Paralegal /Legal Assistant


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Paralegal /Legal Assistant (Short)

Paralegal /Legal Assistant

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.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Working with Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Prepare affidavits or other documents, such as legal correspondence, and organize and maintain documents in paper or electronic filing system.
  • Getting Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Prepare legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts, and real estate closing statements.
  • Performing Administrative Activities

About the test (Full Version)

The HR Avatar Paralegal /Legal Assistant Pre-Employment Assessment was designed to help you hire staff in this role. The test provides a whole-person evaluation by measuring job-relevant cognitive ability, personality, knowledge, skills, and relevant behavioral history. Each component provides important data for hiring decisions. Cognitive ability has been linked to overall job performance in most jobs and correlates with a candidate's ability to learn new skills and to solve complex problems. Personality characteristics determine how well the candidate will fit-in with a corporate culture. Knowledge and skills indicate how much training will be needed before a new employee becomes productive. Finally, relevant behavioral history detects counter-productive behaviors that can impact job performance.

The Paralegal /Legal Assistant test includes an animated work simulation in which candidates meet customers, colleagues and supervisors in a job-related context. Post-test surveys indicate the majority of candidates react favorably to these simulations. This test also contains an automatically-scored essay component. Writing is a key skill for many jobs and also demonstrates the ability to generate, organize, and communicate relevant ideas effectively.

The specific attributes measured include:

Cognitive Ability
  • Analytical Thinking and Attention to Detail
  Knowledge and Skills
  • MS Word
  • Typing Speed & Accuracy
  • Writing
  • Adaptability
  • Drive
  • Integrity
  • Resilience
  • Teamwork
  Emotional Intelligence
  • Empathy and Emotional Self-Control
Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure

Following completion, the test produces a Candidate Selection Report that includes an overall score and detailed scores for each attribute. The overall score weighs each of the factors based on research and analysis from the U.S. Government's Occupational Information Network (O*Net). O*Net represents over a decade of dedicated research evaluating the relative importance of various factors that lead to success in almost 1,000 different job roles.

The Candidate Selection Report also provides expert interview questions that help you probe critical or low-scoring areas, along with a guide for noting your evaluation of the candidate's responses. Consistent use of an interview guide is an important part of gaining better candidate insights and making better hiring decisions.

Language:English (US)
Time to Complete:40 Minutes (Approximately)
O*Net SOC Code:23-2011.00
Simulation Context:Medium-Level General Business/Office
O*Net Context:Legal
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2023)
Bottom 10%:
$39,710 or less
Bottom 25%:
$48,180 or less
$60,970 (Average)
Top 25%:
$77,600 or more
Top 10%:
$98,830 or more

Hourly US Wages (2023)
Bottom 10%:
$19.09 or less
Bottom 25%:
$23.16 or less
$29.31 (Average)
Top 25%:
$37.31 or more
Top 10%:
$47.51 or more

US Employment Statistics
2032 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:38,000

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Administrative
  • English Language
  • Law and Government
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Administration and Management
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Personnel and Human Resources
Top Skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Active Learning
  • Judgment and Decision Making
Top Abilities
  • Written Comprehension
  • Oral Expression
  • Written Expression
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Near Vision
  • Speech Clarity
  • Speech Recognition
  • Problem Sensitivity
Education Requirements
High School Diploma:
Post-Secondary Certificate:
Associate's Degree (2 yr):
Bachelor's Degree:
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
3 - 6 Months:
6 Months - 1 Year:
1 - 2 Years:
2 - 4 Years:
4 - 6 Years:
6 - 8 Years:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role whose related work experience before they entered this position falls into each category.

Alternate Titles for this Role: Certified Paralegal, Contract Preparer, Contracts Specialist, Corporate Law Assistant, Corporate Legal Assistant, Corporate Paralegal, Document Processor, Family Law Paralegal, Immigration Paralegal, Intellectual Property Paralegal, Law Associate, Legal Administrative Assistant, Legal Aide, Legal Analyst, Legal Assistant, Litigation Legal Assistant, Litigation Paralegal, Paralegal, Paralegal Assistant, Paralegal Specialist, Real Estate Paralegal, Trademark Paralegal

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