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SlideShare Friday:  9 Trends Impacting Paralegals

SlideShare Friday  9 Trends Impacting Paralegals

The ABA Journal recently reported compensation for paralegals is on the rise with managerial positions in law firms earning just under $80 per hour.  The average hourly rate earned however, was substantially less, running between $34 and $37 per hour.  According to the data, paralegals at law firms tend to earn slightly more than those working for corporate legal departments.

While the publicly available reports on the study make no mention as to the causes, in our perusing of legal content, we stumbled on a SlideShare presentation by attorney John N. Zarian of the law firm Parsons Behle & Latimer that may provide some insight.

The presentation titled New Paradigms and Legal Industry Trends Affecting Paralegals is dated February 20, 2014 and indicates it was created of the Idaho Association of Paralegals. The presentation is embedded nearby.

9 Trends that Impact Paralegals

In the presentation Mr. Zarian identifies nine key trends that are effectively shaping, and perhaps creating new opportunities, for paralegals. While he provides greater detail in the presentation on each trend, the nine identified are:

1. Technology & Software. Also see: Paralegal viewpoint on Law School and Legal Tech

2. E-Discovery.

3. Social Networking.

4. Changing Law Firms. Also see: 4 Ways Tech is Changing Small Law

5. Virtual Law Firms. Also see: Virtues of Virtual Law with Stacey L. Romberg

6. Globalization & Outsourcing.

7. Alternative Billing Models. Also see: 10 Authentic Tips for implementing AFAs in Legal Billing

8. New/Growing Practice Areas.  Also see: The Latent Market for Legal Services

9. Changing Work Force. Also see: Law2023: Seven Technology Opportunities for the Future of

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What trends would you add?  We’d love to hear from the paralegal community.

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About Frank Strong

Frank Strong
Frank Strong is the communications director for the LexisNexis software division located on NC State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh. In this capacity, he leads communications efforts in support of software products for law practice and law department management and also litigation tools – across large law, small law and corporate counsel segments. With more than 15 years of experience in the high-tech sector, Strong previously served as director of public relations for Vocus, which developed marketing, PR and media monitoring software. He has held multiple roles both in-house with corporations, ranging from startups to global organizations, and has also endured the rigors of billable hours, having completed gigs at PR firms including the top 10 global firm Hill & Knowlton. A veteran of two year-long deployments, Strong has concurrently served in uniform in reserve components of the military for more than 20 years, initially as an enlisted Marine and later as an infantry officer in the Army National Guard. Strong holds a BA in Film and TV production from Worcester State University, an M.A. in Public Communication from American University, and an M.B.A. from Marymount University. He is a PADI-certified Master Scuba Diver and holds a USPA "B" skydiving license.
Gary Puntman
Gary Puntman

I didn't know there were so many different trends going on.  It seems like technology and social networking are really changing all types of fields.  I can imagine that this is impacting them in both positive and negative ways. http://www.allcountylegalprep.com