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Paralegals and Legal Assistants - 23-2011.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Certified Paralegal
  • Corporate Law Assistant
  • Law Associate
  • Legal Analyst
  • Legal Assistant
  • Litigation Paralegal
  • Paralegal
  • Paralegal Assistant
  • Paralegal Specialist
  • Real Estate Paralegal

SOC Occupation Groups

23-0000 Legal Occupations
23-2000 Legal Support Workers
23-2010 Paralegals and Legal Assistants
23-2011.00 Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Related Occupations


  • Appraise and inventory real and personal property for estate planning.
  • Arbitrate disputes between parties and assist in the real estate closing process, such as by reviewing title searches.
  • Call upon witnesses to testify at hearing.
  • Direct and coordinate law office activity, including delivery of subpoenas.
  • File pleadings with court clerk.
  • Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decisions, and legal articles, codes, and documents.
  • Investigate facts and law of cases and search pertinent sources, such as public records and internet sources, to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
  • Keep and monitor legal volumes to ensure that law library is up-to-date.
  • Meet with clients and other professionals to discuss details of case.
  • 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.
  • Prepare legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts, and real estate closing statements.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Arbitrate disputes between parties to resolve legal conflicts.
  • Confer with court staff to clarify information.
  • Coordinate legal schedules or activities.
  • Evaluate information related to legal matters in public or personal records.
  • Maintain the order of legal documents.
  • Meet with individuals involved in legal processes to provide information and clarify issues.
  • Prepare legal documents.
  • Represent the interests of clients in legal proceedings.
  • Research relevant legal materials to aid decision making.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Basic Legal Services Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Investigator (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • LDO - Judge Advocate General Corps (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Legal Administrative Officer (Marine Corps - Warrant Officer only)
  • Legal Administrator (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Legal Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Legal Services Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Legal Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Legalman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Legalman Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Military Justice Management Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Naval Justice School (NJS) Mid-Level Graduate (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Naval Justice School (NJS) Senior Graduate (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Navy Paralegal (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Paralegal (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Paralegal (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Paralegal Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Paralegal Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Paralegal Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Paralegal Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Paralegal Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Paralegal Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Paralegal Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • SC - Judge Advocate General Corps (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Senior Paralegal (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Yeoman (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Yeoman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Yeoman (Submarine) (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Paralegal (Paralegal Specialist)

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Legal Investigator
  • Paralegal
  • Patent Agent