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Legal Researcher

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Undertakes in-depth research into any aspects of the law in support of a company or individual.

Job Outlook

There were 5 Legal Researcher job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 552 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Researcher / Research Associate industry, which includes the Legal Researcher career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Legal Researcher jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $55,595.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $51,700.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Legal Researcher postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $38,223.

Education and Experience

Posted Legal Researcher jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree9%
Bachelor's Degree32%
Master's Degree28%
Doctoral Degree31%
Other0%

Posted Legal Researcher jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years48%
3 to 5 years44%
6 to 8 years3%
9+ years5%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Legal Researcher positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Research (95%)
  • Detail-Oriented (40%)
  • Writing (40%)
  • Communication Skills (38%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (25%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Legal Research (93%)
  • Westlaw (13%)
  • LexisNexis (13%)
  • Legal Documentation (13%)
  • Litigation (12%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Criminal Justice (13%)
  • Legal Document Composition (10%)
  • Data Entry (9%)
  • Memoranda Preparation (9%)
  • Data Analysis (8%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Business Research (5%)
  • Intellectual Property (4%)
  • Proofreading (4%)
  • Legal Writing (3%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Memoranda Preparation (9%) – marginal value $2,721
  • Legal Analysis (2%) – marginal value $2,250
  • Intellectual Property (4%) – marginal value $2,116

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Legal Researcher skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Research Specialist
  • Court Researcher Must Reside In
  • Research Attorney
  • Research Assistant

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Legal Researcher jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Sjv Data Solutions (46)
  • Superior Court California (14)
  • University of Maryland (11)
  • Lowers Risk Group Llc (9)
  • Lowers Risk Group (7)

North Carolina

  • North Carolina Department Of Justice (1)
  • Fox Rothschild Llp (1)
  • Katten (1)
  • North Carolina State University (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!

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