desktop publishing software
 
Digital Contracts software Desktop publishing software
 
Document management system software Document management software
 
Electronic discovery software Analytical or scientific software
 
Electronic transcription management software Document management software
 
Fastcase Information retrieval or search software
 
FindForms Information retrieval or search software
 
FindLaw Code of Federal Regulations CFR Information retrieval or search software
 
Inmagic DB/TextWorks Document management software
 
IntelliPDF software Document management software
 
Legal MacPac software Word processing software
 
Legal document software Word processing software
 
LexisNexis Applied Discovery Analytical or scientific software
 
LexisNexis CaseMap Data base user interface and query software
 
LexisNexis CheckCite Word processing software
 
LexisNexis CodeMaster Data base user interface and query software
 
LexisNexis Company Analyzer Information retrieval or search software
 
LexisNexis CourtLink Strategic Profiles Analytical or scientific software
 
LexisNexis File and Serve Document management software
 
LexisNexis HotDocs Document management software
 
LexisNexis SmartLinx Information retrieval or search software
 
LexisNexis Time Matters software Data base user interface and query software
 
LexisNexis Total Search Document management software
 
Litigation support software Analytical or scientific software
 
LiveNote software Categorization or classification software
 
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
OmniRIM software Document management software
 
Online database search and retrieval software Information retrieval or search software
 
Online public records search software Information retrieval or search software
 
Online title search and property report software Information retrieval or search software
 
Optical character recognition OCR software Optical character reader OCR or scanning software
 
Ovid SilverPlatter WebSPIRS Information retrieval or search software
 
PDF Snake Easy Bates Document management software
 
Practice management software PMS Data base user interface and query software
 
ProForce Paralegal Pro-Pack Desktop publishing software
 
Records management software Document management software
 
Relational database software Data base user interface and query software
 
Saga Practice Manager Data base user interface and query software
 
Software Technology PracticeMaster Customer relationship management CRM software
 
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
 
Summation Blaze Document management software
 
Sure Will Writer Desktop publishing software
 
THOMAS Global Register Information retrieval or search software
 
Thomson Saegis Information retrieval or search software
 
Thomson West FindLaw Information retrieval or search software
 
Thomson West ProLaw Customer relationship management CRM software
 
Tumbleweed SecureTransport Transaction server software
 
Two Step Software CorporateFocus software Data base user interface and query software
 
Uniscribe software Analytical or scientific software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
Westlaw Information retrieval or search software
 
Westlaw Real Property Deed Images Information retrieval or search software
 
Wilson's Computer Applications RealEasy Appraisals Analytical or scientific software
 
Word processing software Word processing software
 
Zylab ZyImage File versioning software
 
a la mode WinTOTAL Analytical or scientific software
 
dtSearch software Information retrieval or search software
 
eTrac software Data base user interface and query software
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Fax machines Facsimile machines
 
Image scanners Scanners
 
Notebook computers Notebook computers
 
Optical character recognition equipment Optical character recognition systems
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Photocopiers Photocopiers
 
Scanners Scanners
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Paralegal and Related
Benchmark Title: Paralegals and Legal Assistants
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Paralegal and Related
Benchmark Title: Paralegals and Legal Assistants
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Bankruptcy Assistant
Certified Paralegal
Child Support Specialist
Closing Agent
Complex Commercial Litigation Paralegal
Contract Preparer
Contracts Specialist
Corporate Law Assistant
Corporate Legal Assistant
Corporate Paralegal
Document Processor
Eviction Specialist
Immigration Paralegal
Immigration Specialist
Judicial Assistant
Labor And Employment Certified Paralegal
Legal Aide
Legal Analyst
Legal Assistant
Legal Investigator
Legal Paraprofessional
Legal Researcher
Litigation Paralegal
Paralegal
Paralegal Specialist
Patent Agent
Probate Paralegal
Proposal Specialist
Real Estate Closer
Real Estate Paralegal
Research Analyst
Title Curator
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Paralegal and Related
Benchmark Title: Paralegals and Legal Assistants
 
 
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