Legal Profession Job Titles

Court Positions, Contracts, Mediation and More

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In December 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in its Occupational Outlook Handbook that competition for jobs in the legal field will remain strong as more students are graduating from law school than there are jobs available. In addition, there is less of a demand for legal services; since 2004, the sector has shrunk by 20 percent, and it continues to lag behind the rest of the economy as of 2014.

 

However, other jobs within the legal field are growing. The BLS projects employment of paralegals and legal assistants to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, and mediator and conciliator jobs are projected to grow at a rate 9 percent during the same time frame.

Here's a list of positions in the legal industry along with some job descriptions.

General

  • Arbitrator
  • Attorney
  • Case Manager
  • Jury Consultant: Jury consultants, also known as trial consultants, help lawyers choose a jury likely to return a verdict in their favor. They also prep witnesses, evaluate deposition transcripts and organize mock trials.
  • Law Firm Administrator
  • Legal Analyst
  • Legal Services Director
  • Paralegal: The American Association for Paralegal Education defines a paralegal work as substantive and procedural legal work which would otherwise be performed by an attorney. In other words, a paralegal is far more than a lawyer's assistant. Their work includes legal research and presentations, interviewing clients, drafting legal documents and law office administration.

    Administrative

    • Administrative Assistant
    • Clerk
    • Copy Center Professional
    • Document Coder
    • File Clerk
    • Legal Aide/Assistant
    • Legal Secretary
    • Mail room Personnel
    • Legal Records Manager

    Court Positions

    • Court Advocate: A court advocate, or victim's advocate, is trained to support crime victims. They provide the victim with information, emotional support, help locating resources such as social service agencies, completing paperwork, and sometimes go to court with them. Some victim's advocates run crisis hotlines and support groups or provide counseling.
    • Court Messenger
    • Court Reporter
    • Court Representative
    • Court Transcriptionist: A court transcriptionist listens to oral testimony and turns it into an accurate written record. Court transcriptionists are usually stenographers who use a special machine to produce a transcript of the proceedings. However, they may also use a voice recorder which is a special mask allowing for narration into a computer which uses speech recognition software to create a transcript.
    • Corrections Officer
    • Judge
    • Litigation Docket Manager: A litigation docket manager manages an organization's litigation docket file and records and makes sure the calendar is regularly updated. He may also oversee the docketing database or train staff to manage it.
    • Litigation Support Director
    • Magistrate
    • Trial Consultant

    Contracts

    • Contract Administrator
    • Contract Analyst
    • Contract Drafting Legal Specialist

    Mediation

    • Conciliator
    • Mediator: Unlike a lawyer, a mediator is a neutral third party and doesn't represent any one person involved in a legal matter. Mediators are non-biased negotiators for all parties involved in the dispute and they work to resolve everyone's issues and come to a mutual understanding and agreement without a judge or jury. They can work in legal administration, labor unions and the arts, for instance. They can also specialize in a particular area, like divorce mediation.
    • Conflict Resolution Specialist

    Other

    • Consultant
    • Regulatory Affairs Director
    • Right of Way Agent
    • Software Consultant

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