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Legal Officers & Paralegals

Descriptions & Duties

  • Legal Officers & Paralegals carry out a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including investigating facts, conducting legal research, and drafting legal documents. They also perform support functions in courts of law or in law offices, and provide services related to legal matters. They are responsible for: investigating facts, cases of law, and conducting research on relevant laws, regulations, and legal articles; arranging meeting with clients and other professionals to discuss details of cases; preparing and drafting correspondence and legal documents including trial briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills and contracts; gathering evidence and other legal documents for case preparation obtaining affidavits and other formal statements that may be used as evidence in court documenting court proceedings and judgements; filing exhibits, briefs, appeals and other legal documents with the court; organising and maintaining documents in a paper or electronic form supporting lawyers during trials by handling exhibits, taking notes, or reviewing trial documents.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity

 

Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required

 

Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology

 

Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required

 

Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking

 

Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required

 

Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression

 

Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time

 

Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion

 

Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required

 

Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making

 

Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required

 

Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently

 

Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required

 

Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources

 

Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required

 

Trade Specific Competencies

Legal knowledge

Legal Officers & Paralegals must have legal knowledge to conduct legal research.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • normally have a diploma in legal studies, or professional diploma for legal executives, or a bachelor's degree in law or equivalent

Experience

  • usually have at least one year of experience in law firm or in-house legal department in multinational companies

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $15,000-$40,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$70,000

Monthly Salary $30,000-$90,000

Monthly Salary $70,000-$160,000

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 8-26

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 27-33

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 34-39

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.
http://www.csb.gov.hk/english/admin/pay/952.html

Work Environment

  • Legal Officers & Paralegals usually work regular office hours. They usually work in offices. They must be able to work on multiple projects under tight deadlines.

Tools

  • Optical character recognition systems - Optical character recognition equipment

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