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What is a Litigation Paralegal?

Litigation Paralegals are the backbone of the trial team. They manage all of the details throughout every phase of the trial – from investigations to pleadings and discovery.

The Litigation Paralegal works very closely with attorneys, assisting in depositions, witness preparation, and research. The paralegal is typically the one who prepares and handles all exhibits. They will also act as an assistant to the attorney during the court proceedings. Once the trial is over, the Litigation Paralegal will be responsible for closing out the case documents

Education Requirements

  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • ABA-approved paralegal certification with a focus on litigation

Litigation Paralegal Essential Skills

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

2. High attention to detail

3. Resourceful research and analytical skills

4. Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and tasks

5. Proficient in Microsoft Office

Litigation Paralegal Roles & Responsibilities

  • Research and analyze law sources such as statutes, recorded judicial decisions, legal articles, treaties, constitutions and legal codes to prepare legal documents such as briefs, pleadings, or appeals, etc. for use by attorney.
  • Draft routine legal documents for review and use by attorneys.
  • Compile and prepare draft discovery responses.
  • Categorize and interpret data; review and analyze reports, responses and records produced by opposing counsel.
  • Coordinate requests between multiple parties involved in litigation by way of consistent communication with client, claims and full partnership with attorney through end of case.

Day-to-Day Duties

  1. Prepare, organize, and file documents and correspondence.
  2. Conduct legal research.
  3. Update and maintain internal databases.
  4. Prepare witness and other materials for case preparation.
  5. Organize relevant documents for attorney review and case preparation.
  6. Prepare for, and attend, depositions.
  7. Prepare and organize exhibits during depositions.
  8. Prepare and file all court documents.

Salary Expectations

Job TitleYrs. ExperienceAverage SalarySalary Range
Litigation Paralegal5-10 $45,964 $35,110-$62,433
 11-20 $54,541 $41,441-$72,371
 21+ $60,802 $44,778-$79,853

Salary dependent on experience level, and focus area.

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