Hire the Top Legal Pros in 2018

In the coming year, some legal pros are predicted to be more in-demand than others.

Finding and making an offer to a top legal candidate can be challenging. The search starts by nailing down the job description, skills needed and salary requirements. Trends show that today’s most successful companies take a more well-rounded approach to the hiring process.

Top companies read market insights, offer career paths and make sure potential new hires are a good cultural fit. Candidates, in turn, should be knowledgeable on what it takes to land a job with a top employer.

To get premier talent, both law firms and corporate legal departments should be privy to the top jobs for 2018. Here are a few examples of positions in top legal areas, along with average compensation and the skills necessary for a candidate to be considered for these roles:

1. Paralegal

Researches and analyzes statutes, case law, articles and treaties. Prepares legal documents such as pleadings, briefs, wills and contracts. Assists with depositions and trial preparation. Typically requires an associate degree or certificate in paralegal studies and at least 3 years of related experience.

Average Salary Range: $47,000-$65,000

2. Legal Secretary, Senior

Prepares, formats and revises briefs, subpoenas and other correspondence. Organizes and manages calendars, billing, files and travel logistics. Performs other general secretarial duties, including drafting/formatting legal documents, research, fielding phone calls and other correspondence, tracking records and transcribing dictations. May require an associate degree or legal secretary certificate and 4 years of experience.

Average Salary Range: $54,000-$76,000

3. Docketing Clerk

Prepares, formats and revises briefs, subpoenas and other correspondence. Organizes and manages calendars, billing, files and travel logistics. Performs other general secretarial duties, including drafting/formatting legal documents, research, fielding phone calls and other correspondence, tracking records and transcribing dictations. May require an associate degree or legal secretary certificate and 4 years of experience.

Average Salary Range: $40,000 – $55,000

As the experts in legal staffing, we offer salary data, job descriptions and market insights that are unparalleled in their accuracy, in order to help law firms and legal departments attract and hire the very best professionals. Our 2018 Salary Guide is a valuable resource for hiring and retaining the legal professionals that your law firm or corporate legal department needs.

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