Are you a Corporate Paralegal? You may just be in luck.

Today, it’s a matter of dollars and sense. By Chere B. Estrin Are you happy in your job? Would you like to be happier? I have never witnessed  a job market quite like this one. Honest, I haven’t. It’s a circus out there. Law firms and in-house legal departments are coming at us with request upon request upon request (ok, you get it) for corporate paralegals all over the country....

Are Paralegals Meant to Survive This Decade?

Is there a bright future for Paralegals? The Bureau of Labor Statistics is out with their 2020 Occupational Outlook for Paralegals and Legal Assistants. Bottom line – it’s not a bad time to be in, or to be getting into, a paralegal or legal assistant position*. Consider these findings: o Median annual pay is $51,750, compared with $39,800 for all occupations in the US. o 80% of paralegals and...

New LitSupport Survey Shows Managers Get Big Bucks

The Organization of Legal Professionals (OLP) has been surveying Litigation Support Professionals to uncover interesting insights and valuable facts to help LSPs make the most of their careers.  The survey, sponsored by ZyLab and Career Numbers, is unlike traditional salary and utilization surveys. The survey is left open to regularly update the information and release new and interesting...

If You’re Not Getting Paid Overtime, Are You Owed a Ton of Money?

    I came across this interesting article that, once again, brings up the overtime issue for paralegals.  This issue is so old and so ongoing, I am sure we'll be telling our great-grandchildren about it. Whether you want to be paid overtime or not, the Labor Department ruled several times over the years, actually, and again in 2006 that paralegals are non-exempt, meaning...

LitSupport Salary Survey: Do Paralegals With Tech Skills Earn More?

OLP invites you to participate in the first Litigation Support Salary & Utilization Survey to provide legal professionals with unparalleled insight into salary and career performance information.  We’re committed to helping people make the most of their careers, so we will provide a free salary survey to give you inside information about your market value, directly from your...

New Survey Shows Paralegal Salaries Going Down

  Not so good news out here in the paralegal world. The new 2010 Salary Guide from Robert Half Legal just published, shows that paralegal salaries are dipping. The salary guide is a review of actual starting salaries in 2009 and an extrapolation of these trends into 2010.  Salaries have dropped from between .02% and 3.7% nationwide.  Senior Paralegals (7+ years) are...

“Job satisfaction is high in the paralegal field”

Another gem of an article from LawCrossing which reports very good news for paralegals:"Many paralegals entering the workforce these days have high expectations. Steady salary increases, expanded workplace challenges, and broad benefits packages all contribute to robust paralegal employment opportunities and job satisfaction. "The paralegal profession is hailed as being one of the...

“Classify paralegals as professionals, not administrative staff”

So, is this a welcome statement from Altman Weil & the Law Department Management blog? I think so! "Classify paralegals as professionals, not administrative staff, so you can pay for appropriate quality "A good point made by a consultant, James Wilber of Altman Weil, appears in InsideCounsel, Feb. 2007 at 54. Wilber has observed that 'often corporations classify paralegals as...