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Occupational Report for Paralegals and Legal Assistants (23-2011) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational 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. Excludes "Legal Secretaries" (43-6012).

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Paralegals and Legal Assistants
Employment Outlook for Paralegals and Legal Assistants
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was somewhat larger than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a somewhat faster rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist for trained workers largely due to the significant number of job openings projected for this occupation.

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Current Employment Department Job Openings for Paralegals and Legal Assistants There are 10 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 10 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
27D Paralegal Specialist 9/17/14 Salem
Document Management Analyst II 9/7/14 Portland
Legal Assistant 9/3/14 Eugene DOE
Paralegal I 8/22/14 Portland Neg.
Discipline Paralegal 8/20/14 Tigard $24.30/hr
Part time Corporate Paralegal 8/19/14 Portland $25.00/hr DOE, Neg.
Design Patent Paralegal 8/8/14 Portland
Design Patent Paralegal 8/8/14 Portland
eDiscovery Paraprofessional/Paralegal 8/8/14 Portland
Paralegal (Portland, OR) 6/25/14 Portland
Job Openings from the Web for Paralegals and Legal Assistants The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 17 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 17 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
27D Paralegal Specialist 9/15/14 Salem National Guard
Case Assistant (Litigation/Corporate) 9/10/14 Portland Stoel Rives LLP
DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT ANALYST II 9/5/14 Portland US Investigations Services LLC
Paralegal Specialist 9/3/14 Salem Army National Guard
27D Paralegal Specialist 9/3/14 Salem Army National Guard
Legal Assistant 8/29/14 Eugene University of Oregon
Paralegal 8/26/14 Roseburg
Legal Assistant 8/25/14 Eugene University of Oregon
Legal Assistant 8/25/14 Salem
Design Patent Paralegal 8/6/14 Portland Nike
Design Patent Paralegal 8/6/14 Portland Nike
Design Patent Paralegal 8/6/14 Portland Nike
Paralegal Specialist / Legal Assistant Opportunities 7/3/14 Wilsonville United States Army
Paralegal Specialist / Legal Assistant Opportunities 7/3/14 Eugene United States Army
Paralegal Specialist / Legal Assistant Opportunities 7/3/14 Portland United States Army
Paralegal (Portland OR) 6/23/14 Portland Lockheed Martin
Litigation/Paralegal/Law Firms/Portland Oregon 6/20/14 Portland Law Firm Staff
State of Oregon License Information for Paralegals and Legal Assistants No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Paralegals and Legal Assistants
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $17.41 $21.26 $26.60 $32.50 $37.35 $27.61 $57,421
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 19.17 19.93 21.04 22.30 23.06 21.11 43,919
Multnomah / Washington 18.44 22.27 29.15 34.98 48.18 30.00 62,391
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 19.39 21.61 24.66 26.93 28.66 24.07 50,059
Lane 16.14 21.56 25.23 27.71 29.48 24.87 51,730
Jackson / Josephine 16.39 18.90 21.85 26.14 29.70 22.50 46,798
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 19.94 21.90 24.80 27.35 28.99 24.23 50,390
Klamath / Lake 16.44 18.66 21.26 25.18 27.79 21.71 45,165
Clackamas 24.05 30.21 32.55 34.88 36.32 31.96 66,486
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Regional Employment Projections for Paralegals and Legal Assistants
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 2,155 2,626 471 21.9% 47 35 82
Multnomah / Washington 1,311 1,585 274 20.9% 27 21 48
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 374 447 73 19.5% 7 6 13
Lane 141 174 33 23.4% 3 2 5
Clackamas 88 112 24 27.3% 2 1 3
Jackson / Josephine 74 90 16 21.6% 2 1 3
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 52 63 11 21.2% 1 1 2
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 38 46 8 21.1% 1 1 2
Douglas 28 31 3 10.7% 0 0 0
Klamath / Lake 27 32 5 18.5% 0 0 0
Morrow / Umatilla 26 31 5 19.2% 0 0 0
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 18 22 4 22.2% 0 0 0
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 18 20 2 11.1% 0 0 0
Grant / Harney / Malheur 17 19 2 11.8% 0 0 0
Baker / Union / Wallowa 14 16 2 14.3% 0 0 0
Coos / Curry 8 9 1 12.5% 0 0 0

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
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Industries of Employment for Paralegals and Legal Assistants
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 2,155
Total All Industries Private 1,752
Finance and Insurance Private 99
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities Private 86
Insurance Carriers Private 74
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Private 1,561
Legal Services Private 1,532
Management of Companies and Enterprises Private 35
Educational Services Private 22
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools Private 21
Total All Industries Federal 90
Federal Government, Excluding Post Office Federal 90
Total All Industries State 101
State Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals State 96
Total All Industries Local 206
Local Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals Local 192
Educational Requirements for Paralegals and Legal Assistants The typical entry level education for this occupation is an Associate's degree. Those with a Bachelor's degree have a competitive advantage in the labor market.
Skills for Paralegals and Legal Assistants
  • Analyze Evidence
  • Analyze Legal Questions
  • Apply Active Listening Techniques
  • Apply Case Logic And Precedent
  • Apply Confidentiality Procedures
  • Apply Knowledge Of Judicial System
  • Apply Legal Concepts To Medical Reports And Documents
  • Apply Research Methodology To Legal Cases And Issues
  • Assist With Business And Managerial Research
  • Assist With Legal Research
  • Compile Information For Court Cases
  • Compose Business Correspondence
  • Conduct Investigations And Research
  • Conduct Legal Research
  • Conduct Record Searches
  • Draft Legal Pleadings
  • File Documents In Court
  • Follow Principles Of Business Law
  • Gather Physical Evidence
  • Interpret And Apply Copyright Laws
  • Interpret And Apply Insurance Laws Or Regulations
  • Locate Persons (Skip Tracing )
  • Maintain Reference Library
  • Obtain And Maintain Legal Forms
  • Obtain General Information In Legal Office Setting
  • Obtain Information From Clients, Customers, Patients Or Others
  • Organize And Work With Detailed Records
  • Organize Legal Information And Records
  • Prepare Court Exhibits
  • Prepare Legal Briefs And Affidavits
  • Prepare Legal Correspondence
  • Prepare Legal Documents
  • Process And Prepare Business Forms
  • Process Records And Maintain Forms And Files
  • Research Work-Related Topics Using Library Resources
  • Understand, Use, And Communicate Technical Information
  • Use Computers To Enter, Access And Retrieve Data
  • Use Correct Grammar, Punctuation And Spelling
  • Use Interviewing Techniques
  • Use Legal Terminology
  • Use On-Line Search Techniques
  • Verify Investigative Information
  • Work As A Team Member
Schools and Training Providers for Paralegals and Legal Assistants The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

ITT Technical Institute-Portland
9500 NE Cascades Parkway
Portland, OR 97220
Phone: (503) 255-6500
Programs of Training:
Heald College-Portland
6035 NE 78th Ct.
Portland, OR 97218
Phone: (503) 505-5428
Programs of Training:
Sumner College
8909 SW Barbur Boulevard, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97219-4063
Phone: (503) 223-5100
Programs of Training:
Pioneer Pacific College
27501 SW Parkway Ave
Wilsonville, OR 97070-9296
Phone: (503) 682-3903
Programs of Training:
Everest College-Portland
425 SW Washington Street
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 222-3225
Programs of Training:
Treasure Valley Community College
650 College Blvd
Ontario, OR 97914
Phone: (541) 881-8822
Programs of Training:
Umpqua Community College
1140 College Rd.
Roseburg, OR 97470-226
Phone: (541) 440-4600
Programs of Training:
Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219-7132
Phone: (503) 244-6111
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Paralegals and Legal Assistants These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Blue Mountain Community College
Lane Community College
Umpqua Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Paralegals and Legal Assistants matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Legal Support Workers, All Other 85%
Judicial Law Clerks 72%
Lawyers 42%
Title Examiners, Abstractors, And Searchers 32%
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers 32%