There is a lot more opportunity in the legal world than just becoming an attorney. From paralegals to secretaries and managers, here are just a few of the roles the recruiters at The Goodkind Group can help place you in.
Paralegals are a high-demand position within the legal world. All law firms, big or small, require the assistance of paralegals to help the attorneys complete their daily tasks. Paralegals are tasked with doing legal research, interviewing clients and witnesses, drafting leads and dispositions and helping the attorneys with any tasks they may need. To become a paralegal, you need experience and in some law firms, at least two years of schooling or a paralegal certificate is also required.
To gain experience to become a paralegal, many applicants will take positions as legal secretaries. A legal secretary is similar to a paralegal, but do not have as much responsibility and are not expected to have as much experience. A legal secretary will help with dispositions, speaking to clients, filing, drafting letters and making sure everyone is aware of court dates and important calendar updates.
The operations manager is in charge of ensuring that the law firm is running smoothly. With this position, experience or a degree in business is often more necessary than experience in law. The operations manager is tasked with handling budgets and ensuring that all clients are receiving the best service. They may also take part in the hiring process and financial processes of the firm.
Mostly all law firms require an office manager as they are known to have a lot of paperwork and more than a few employees. The office manager is responsible for ensuring that all the attorneys and staff have the supplies they need, that bills are paid on time and that the office is running smoothly. An office manager may also dabble in HR duties, such as handling issues between coworkers or planning birthdays and holiday events.
To become a record clerk, you need to be organized. A lawyer’s case file can become lengthy and it is up to the record clerk to ensure that it is all kept together neatly and organized. Your day-to-day may include filing papers, packing and unpacking boxes of cases, organizing case files and even coordinating transfers and pickups of those case files.
While not necessarily in the spectrum of law, many larger law firms will have the need for an on-site IT Director. With many sensitive case files being put online, lawyers often feel the need to have a trusted employee who can update their software and keep their documents safe. An IT Director in a law firm setting should have skills in computer security and know the specific programs used by lawyers.
A court reporter doesn’t technically work at a law firm. Instead, they often work at a variety of different court houses and take notes during legal proceedings. If you have ever been in a court setting, this is the person who sits beside the judge and transcribes everything that is said during a hearing, trial or deposition.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in law or need a skilled employee to join your law firm, contact The Goodkind Group to learn how our expert law recruiters can help you find what you’re looking for. For more information, give us a call at 212-378-0700 or visit our website for more information.