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    • PRL 101: Introduction to Paralegal Studies
    • Form teams
      • 4 teams: count off 1 through 4
      • Introductions
      • Team Name
      • Roster
    • Quiz
      • Closed book/closed notes
      • Put away phones until quiz is over
      • You may collaborate with your team
      • You are responsible for the answers on your quiz
      • You do not have to choose the same answers as your team
    • What is a paralegal?
      • “ a person . . . who is employed . . . by a lawyer . . . which work, absent such assistance, the attorney would perform.” -ABA
      • “ persons who assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services” –NALA
      • “ a person . . . qualified to perform substantive legal work . . . customarily . . . performed by a lawyer.” -NFPA
    • What do paralegals do?
      • It depends. What does a lawyer do?
      • Litigation
        • Pleadings
          • Complaint, answer, cross complaint
        • Discovery documents
          • Interrogatories, RFP
        • Motions
          • Dismiss, exclude evidence
        • Investigation
        • Summarizing/organizing evidence: depositions, documents
    • What do paralegals do?
      • Social Security Disability
        • Interview clients
        • Obtain releases from client
        • Gather medical records
        • Gather gov’t records
        • Analyze/summarize file
    • Not a lawyer
      • License to practice law
      • Legal advice
        • Giving an opinion about the substance or procedure of the law, ordinarily in exchange for compensation
    • Employment
      • In general, paralegals who work for large law firms or in large metropolitan areas earn more than those who work for smaller firms or in less populated regions.
      • 246,810 paralegal jobs in US in 2009
      • Projected employment, 2016: 291,000 (+18%)
    • Employment
      • Top 10%: >$75,700
      • Middle 50%: $36,760—$60,620
      • Bottom 10%: <$29,800
      • Median: $46,980
    • Industries with highest employment Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Legal Services 179,350 $23.30 $48,460 Federal Executive Branch 13,880 $30.08 $62,570 Local Government 13,250 $24.27 $50,480 State Government 9,790 $21.23 $44,160 Management of Companies & Enterprises 6,000 $28.03 $58,340
    • Top-paying industries Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 $39.02 $81,150 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 30 $34.89 $72,560 Software Publishers 400 $33.98 $70,680 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 90 $33.48 $69,650 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 90 $33.27 $69,200
    • States with highest employment State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per 1000 workers District of Columbia 6,370 $31.14 $64,760 10.000 West Virginia 2,370 $17.32 $36,020 3.361 New York 25,760 $28.91 $60,140 3.035 Delaware 1,180 $25.20 $52,410 2.858 Connecticut 4,590 $24.45 $50,850 2.782
    • States with highest pay State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per 1000 workers District of Columbia 6,370 $31.14 $64,760 10.000 New York 25,760 $28.91 $60,140 3.035 California 26,830 $28.50 $59,270 1.846 Illinois 8,310 $26.29 $54,690 1.457 Alaska 670 $25.31 $52,640 2.174
    • Top cities for employment MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers Charleston, WV 860 $17.77 $36,970.00 5.855 Bowling Green, KY 240 $15.03 $31,260.00 4.377 Washington, DC Metropolitan Division 9780 $30.34 $63,110.00 4.251 Fort Lauderdale, FL Metropolitan Division 2990 $22.66 $47,140.00 4.186 Cheyenne, WY 170 $19.70 $40,970.00 4.037
    • Top-paying cities MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers Stockton, CA 160 $32.75 $68,120.00 0.754 San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 3600 $30.81 $64,080.00 3.664 New York, NY Metropolitan Division 19370 $30.40 $63,230.00 3.826 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 90 $30.39 $63,210.00 0.764 Washington, DC Metropolitan Division 9780 $30.34 $63,110.00 4.251
    • Alabama employment Area Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Hourly median wage Annual median wage Alabama 2320 20.98 43640 20.98 43650 Birmingham-Hoover AL 1100 23.21 48280 23.2 48260 Columbus GA-AL 180 25.84 53740 26.23 54560 Huntsville AL 190 17.55 36500 15.77 32810 Mobile AL 250 22.03 45820 21.76 45250 Montgomery AL 290 19.7 40980 19.44 40440 Tuscaloosa AL 100 16.49 34290 15.78 32830
    • Employment
      • Source for employment data:
      • www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes232011.htm
      • See my web page for links:
      • learningbusiness.net
    • Specialty areas
      • Litigation
      • Business transactional
      • Real Estate Transactional
      • Family Law
      • Estate Planning
      • Criminal
      • Administrative
      • Bankruptcy
    • Paralegal Associations
      • Benefits?
        • Education/CLE
        • Certification
        • Networking
      • National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA)
        • No Alabama chapter
      • National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)
        • Alabama Association of Paralegals
        • http://alabamaparalegals.net/
    • Skills
      • Resourcefulness
        • Creativity
        • Problem-solving
        • Focus on results
        • Persistence
    • Skills
      • Commitment
        • Finish tasks
          • Research, writing, filing
        • On time
          • Deadlines: Statutes of limitations, court deadlines, recording
          • Jefferson County malpractice risk
    • Skills
      • Analytical
        • Depositions
        • Documents
        • Evidence
    • Skills
      • Interpersonal
        • Co-workers
        • Opposing counsel
        • Clients
        • Court clerks
        • Judges
        • Witnesses
    • Skills
      • Oral communication
        • Clients
        • Witnesses
        • Police
        • Insurance adjusters
        • Court staff
        • Opposing counsel
    • Skills
      • Written Communication
        • Client letters
        • Pleadings
        • Motions
        • Discovery
        • Summaries
        • Memoranda
        • Briefs
    •  
    • What does it take to succeed?
      • How can you add value to the firm?
    • One final note
      • What was the last book you read?