Lawyers are the professionals who solve all the legal problems of a person; they use all their knowledge of the law in order to avoid a person for being punished by the justice. In order to do this, a lawyer needs to collect a variety of documents and information which can be later used as evidence. Since lawyers do not have a lot of time due to the several cases they have at the same time, the function of collecting this information is done by: Ancillary legal professionals.
An ancillary worker at any field provides help to the person who carry out the main activities. It means that they assist lawyers. There are several specializations of ancillary legal professionals, some of the most popular are:
- Legal aid workers
- Legal clerks
- Legal secretary
- Paralegal, etc.
Whatever the specialization you have, to start a career as an ancillary it is necessary to have some legal knowledge. A high schools diploma is a must, as well as a certification of the specialization you have. For example, if you want to be a legal secretary, you will need some preparation in this field. However, to become a paralegal, it is necessary to have a two-year or four-year program from an accredited institution. Having a bachelor degree (four-year program) will give more opportunities to enter to a large firm than having an associate degree (two-year program).
As it is know there are several types of lawyers (prosecutor, criminal defense, corporate, civil litigations, divorce, family, etc.), it is another aspect to be considered during the preparation of ancillary legal professionals, because you will need to have different knowledge and to develop different skills, according to the type of lawyer you work for.
The salary of ancillary legal professionals depends on the function they perform, for example:
- Paralegals, the starting salary for these professionals is about 30 thousand dollar per year, on the other hand, professionals with more than 5 years of experience can earn around 40 to 50 thousand during the same period of time.
- Legal secretaries, they can make around 30 000 to 50,000 per year. The salary of these professionals depends a lot on two things: the type of firm and the state, in the USA the estate which pays the most is California.
- Legal clerks, their salary depend of several aspects, the type of organization where they work, the qualifications and the working experience. For example, the salary of the recent graduate workers with excellent qualifications does not exceed the 30 thousand per year while the ones which do not have certification degrees, do not earn more than 20 thousand. Workers with several years of experience receive an annual salary of about 36 thousand per year.
Law is a very difficult field, there is a lot of competition and for this reason it is important for you to be well-prepared. However, having excellent qualifications is a plus and you have to show them. And the only way to let the employer know about your qualifications is trough your resume. Here we provide some resumes samples which you can use as models to create one for your own. You must write your resume in the most detailed manner; proofread many times to make sure that it doesn’t sound too vague.