Proskauer’s paralegals work side by side with our lawyers to produce high quality legal services. With more than 90 paralegals, our program, managed by Claudia A. Alston, Director of Paralegal Services, maximizes efficiency and quality for our lawyers and their clients, contributing to the firm's reputation for superior client service. Our paralegals come from diverse backgrounds and top-ranked schools, including Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, Brown, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, University of Michigan, New York University, Northwestern, Brandeis, Johns Hopkins, Rice and Washington University in St. Louis. They are problem solvers and team players who take pride in their work product and complete projects efficiently and cost effectively.
In order to provide the best service to our clients, our paralegal program is structured in a three-tiered system:
Project Assistants are recent college graduates who are looking to gain exposure to the legal field before attending law school. They possess excellent written and oral communication skills, critical thinking abilities and are detail oriented. These qualities allow them to effectively support lawyers and more senior paralegals on a wide range of projects and tasks with appropriate supervision.
Mid-level Paralegals have worked one to five years in a law firm environment. They have knowledge and experience in their practice area, and work independently to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines for both lawyers and senior paralegals.
Senior Paralegals have at least seven years of experience in a legal environment and possess extensive knowledge and thorough understanding of their practice area. They assume important roles on complex projects and coordinate activities among legal teams. They also provide training, mentoring and professional development opportunities to more junior paralegals.
Senior and Mid-level Paralegal positions are filled only when an opening becomes available. We do not review or retain unsolicited applications.
Hiring: Project Assistant Program
Each year, we hire and train a class of entry-level Project Assistants in our New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, DC offices. We seek candidates with strong academic backgrounds who wish to learn about the practice of law prior to attending law school. Candidates must be willing to make a two-year commitment and be available to work the hours required by a leading law firm (including evenings and weekends). Successful candidates will be placed in specific practice areas based on the firm's needs:
Corporate Project Assistants assist lawyers and senior paralegals in a wide range of practice areas, from Mergers & Acquisitions and Sports Law to Capital Markets and Private Investment Funds. They are involved in all stages of corporate transactions, coordinating pre-closing and post-closing items such as filings, due diligence, document organization and lien searches, and assisting with corporate entity formation. They also gain exposure to regulatory issues by working with our lawyers on SEC filings and audit letter requests.
Labor and Litigation Project Assistants work with lawyers and senior paralegals on all phases of the litigation process, from the initial complaint to document discovery, depositions, expert discovery, trial preparation and post-trial/appeal. They organize documents and coordinate document productions, conduct various document searches and factual research, assist lawyers with preparation of pleadings and filings, organize and prepare witness materials, digests and related documents for lawyer review, prepare for and attend depositions and trials, and maintain case files and document databases.
Training & Mentoring
We are deeply committed to training and professional development opportunities for our paralegal staff. Each year, the firm holds a formal weeklong training program for its entering class of Project Assistants to introduce practice area-specific knowledge/skills and help them successfully transition to the law firm environment. We also regularly schedule workshops to introduce new technology and services and provide skill development.
Candidates must meet the following requirements and skills to be considered for the 2013 Proskauer Project Assistant program:
2013 or 2014 graduate from a four-year college with a B.A. or B.S. degree
Available to work considerable overtime when required including evenings and weekends
Attention to detail and organization
Ability to work well under pressure and handle multiple simultaneous tasks efficiently
Excellent interpersonal skills and written and oral communication skills
Ability to work effectively in a team environment
Able and willing to make a two-year commitment
Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
We will begin accepting applications for the 2014 Project Assistant Program in Mid-January. Please check back then for further details.