Job Description

San Luis Obispo Paralegal Job Position

Are you a paralegal looking to work in a fast-paced, friendly environment in San Luis Obispo? The personal injury attorneys at James McKiernan Lawyers have been representing injured people throughout the California Central Coast for more than 40 years, and we are looking for a responsible paralegal to join our team.

The position includes good pay and benefits such as health insurance. Our office may consider a position for part-time work as well.

If you think you would be a good fit, send your resume to

Paralegal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Organize and maintain documents in an electronic or paper filing system
  • File pleadings with the court clerk
  • Prepare legal correspondence, briefs, affidavits, contracts, and other documents
  • Investigate facts, search public records and other sources, and help prepare cases
  • Meet with lawyers, clients, and other professionals to discuss case details
  • Call on witnesses to testify at hearings
  • Gather and analyze decisions, statutes, legal articles, documents, codes, and other data
  • Coordinate and direct law office activities, including delivery of subpoenas


Paralegal Skills and Qualifications

  • An associate degree in paralegal studies or certificate of completion from an ABA-approved paralegal certification program
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to function in a busy, team-oriented environment
  • Office administration experience

Additional Info

Paralegal Job Position FAQs

What Is a Paralegal? What Does a Paralegal Do?

Paralegals are professionals trained to help lawyers in a variety of legal capacities. Among other tasks, paralegals draft legal documents, conduct research, manage cases, and work with clients.

Do Paralegals Need a Degree?

In California, paralegals need a certificate from a program approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and either one year of training under the supervision of a licensed attorney if you have a bachelor’s degree or three years of supervised experience if you only have a high school diploma.

What Is the Difference Between a Paralegal and a Lawyer?

Paralegals have less training than lawyers. While they do a lot of work to help lawyers prepare for cases, paralegals cannot represent clients or go to trial.

Is a Paralegal a Legal Professional?

Yes. While paralegals are not the same as lawyers, they are still considered legal professionals.

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