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There is a good demand for paralegals, and no previous training nor certification is typically required. Positions are available at law firms, nonprofit organizations, and government departments.
In your cover letter and resume, emphasize skills employers will be seeking: organizational, writing, research, and analytical; and an ability to learn quickly and multi-task.
Some employers that have hired recent Cornell graduates are Coudert Brothers; Cravath, Swaine & Moore; the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office; and the U.S. Department of Justice. Check out the Career Services Library and online resources, including Cornell Handshake, to identify other prospective employers.
Additional resources for researching opportunities for paralegals include:
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CataLaw is the catalog of catalogs of worldwide law on the Internet. It aids legal research by arranging all indexes of law and government into a uniform, universal and unique metaindex.
The FindLaw Lawyer Directory features detailed profiles of attorneys from across the United States.
- Hieros Gamos: A Comprehensive Site to the Legal Profession
HG.org was one of the very first online law and government information sites. It was founded in January of 1995 by Lex Mundi, a large network of independent law firms. The objective of HG.org is to make law, government and related professional information easily accessible to the legal profession, businesses and consumers.
- NALP Directory of Legal Employers
A comprehensive and free solution for researching legal employers throughout the United States.
- NALP Prelaw Portal
NALP, the Association of Legal Career Professionals, is an organization made up of legal employers and law school career professionals. NALP — its staff, leaders, and members — collectively know a whole lot about the world of lawyer jobs. This portal was designed by NALP volunteers to help prelaw advisors and students in the US learn more about the legal employment market.
- National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)
NALA is the nation's leading professional association for paralegals. As a non-profit organization, NALA provides continuing education and professional development programs for paralegals - from novice to experienced professionals.
- National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. (NFPA)
Your destination for exciting Legal job opportunities and the best resource for qualified candidates within the Legal Industry.