Corporate Legal Departments
Many corporations have their own legal departments. These departments handle matters ranging from contract negotiation to regulatory compliance to real estate transactions to supervision of litigation. A lawyer with the title of “General Counsel” usually heads the corporate legal department. This lawyer often supervises a staff comprised entirely of paralegals. Larger corporate legal departments may be organized along the same lines as a large law firm. Paralegals in these jobs may draft business documents, analyze financial records, or oversee the maintenance of required corporate records. These positions offer high salaries, good benefits, and regular hours.
The corporate paralegal often works directly with a division or department of the corporation. For example, a paralegal may work closely with the quality assurance department when working on a product liability case, and work with finance and accounting employees when dealing with a merger proposal.