The process of finding an answer to a legal question or checking for legal precedent that can be cited in a brief or at trial is not an easy task, nor is it a task which attorneys generally assign to their legal secretary. One of my greatest assets as a paralegal is my training and ability to utilize traditional primary law resources (i.e., case law, statutes, local court rules, government regulations, etc.) as a stepping block to tackle any legal issue. Now that these resources can be found almost exclusively online, my two-step systematic approach to legal research and pinpointing legal authority allows me to mentally dissect the issues and thoroughly analyze the facts in any case.
Legal secretaries' salary averages $30,000 per year, and seasoned paralegals can cost as much as $60,000 per year. The days of assigning them with extended transcription duties are long gone... when they could be doing something more productive they are trained to do will save you overtime costs and keep your employees from early burnout. An untrained paralegal will take anywhere from 8-10 times longer than the audio file to transcribe. Meaning a 60 minute file will take them 8 hours to 10 hours to complete. Our transcriptionists can do that same file in half the time and we guarantee 99% accuracy. Meanwhile your paralegal can do the things he or she was trained to do and not clock all that extra overtime because they were transcribing for an entire day.