Paralegal Resume Keywords and Skills (Hard Skills)

Here are the keywords and skills that appear most frequently on recent Paralegal job postings. In other words, these are the most sought after skills by recruiters and hiring managers. Go to Sample Templates ↓ below to see how to include them on your resume.

Remember that every job is different. Instead of including all keywords on your resume, identify those that are most relevant to the job you're applying to. Use the free Targeted Resume tool to help with this.

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  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing
  • Legal Advice
  • Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Legal Document Preparation
  • Paralegals
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  • Westlaw
  • Trials
  • Pleadings
  • Litigation Support
  • Document Review
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • LexisNexis
  • Family Law
  • Mediation
  • Document Drafting
  • Appeals
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

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Resume Skills: Software

  • Westlaw
  • LexisNexis
  • CEB OnLaw
  • LegalTrac
  • Casetext
  • Pacer
  • Bloomberg Law
  • AbacusLaw
  • CaseMap
  • Clio
  • Xakia
  • Amicus Attorney
  • Zola Suite
  • CALR
  • LegalFiles
  • WestLaw
  • RELX
  • Quicklaw
  • Zylpha
  • FactBox
  • MyCase
  • Legal Files
  • MS Office (Word, Excel, PPT)
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Resume Skills: Office Suite

Resume Skills: Business

Resume Skills: Legal Research & Drafting

Resume Skills: Techniques

Resume Skills: Languages

Resume Skills: Document Management

Resume Skills: Others

Resume Skills: Research

Resume Skills: Administrative

  • Calendar Management
  • Client Communication
  • Database Management
  • Document Preparation
  • Editing/Proofreading
  • Scheduling
  • Filing
  • Dictation
  • Transcription
  • Client communication
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Resume Skills: Other

Resume Skills: Microsoft Office Suite

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Sample Paralegal Resume Examples: How To Include These Skills

Add keywords directly into your resume's work experiences, education or Skills section, like we've shown in the examples below. Use the examples below as inspiration.

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Your Name
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded January 2021 - Present
Senior Paralegal
Streamlined document review processes, resulting in 32% efficiency improvement and saving an average of 15 hours per week
Formulated legal arguments for 10+ successful appeals, showcasing deep understanding of appellate law
Initiated the use of Westlaw for legal research, enhancing case accuracy by 45%
Conducted litigation support that led to winning 94% of the commercial litigation cases over 2 years
Conceptualized and drafted key pleadings which expedited 18 major court decisions significantly May 2018 - December 2020
Negotiated favorable terms in 40+ mediation meetings, saving clients an estimated $2M in potential legal costs
Document drafting for 200 cases in corporate law, reducing senior attorneys' load by 25%
Prepared detailed documentation for personal injury law cases leading to a win-rate of 87% in 2020
Nike June 2016 - April 2018
Junior Paralegal
Synchronized and maintained LexisNexis database for seamless legal research, improving access to case information by 60%
Led document preparation process on labor and employment law cases resulting in 20 successful defense verdicts
Recommended refined legal advice to 30+ clients on their legal rights and obligations
Resume Worded Academic Center May 2016
Master’s of Law (LLM) - Intellectual Property Law
Conceptualized and drafted thesis on 'Application and Limitations of Intellectual Property Rights in Digital Age'
Resume Worded University June 2013
Bachelor of Law (LLB)
Specialization in Corporate Law
Member of the Debate and Moot Court Society
Legal Research & Drafting: Legal Briefs, Memoranda, Corporate Contracts, Intellectual Property Agreements, Arbitration Agreements, Pleadings
Software: LexisNexis, WestLaw, Pacer, Clio, MyCase, Legal Files, MS Office (Word, Excel, PPT)
Techniques: Case Management, Client Interviews, Evidence Gathering, Legal Research, Fact Investigation, Deposition Summaries
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Fluent), French (Basic)
Certifications: Certified Paralegal (American Association for Paralegal Education - 2015), Regulatory Compliance Certification
Volunteering: Pro Bono Legal Counsel - Neighborhood Legal Clinic (2016 - 2019)
Projects: Successfully steered a pro bono case of victims of corporate pollution, resulting in a $1M settlement
Your Name
Legal Assistant
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded January 2019 - Present
Lead Legal Assistant
Coordinated all aspects of trial preparation for 50+ high-stakes trials, contributing to a success rate of 91%
Automated document drafting procedures using the latest software, resulting in 40% faster turnaround
Facilitated successful litigation support for complex civil litigation, securing client victories in 92% of cases
Performed detailed legal research employing Westlaw, reducing research complexities by 35%
Implemented a new system for managing pleadings, increasing their quality and acceptance rate by 50% August 2016 - December 2018
Legal Assistant
Collaborated in the preparation of 30+ family law cases, with successful outcomes 97% of the time
Anticipated attorneys' needs by proactively streamlining document review, reducing case delays by 25%
Played a key role in 10+ appeals procedures, with a favorable judgment rate of 80%
Starbucks January 2014 - July 2016
Junior Legal Assistant
Assisted in drafting legal advice for corporate law issues, resulting in a 15% drop in legal violations
Handled litigation support, contributing to the team's victory in 60% of all litigated cases
Resume Worded University May 2013
Juris Doctor
Concentration in Business Law
Award: Top 10% of Class
Resume Worded Academic Center May 2011
Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies
Graduated Cum Laude
President of the student Legal Society
Legal Research Tools: Westlaw, LexisNexis, Casetext, Pacer, Bloomberg Law
Document Management: Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat, Google Docs, FilePro, Upland FileBound
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Advanced)
Others: Legal document preparation, Trial preparation, Client files maintenance, Confidentiality protocols, Evidence gathering
Certifications: Certified Legal Assistant, National Association of Legal Assistants (2016)
Continued Education: Continuing Legal Education Seminars – Contracts and Civil Law(2018), Ethics in Law (2017)
Leadership & Volunteering: Pro Bono Legal Assistant, Local Legal Aid Office (2015 - Present)
Projects: Organized the annual legal career fair at Resume Worded University (2013)
Your Name
Legal Clerk
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded February 2017 - Present
Senior Legal Clerk
Contributed to a 70% win rate in commercial litigation cases by providing strong litigation support
Implemented legal writing measures that enhanced clarity and credibility in pleadings by 45%
Led the legal research team to accurately prepare 50+ comprehensive criminal appeals
Systematized the document review processes, improving review efficiency by 30%
Produced detailed reports on 150+ personal injury law cases resulting in $3M in settlements for our clients June 2013 - January 2017
Legal Clerk
Provided legal advice support related to family law, aiding in client satisfaction increase by 20%
Navigated LexisNexis for quick and accurate legal research, resulting in 40% faster resolution of cases
Drove the documentation process in critical labor and employment law cases, leading to successful defense in 70% of them
Apple March 2011 - May 2013
Junior Clerk
Coordinated with the paralegal team in document drafting tasks, contributing to a 25% increase in case win rate
Assisted in managing trials and appeals cases, leading to a 30% increase in case efficiency
Resume Worded Institute June 2010
Master's in Law - Specialization in Business Law
Graduate with Distinction
Resume Worded University May 2008
Bachelor of Laws - LL.B
Top 10% of the class
Participated in National Level Moot Court competitions
Legal Research Software: WestLaw, PACER, LexisNexis, RELX, Bloomberg Law, Casetext
Office Suite: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google docs
Other Skills: Document Review, E-Discovery, Legal Correspondence, Office Administration, Drafting Legal Memos
Certifications: Certificate in Business Law, Resume Worded Institute (2015), Certified Legal Researcher
Volunteering: Volunteered at legal aid clinics, assisting low-income individuals with basic legal advice (2012-2014)
Presentations & Seminars: Presented on 'The Application of Law in Technology' at Annual Law Conference, 2017
Your Name
Bankruptcy Paralegal
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE July 2018 - Present
Senior Bankruptcy Paralegal
Streamlined the Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing process, slashing document review times by 40% through lexicon-based text filtering
Spearheaded a team of junior paralegals to reduce outstanding bankruptcy case backlog by 35% in a quarter
Deployed PACER for research and record collection, reducing legal documentation errors by 20%
Resume Worded January 2016 - June 2018
Bankruptcy Paralegal
Organized and filed over 100 Chapter 13 bankruptcies, recording zero procedural errors
Drafted and filed motions and pleadings with a 95% acceptance rate using Best Case software
Utilized Westlaw to conduct comprehensive and accurate legal research, increasing case resolution speed by 15%
Morgan & Morgan February 2014 - December 2015
Junior Paralegal
Assisted in drafting litigation support documents, leading to a 20% increase in case dismissals
Enhanced team productivity by creating an efficient system for legal document preparation and filing using LexisNexis
Resume Worded University June 2013
Master of Laws (LL.M) in Bankruptcy Law
Specialized courses in Corporate Finance and Bankruptcy Proceedings
Resume Worded University May 2011
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B)
Concentration in Business Law
Elected Student Body Representative
Legal Research: Westlaw, LexisNexis, PACER, Bloomberg Law, Legal Research, Legal Writing
Software: Microsoft Office (Advanced), Adobe Acrobat Pro (Proficient), Best Case Bankruptcy Software (Proficient)
Document Management: E-filing, Document Drafting, Pleadings, Document Review, Due Diligence, Case Disposition
Tasks: Client Interviewing, Case Management, Legal Compliance, Debt Settlement Negotiation
Certifications: Certified Paralegal, National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)
Publications: Co-authored 'Navigating the Complexities of Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: A Practical Guide'
Professional Affiliations: Member, National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA)
Volunteer Work: Legal Clinics Volunteer, offering Pro Bono services in Debt Settlement
Your Name
Legal Assistant
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resolution Legal Group June 2017 - Present
Bankruptcy Paralegal
Facilitated the processing of 150+ chapter 7 bankruptcy cases per year, helping the firm improve case overload by 30%
Implemented PACER system for legal research, improving document accuracy by 50%
Provided insightful legal advice, instrumental in winning 80% of litigation cases January 2015 - May 2017
Legal Secretary
Increased office efficiency by 25% through the digitization of 10,000+ legal documents
Trained 15 new hires on legal document drafting and review, reducing errors by 30%
Managed and updated legal subscriptions including Westlaw and LexisNexis, expanding firm resources by 40%
Greenberg Traurig June 2013 - December 2014
Legal Administrative Assistant
Coordinated and prepared materials for 30+ client meetings per month
Managed the efficient filing of pleadings, reducing misfiled documents by 60%
Resume Worded Institute February 2020
Certified Paralegal Study Program
Specialized in Bankruptcy Law Certification
Resume Worded University May 2013
Bachelor of Law - Legal Studies
Minors in Business Administration and Economics
Dean's List 2012 (Top 10%)
Certifications: Notary Public, State of New York (2021)
Volunteering: Legal Aid Society (Volunteer Legal Assistant, Elder Law Project, 2017-Present)
Professional Affiliations: National Federation of Paralegal Associations (Member since 2015)
Continuing Education: Annual Bankruptcy Law Update Seminar (2018-Present), Legal Ethics Course (2019, 2020)
Your Name
Legal Secretary
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded May 2016 - Present
Legal Assistant
Leveraged legal writing skills to draft successful motions leading to a 70% case win rate
Expedited 80 Chapter 13 bankruptcies using Best Case bankruptcy software, reducing case turnover time by 30%
Conducted extensive legal research using Westlaw and PACER that contributed to 40 successful litigation defenses
Bristow & Sutor Solicitors January 2014 - April 2016
Effectively reviewed 5000 pages of discovery, contributing to a 20% increase in case win rate
Assisted in the drafting of pleadings, motions and other court documents, leading to 35 successful case resolutions
Implemented an effective system for document drafting and preparation reducing error rates by 40%
Morgan, Brown & Joy September 2012 - December 2013
Administrative Assistant
Managed and organized legal documentation for 150+ cases, significantly improving case management efficiency
Resume Worded Institute Jan 2014
Certificate in Legal Secretarial Skills
Specialization in Legal Clerkship, Notary Procedures
Resume Worded University May 2012
Bachelor of Administrative Services
Minor in Business Administration
Honors: Cum Laude (Top 10% of class), Dean’s List 2010, 2011, 2012
Legal Research & Writing: Westlaw, LexisNexis, Legal billing software
MS Office Suite: Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Access
Document Management: Adobe Acrobat Pro, FileSite
Other: Notary Public, Typing (75 wpm), Data Filing and Record Keeping
Certifications: Certified Professional Secretary (CPS)
Courses: Advanced Legal Technology Course - Berkeley Extension
Volunteering: Legal Advisor for Community Service Center (pro bono)
Projects: Designed and implemented digital filing system at Bristow & Sutor Solicitors, improving document retrieval time by 30%
Your Name
Litigation Specialist
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE May 2020 - Present
Senior Litigation Specialist
Formulated effective cost containment strategies leading to 25% cost savings in claims expenses
Streamlined litigation management processes, reducing cycle time by 30%
Led a team of 10 junior specialists in civil litigation cases resulting in 15% court victories
Devised innovative mediation strategies leading to amicable resolutions in over 132 suit files
Spearheaded a complete revision of legal research methodologies, leading to a 35% increase in performance efficiency
Resume Worded January 2018 - April 2020
Litigation Specialist
Coordinated and managed over 150 case files, achieving a 98% success rate in claims management
Transformed claims investigations process, leading to a 45% increase in fraud detection
Implemented property & casualty insurance principles to expertly manage over 100 case files
Resume Worded Academic Center April 2020
Certification in Advanced Legal Process Management
Awarded ‘Top of the Class’ for exceptional performance, knowledge and application of advanced legal processes
Resume Worded University December 2017
Juris Doctor (Law Degree)
Majored in Business Law and Litigation
Received ‘Outstanding Student Award’ for high academic achievement
Software Tools: Microsoft Office Suite, Legal Files, Fastcase, Clio, Lexbe eDiscovery, Salesforce
Legal Research and Compliance: Fraud detection, Risk Assessment, Regulatory Compliance, GDPR, Information Governance, Legal Hold Management, e-Discovery Practices
Litigation Related: Explaining Legal Terms, Trials, Discovery Process, Negotiation, Mediation, Arbitration, Settlement Agreements
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Conversational)
Certifications: Certified Litigation Management Professional (CLMP)
Awards: ‘Best Litigation Specialist’ award by Resume Worded, 2019
Volunteering: Provide pro bono legal services to underserved communities through the Legal Outreach Program
Memberships: Member, National Association of Litigation Management Professionals
Your Name
Claim Specialist
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE March 2021 - Present
Senior Claim Specialist
Enabled 30% of claims to reach amicable settlements through hands-on mediation and arbitration
Revamped claim investigation processes resulting in a 20% increase in fraud detection
Lead training sessions for newly hired claim specialists, increasing team productivity by 18%
Resume Worded August 2019 - February 2021
Claim Specialist
Managed a team of five junior claim specialists, achieving a 50% reduction in claims processing time
Successfully negotiated subrogation claims worth $500,000
Increased efficiency in liability investigations by 30%
Maintained a 98% success rate in personal injury law cases
Resume Worded Institute March 2021
Certified Professional in Claims Management
Awarded after completion of intensive coursework and passing comprehensive exam
Resume Worded University June 2019
Master of Business Administration - Risk Management & Insurance
Specialized in Risk Management & Insurance, Focus on business strategies and policy analysis
Claims Handling: Claims Investigation, Negotiation, Reporting, Documentation, Settlement
Software & Tools: Claims Management Software (CMS), Microsoft Office Suite, CRM systems, ImageRight, ClaimCenter
Legal & Compliance: Insurance laws, Regulations Compliance, Contract Interpretation, Compliance Audits
Risk Assessment: Risk identification, Risk evaluation, Hazard assessments, Risk control strategies
Certifications: Associate in Claims (AIC), Associate in Management (AIM)
Leadership: Coordinated a team of junior claims specialists, structuring work plans and setting performance targets
Training: Completed industry-specific training programs on claims and insurance
Volunteering: Mentor at Claim Your Future, providing career guidance to aspiring insurance professionals
Your Name
Legal Specialist
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Allstate Insurance June 2021 - Present
Senior Legal Specialist
Reduced legal costs by 40% through effective litigation strategies
Spearheaded property damage compensation claims, saving the company $2 million
Lead a team of legal executives, achieving a 95% success rate in legal liability cases
Liberty Mutual Insurance January 2019 - May 2021
Legal Specialist
Implemented commercial litigation strategies leading to $1 million in company savings
Conducted 50+ successful legal research endeavors, earning commendation from the senior management
Managed over 70 arbitration cases leading to a 90% success rate
Resume Worded University May 2018
Master of Laws (LLM) - Business Law
Studied legal principles of commercial situations, litigation, corporate law
Resume Worded Institute November 2018
Certified Contract Management Practitioner
Learned about best practices in Contract management, procurement, and negotiation
Legal Research: Legal Research, Contract Law, Litigation, Negotiation, Employment law, Mediation
Legal Software: Relativity, CaseMap, Westlaw, LexisNexis, Legal Tracker, e-Discovery software
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Advanced), French (Intermediate)
Office Tools: Confluence, JIRA, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat, SharePoint
Awards: National Award for Excellence in Legal Services (2020), Recognized in 'Top 10 Legal Counselors' by Association of Legal Services (2019)
Professional Associations: Member, National Contract Management Association (2018-present), Member, American Bar Association (2016-present)
Publications: Authored Legal Bulletin Article: 'Comparative Analysis on dispute resolution processes' (2019)
Professional Development: Attended 2020 American Legal Summit, Completed 'Navigating Corporate Law' seminar by the National Law Society (2019)
Your Name
Litigation Paralegal
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded January 2019 - Present
Senior Litigation Paralegal
Directed civil litigation case preparation leading to outstanding resolutions, reducing case turnaround time by 25%
Spearheaded document drafting process saving company $100K in outsourcing expenses
Implemented LexisNexis for legal research, increasing case comprehension by 30%
Expertly managed complex commercial litigation cases, shortening dispute resolution period by 15%
Successfully advised attorneys in personal injury law scenarios, boosting win-rate by 20%
Thompson Coopers Law Firm May 2015 - December 2018
Litigation Paralegal
Headed litigation support, leading to 35% improvement in team efficiency
Optimized Westlaw database for case document review, enhancing case management processes by 40%
Drafted top-notch corporate law documentation, increasing client retention by 20% March 2012 - April 2015
Performed meticulous property law research, boosting litigation success rate by 10%
Persuasively mediated diverse client cases, achieving a 75% amicable resolution rate
Resume Worded University April 2012
Master of Laws (LL.M) - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Cum Laude, Top 7% of the class
Resume Worded Academic Center February 2012
Paralegal Certification
Completed with top scores, Awarded 'Best in Legal Research' by faculty
Legal Research: LexisNexis, Westlaw, Pacer, Casemaker, Fastcase
Document Management: Concordance, Relativity, HotDocs, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Litigation Support Tools: CaseMap, TimeMap, TextMap, TrialDirector
Certifications: Advanced Certified Paralegal (ACP) – Litigation
Memberships: Member, American Association for Paralegal Education
Volunteering: Pro Bono Legal Aid, Community Law Seminar Organizer
Projects: Developed a comprehensive digital filing system for tracking case progression
Your Name
Senior Litigation Paralegal
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE February 2017 - Present
Lead Litigation Paralegal
Spearheaded case management process improvement, saving the firm upwards of $200K annually
Piloted a novel trials methodology, cutting trial preparation time for attorneys by 20%
Orchestrated legal document preparation, improving regulatory compliance by 60%
Managed credit hire litigation processes, leading to an increase in positive outcomes by 35%
Enhanced legal writing training programs, reducing clerical errors by 50%
Baker McKenzie July 2014 - January 2017
Senior Litigation Paralegal
Pioneered implementation of LexisNexis in firm's case research thus enhancing research output by 45%
Devised case protocols for civil litigation, reducing case turnover period by 30%
Dramatically improved legal advice transparency, achieving 95% client satisfaction score
Linklaters LLP April 2011 - June 2014
Litigation Paralegal
Managed legal research for a team of 5 senior attorneys, increasing their productivity by 25%
Accelerated document review processes, improving resolution rate of commercial litigation cases by 40%
Resume Worded University June 2010
Master of Laws (LLM) in Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Top 10% of the Class
Resume Worded Institute June 2008
Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Specialized in Civil Litigation
Recipient of the Litigation Excellence Award
Litigation Software: Concordance, Relativity, CaseMap, Time Matters, LexisNexis, Westlaw
Legal Research & Analysis: Legal Drafting, Case Analysis, Due Diligence, Depositions, Discovery Processes, Compliance Review
Management Skills: Project Management, Staff Supervision, Workflow Coordination, Stakeholder Communication
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Professional Proficiency)
Certifications: Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS), Certified Paralegal (CP)
Professional Associations: Member of The American Association for Paralegal Education, Metropolitan Paralegal Association
Pro Bono Work: Provided pro bono support to Lawyers for the Arts, Represented indigent clients in civil cases
Honors & Awards: Recognized as Paralegal of The Year by in 2018, Baker McKenzie Excellence Award in 2016
Your Name
Lead Paralegal
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded March 2020 - Present
Paralegal Team Lead
Facilitated streamlining of Westlaw operations, resulting in 60% faster document review processes
Boosted dispute resolution efficiency in high-stakes personal injury law cases by 25%
Led strategic document drafting efforts, enhancing legal writing quality significantly
Delivered expert legal advice to attorneys in complex commercial litigation cases, contributing to a 40% win rate increase
Managed paralegal team responsible for property law deals, enhancing deal executions by 70%
Pinsent Masons July 2016 - February 2020
Senior Paralegal
Implemented efficient case management for corporate law cases, decreasing time to resolution by 30%
Provided mediation for contentious litigation cases, achieving 80% peaceful resolutions
Coordinated precise drafting of legal documentation, ensuring 100% regulatory compliance
Clifford Chance LLP May 2011 - June 2016
Gathered process-specific data for litigation support, reducing overall case handling time by 20%
Contributed to trials planning, resulting in a 15% uptick in successful outcomes
Resume Worded University March 2020
Certified Paralegal Specialist
Awarded after rigorous theory and practice examinations
Resume Worded Academic Center April 2011
Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Corporate Law
Focused studies on Employment Law, Commercial Law, and Intellectual Property
Graduated with Merit
Legal Research Tools: LexisNexis, Westlaw, Pacer, Clio, Legal Files, Abacus Law, PracticePanther
Document Management: Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), Google Docs, Adobe Acrobat, Concordance
Project Management: Asana, Trello, Jira, Airtable
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Proficient), French (Intermediate)
Awards & Honors: Employee of the Year (Pinsent Masons, 2018), Most Efficient Leadership (Resume Worded, 2021)
Volunteering & Leadership: Pro Bono Legal Advisor, Community Legal Centre (2012-Present), Mentor, Young Lawyers' Club (2016-Present)
Seminars & Training: Effective Team Management (2019), Advanced Negotiation Skills (2017), Corporate Law Annual Update (Annual since 2015)
Membership: American Bar Association, National Association of Legal Assistants

How do I add skills to a Paralegal resume?

Review the job posting closely.

Go through the Paralegal posting you're applying to, and identify hard skills the company is looking for. For example, skills like Legal Document Preparation, Civil Litigation and Westlaw are possible skills. These are skills you should try to include on your resume.

Add industry skills like Legal Writing and Litigation.

Add other common skills from your industry - such as Paralegals, Legal Advice and Legal Research - into your resume if they're relevant.

Add skills into your work experience.

Incorporate skills - like Trials, Commercial Litigation and Appeals - into your work experience too. This shows hiring managers that you have practical experience with these tools, techniques and skills.

Show your conflict resolution skill set.

It's important to show hiring managers your ability to resolve conflict, whether that's in your previous Paralegal roles or other experiences.

Use the exact job title.

Try to add the exact job title, Paralegal, somewhere into your resume to get past resume screeners. See the infographic for how to do this.

Word Cloud for Paralegal Skills & Keywords

The following word cloud highlights the most popular keywords that appear on Paralegal job descriptions. The bigger the word, the more frequently it shows up on employer's job postings. If you have experience with these keywords, include them on your resume.

Top Paralegal Skills and Keywords to Include On Your Resume

Paralegal Soft Skills

Here are common soft skills that appear on Paralegal job postings. Unlike hard skills, which refer to tools, software or techniques, soft skills focus on character traits and interpersonal skills. Instead of listing these phrases on your resume, try to show them through your bullet points like in the examples below.

  • Teamwork

Tip: Do not list these words or phrases on your resume, and instead focus on the hard skills we described above.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What skills should you put on a Paralegal resume?

Some effective Paralegal skills you can add to your resume include:

  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing
  • Legal Advice
  • Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Legal Document Preparation
  • Paralegals
  • Westlaw

How do resume skills compare between a Bankruptcy Paralegal and a Real Estate Paralegal?

Popular skills we often see on resumes for Bankruptcy Paralegal positions include:

  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Legal Advice
  • Legal Research
  • Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
  • Legal Writing
  • Litigation
  • Paralegals

In comparison, skills we see on Real Estate Paralegal resumes include:

  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Real Estate
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Title Insurance
  • Closings
  • Foreclosures
  • Investment Properties
  • Corporate Law

What are good resume skills to include for different Paralegal roles and job titles?

Depending on the specific role you apply to, you may need to emphasize different skill sets. Here are a few examples:

  • Bankruptcy Paralegal: Bankruptcy Law, Legal Advice, Legal Research, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy and PACER
  • Paralegal Assistant: Legal Writing, Legal Document Preparation, CACS, Westlaw and Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Paralegal: Intellectual Property, Patent Prosecution, Trademarks, Patent Law and Prosecution
  • Litigation Paralegal: Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Document Drafting and Paralegals
  • Real Estate Paralegal: Real Estate Transactions, Real Estate, Commercial Real Estate, Title Insurance and Closings

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