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Sample paralegal job description

At [Company X], the expert legal team is a driving force behind our continued success. We’re in search of an experienced paralegal to join this team and help maintain our standard of excellence. The paralegal will have an immediate and lasting impact on our operations, guiding us toward positive outcomes with comprehensive legal research, document creation, and database maintenance. The ideal candidate will have working knowledge of current legislation and regulatory guidelines, and experience in both litigation and corporate law. [Company X] is proud to offer comprehensive, highly specialized services to clients, which begins with paralegal attention to the letter of the law.

Objectives of this role

  • Provide high-quality support to firm’s legal staff in administrative, regulatory, and legal matters, and assist other paralegals, legal secretaries, compliance personnel, and attorneys to meet departmental needs
  • Locate, evaluate, and compile relevant resources and data for current and future legal motions
  • Prepare legal documents, including briefs, motions, affidavits, and contracts
  • Assist in preparing legal arguments by conducting extensive research, including most-current rulings
  • Investigate public records, previous cases, and legal precedents to prepare materials for litigation and corporate hearings
  • Organize and maintain accurate, up-to-date databases for current and past legal motions


  • Assist managing attorneys with a range of assignments, including regulatory matters, negotiation and drafting of contracts, marketing issues, and policy reformation and rescission issues
  • Draft and retain legal correspondence, including case-specific reports, appendices and exhibits, arrangements for special staffing needs, and tracking documents
  • Develop legal arguments through extensive research and close collaboration with managing attorneys, executives, managers, and staff to obtain all pertinent information and case materials
  • Research and investigate facts of cases; identify relevant laws, judicial decisions, legal articles, and other materials; and report changes in regulations, guidelines, and laws to appropriate parties
  • Draft, revise, and finalize filings, and assist with submission to appropriate entities

Required skills and qualifications

  • Proven ability to handle multiple concurrent responsibilities in a highly dynamic environment
  • Strong ability to work efficiently and effectively with time-sensitive materials
  • Excellent judgment and demonstrated discretion in handling confidential information
  • Ability to maintain organized files and databases
  • Proficiency with Mac systems and productivity tools such as Google Workspace, Dropbox, and Office 365
  • Extensive experience using legal database software, including Clio

Preferred skills and qualifications

  • Associate’s degree (or equivalent) in paralegal studies
  • Professional certification, such as NALA, AACP, or ABA
  • Experience in administration
  • Working knowledge of legal report–writing processes