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Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

Service Contract Act Directory of Occupations

29360 Paralegal/Legal Assistant (Occupational Base)

Performs a variety of legal assistance duties in an office providing legal assistance to attorneys or litigation teams.

The paralegal analyzes the legal impact of legislative developments and administrative and judicial decisions, opinions, determinations, and rulings; conducts research for the preparation of legal opinions on matters of interest; performs substantative legal analysis of requests for information under the provisions of various acts; or other similar legal support functions which require discretion and independent judgement in the application of specialized knowledge of laws, precedent decisions, regulations, agency policies, and judicial or administrative proceedings. Such knowledge is less than that represented by graduation from a recognized law school, and may have been gained from formalized, professionally instructed agency or educational institution training or from professionally supervised on-the-job training. While the paramount knowledge requirements of this occupational class are legal, some positions may also require a practical knowledge of subject matter areas related to the agency's substantative programs.