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Career and Education Opportunities for Legal Assistants in Montana

Montana has a population of 974,989, which has grown by 8.07% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Treasure State," its capital is Helena, though its most populous city is Billings.

There are currently 620 working legal assistants in Montana; this should grow by 28% to 800 working legal assistants in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for legal assistants are expected to grow by about 28.1%. Legal assistants generally assist lawyers by researching legal precedent, investigating facts, or preparing legal documents.

Legal assistants earn about $15 per hour or $33,190 yearly on average in Montana and about $22 per hour or $46,120 yearly on average nationally. Incomes for legal assistants are not quite as good as in the overall category of Administration and Support in Montana, and better than the overall Administration and Support category nationally. Jobs in this field include: labor and employment certified paralegal, legal analyst, and closing agent.

In 2008, there were a total of 651,425 jobs in Montana. The average annual income was $34,622 in 2008, up from $33,927 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Montana was 6.2% in 2009, which has grown by 1.6% since the previous year. Roughly 24.4% of Montana residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Montana include agencies, brokerages, and other insurance related activities, automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores, and third party administration of insurance funds/plans. Notable tourist attractions include the Peter Yegen Jr Yellowstone County Museum, the Museum of Women's History, and the Western Heritage Center.

CITIES WITH Legal Assistant OPPORTUNITIES IN Montana


JOB DESCRIPTION: Legal Assistant

Legal Assistant video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, legal assistants assist lawyers by researching legal precedent, investigating facts, or preparing legal documents. They also conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.

Every day, legal assistants are expected to be able to read and understand documents and reports. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they see details at a very fine level of focus.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Montana include:

  • Court Reporter. Use verbatim methods and equipment to capture, store, and transcribe pretrial and trial proceedings or other information. Includes stenocaptioners who operate computerized stenographic captioning equipment to provide captions of live or prerecorded broadcasts for hearing-impaired viewers.
  • Lawyer. Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, and manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
  • Paralegal. Assist lawyers or judges by researching or preparing legal documents. May meet with clients or assist lawyers and judges in court.
  • Title Examiner. Search real estate records, examine titles, or summarize pertinent legal or insurance details for a variety of purposes. May compile lists of mortgages, contracts, and other instruments pertaining to titles by searching public and private records for law firms, real estate agencies, or title insurance companies.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Montana

Montana
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Montana has a population of 974,989, which has grown by 8.07% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Treasure State," its capital is Helena, though its most populous city is Billings. In 2008, there were a total of 651,425 jobs in Montana. The average annual income was $34,622 in 2008, up from $33,927 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Montana was 6.2% in 2009, which has grown by 1.6% since the previous year. Roughly 24.4% of Montana residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Montana include agencies, brokerages, and other insurance related activities, automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores, and third party administration of insurance funds/plans. Notable tourist attractions include the Zoomontana, the Museum of Women's History, and the Moss Mansion Museum.