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Working As A Legal Specialist

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $131,791

    Average Salary

What Does A Legal Specialist Do At McKesson

* Maintain internal database, document management and calendaring systems – and advise on process improvements as those systems upgrade;
* Open and close litigation and pre-litigation matters, including tracking settlements;
* Manage and respond to employment subpoenas, document requests, and other formal requests for information, including analyzing requests, negotiating scope of any response, and obtaining, reviewing and producing documents;
* Assist with internal and external reporting on litigation matters; and
* Provide assistance with case management, document collections and productions, witness interviews, and investigations

What Does A Legal Specialist Do At Massmutual Financial Group

* Responsibilities include conducting complex legal research and analysis and advising attorneys on results; drafting legal and business communications; preparing regulatory filings; drafting correspondence; reviewing and interpreting contracts; drafting contract terms; and assisting in the file preparation for legal action.
* Prepare and evaluate complex legal documentation to resolve problems and close matters.
* Identify legal issues that require attorney consideration and articulate such issues to attorneys.
* Evaluate and resolve complex matters.
* Monitor new legislative, regulatory and case law developments; assess potential implications for the business, summarize and make recommendations.
* May initiate and oversee implementation of changes in internal procedures.
* Interacts with all levels, including leaders in the organization.
* Specific responsibilities and focus will vary depending on assigned area (e.g. corporate law, insurance law, retirement services law, litigation).
* Research and monitor changes in federal, or state insurance laws affecting MassMutual’s products.
* Analyze regulatory developments impacting MassMutual’s products.
* Respond to internal questions about MassMutual’s products (with attorney supervision).
* Assist in the reviewing of marketing and sales materials.
* Assist in the review of internal operating procedures

What Does A Legal Specialist Do At State of Arizona

* Assists with the review of environmental reports, rules and plans
* Draft and coordinate timely issuance of environmental regulations, including, participation in stakeholder meetings
* Makes recommendations to staff, unit managers, and value stream managers concerning compliance and legal issues
* Assist with the analysis of the impact of new laws and rules on programs
* Provide analysis to Program Managers for recommendations regarding program implementation and modification
* Correspond professionally and expeditiously with applicants, stakeholders and the public on environmental issues with peer review
* Salary Ranges:
* Level 1: $40,656-$50,820
* Level 2: $44,722-$55,902
* Level 3: $49,194-$61,493

What Does A Legal Specialist Do At Jpmorgan Chase

* Corporate Function Obligations for Legal is part of the Legal Practices Group of the Legal COO.
* The group requires experienced individuals with regulatory awareness and background, able to understand the risk to the Firm of non-compliance with laws and regulations.
* The ideal candidate will work closely with the Office of Legal Obligations (“OLO”) as well as attorneys assisting the OLO known as Assigned Obligation Record Owners (“AORO”) who are throughout the entire Legal department.
* OLO Legal is the Legal group responsible for oversight and management of the End-to
* End Legal and Regulatory Process Program (“Program”).
* The objective of the Legal and Regulatory Process Program is to design and develop a global, firm-wide, risk-based process to evidence compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations (“Legal Obligations”).
* Reporting will be made possible by linking an enterprise-wide taxonomy of Legal Obligations to controls that evidence compliance, including policies, self-assessments, training, and monitoring.
* The Corporate Function Obligations for Legal will be responsible for the connection of the Obligations to Legal’s controls.
* The ideal candidate will lead efforts to help all of Legal in all geographies in the effort to connect the Obligations to Legal’s control.
* This individual will ensure the data is accurately managed throughout these efforts.
* The individual will support cross-enterprise efforts of lawyers to identify and provide information and documentation necessary to support this effort.
* The role requires significant cross-functional collaboration, including with line of business lawyers, their Compliance counterparts, as well as counterparts in Risk and Oversight and Controls.
* The environment is fast-paced, often requiring that issues be addressed rapidly - to ensure the firm stays in compliance with the rapidly-evolving federal, state, and other rules that may apply to our highly regulated industry.
* The successful candidate must have strong analytical and collaborative skills, be able to work independently and be a true "self-starter."
* Primary Responsibilities will include:
* Data management for review by Legal subject-matter experts and other Legal groups
* Manage workflow and tracking of open items under OLO Program Phase mapping schedule
* Perform all data entry and reconciliation between tracking spreadsheets and ELA workflow tool, including inputs from upstream stakeholders (e.g., Compliance/Risk)
* Manage and maintain detailed status metrics for all obligations and corresponding dispositions
* Facilitate reporting for Central OLO team regarding Legal impact assessment/mapping progress
* Occasional research to support special projects, as needed

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How To Become A Legal Specialist

Most paralegals and legal assistants have an associate’s degree in paralegal studies, or a bachelor's degree in another field and a certificate in paralegal studies.


There are several paths a person can take to become a paralegal. Candidates can enroll in a community college paralegal program to earn an associate’s degree. However, many employers prefer, or even require, applicants to have a bachelor’s degree.

Because only a small number of schools offer bachelor’s and master's degrees in paralegal studies, applicants typically have a bachelor’s degree in another subject and earn a certificate in paralegal studies.

Associate’s and bachelor's degree programs in paralegal studies usually offer paralegal training courses in legal research, legal writing, and the legal applications of computers, along with courses in other academic subjects, such as corporate law and international law. Most certificate programs provide intensive paralegal training for people who already hold college degrees.

Employers sometimes hire college graduates with no legal experience or legal education and train them on the job. In these cases, the new employee may have experience in a technical field that is useful to law firms, such tax preparation, nursing, or criminal justice.

Other Experience

In many cases, employers prefer candidates who have at least 1 year of experience in a law firm or other office setting. In addition, a technical understanding of a specific legal specialty can be helpful. For example, a personal-injury law firm may desire a paralegal with a background in nursing or health administration.

Work experience in a law firm or other office setting is particularly important for people who do not have formal paralegal training.

Many paralegal training programs offer an internship, in which students gain practical experience by working for several months in a private law firm, the office of a public defender or attorney general, a corporate legal department, a legal aid organization, or a government agency. Internship experience helps students improve their technical skills and can enhance their employment prospects.


Although not required, some employers may prefer to hire applicants who have completed a paralegal certification program. Many national and local paralegal organizations offer voluntary paralegal certifications to students able to pass an exam. Other organizations offer voluntary paralegal certifications for paralegals who meet certain experience and education criteria. For more information about paralegal certifications, see the More Info section.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Paralegals must be able to document and present their research and related information to their supervising attorney.

Computer skills. Paralegals need to be familiar with using computers for legal research and litigation support. They also use computer programs for organizing and maintaining important documents.

Interpersonal skills. Paralegals spend most of their time working with clients and other professionals and must be able to develop good relationships. They must make clients feel comfortable sharing personal information related to their cases.

Organizational skills. Paralegals may be responsible for many cases at one time. They must adapt quickly to changing deadlines.

Research skills. Paralegals need good research and investigative skills to conduct legal research.

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Legal Specialist Career Paths

Legal Specialist
Real Estate Paralegal Paralegal Office Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Sales Manager Branch Manager
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Project Manager Program Manager
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Contract Attorney Attorney Office Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Senior Manager Marketing Director
Chief Marketing Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Attorney Office Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Compliance Specialist Compliance Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Analyst Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Associate Attorney Senior Associate Assistant Vice President
Manager, Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Attorney Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Compliance Specialist Business Analyst Product Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Associate Attorney Senior Counselor Program Manager
Portfolio Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Analyst Business Analyst Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Real Estate Paralegal Office Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Recruiter
Recruitment Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Account Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Vice President Partner
Senior Partner
8 Yearsyrs
Contract Attorney Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Legal Specialist Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Mandarin

  • Russian

  • Japanese

  • Vietnamese

  • Portuguese

  • Georgian

  • Cantonese

  • Armenian

  • Polish

  • Arabic

  • Greek

  • Korean

  • Hindi

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Real Legal Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Foreign Legal Specialist Baker & McKenzie LLP Chicago, IL Nov 10, 2014 $270,000
Foreign Legal Specialist Baker & McKenzie LLP Chicago, IL Oct 27, 2014 $270,000
Foreign Legal Specialist Baker & McKenzie LLP New York, NY Nov 19, 2015 $250,000
Foreign Legal Specialist Baker and McKenzie LLP San Francisco, CA Sep 15, 2016 $250,000
Foreign Legal Specialist Baker & McKenzie LLP New York, NY Sep 15, 2015 $250,000
Foreign Legal Specialist Baker & McKenzie LLP Chicago, IL Oct 14, 2013 $210,000
Foreign Legal Specialist Baker & McKenzie LLP Washington, DC Sep 01, 2015 $210,000
Foreign Legal Specialist Baker & McKenzie LLP Chicago, IL Sep 14, 2013 $210,000
Foreign Legal Specialist Baker & McKenzie LLP Chicago, IL Mar 25, 2016 $185,000
Foreign Legal Specialist Baker & McKenzie LLP Chicago, IL Mar 05, 2015 $185,000
Foreign Legal Specialist Baker & McKenzie LLP San Francisco, CA Sep 15, 2015 $180,000
Foreign Legal Specialist Baker & McKenzie LLP Chicago, IL Nov 10, 2014 $170,000
Foreign Legal Specialist Baker & McKenzie LLP Chicago, IL Oct 27, 2014 $170,000
Foreign Legal Specialist Baker & McKenzie LLP Chicago, IL Sep 14, 2013 $170,000
Legal Specialist Technosoft Corporation Southfield, MI Jan 20, 2015 $121,347
Legal Specialist Dacheng Law Offices LLP New York, NY Jul 30, 2014 $120,399
Business and Legal Affairs Specialist Xsolla (USA) Inc. CA Sep 23, 2016 $120,000 -
Legal Specialist TMI Associates Silicon Valley Office Palo Alto, CA Oct 09, 2016 $120,000
Foreign Legal Specialist Baker & McKenzie LLP New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $120,000
Senior Legal Specialist Sodexo, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Sep 15, 2016 $120,000 -
Legal Specialist JPI Construction Inc. San Diego, CA Jan 10, 2016 $120,000
Legal Specialist Dacheng Law Offices LLP Los Angeles, CA Nov 01, 2014 $84,273
Legal Affairs Specialist Radiusip, Inc. New York, NY Sep 24, 2013 $83,480
Foreign Legal Specialist Prime Focus North America, Inc. New York, NY Sep 10, 2014 $83,000
Intellectual Property Legal Specialist Hilborne, Hawkin & Co. Irvine, CA Feb 10, 2016 $82,701 -
Intellectual Property Legal Specialist Hilborne, Hawkin & Co. Irvine, CA Sep 23, 2016 $82,701 -
Legal Specialist Pemex Procurement International, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 06, 2015 $81,972
Life Sciences Legal Specialist Us Fairsky LLP San Ramon, CA Mar 10, 2016 $81,393 -
Corporate Compliance and Legal Specialist Aurora Optics Company Inc. NY Sep 30, 2015 $81,286

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Top Skills for A Legal Specialist


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Top Legal Specialist Skills

  1. Legal Documents
  2. In-House Counsel
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained high outgoing volume of legal documents without sacrificing quality.
  • Research and perform internal discovery and present written case analysis to high level business management or in-house counsel.
  • Assisted multiple teams in the review and analysis of various settlement pleadings to ensure compliance and cost objectives were met.
  • Performed strategic case analysis and legal research as needed to defend various cases for multiple teams.
  • Researched all types of financial records, including predecessor institutions.

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