Where the Jobs Are: Blended Paralegal and Legal Secretary Roles

If you’re looking for opportunities in the legal profession, one new buzzword to pay attention to is “hybrid”.

Two-thirds of lawyers (66 percent) interviewed by staffing firm Robert Half Legal said blended or hybrid paralegal and legal secretary positions have become more prevalent in the last two years, and 15 percent said their organization plans to increase hiring for these roles in the next 12 months.

The need for multifaceted support staff is growing as clients seek legal services at lower costs, the need for multifaceted support staff is growing.

Robert Half Legal said the research also found that 50 percent of the legal support jobs at law firms or companies are hybrid positions.

“Hybrid positions that combine administrative tasks with paralegal duties are becoming more widespread as firms restructure their support teams to improve efficiencies,” said Jamy Sullivan, executive director of Robert Half Legal. Sullivan

“To deliver quality results to clients at lower billing rates, the responsibilities of legal professionals in these blended roles are also expanding to include a variety of litigation support tasks traditionally handled by first-year associates,” Sullivan said.

Job prospects and salaries are increasing as employers compete for tech-savvy and versatile legal assistants, Sullivan observed. “Paralegals with a bachelor’s degree, technical proficiency and three-plus years of experience in a high-demand specialty — such as compliance or commercial litigation — are in short supply,” she said.

The Robert Half Legal 2018 Salary Guide revealed average starting salaries for hybrid paralegal jobs at a midpoint of $50,000 in the United States, depending on the scope and complexity of the position. Download a complimentary copy of the guide and access a salary calculator at the Robert Half Legal Salary Center.

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