Paralegal

Administration and OperationsAll Practice AreasAustin, TX

Job Description

At K&L Gates, we are looking for smart, imaginative and hard-working people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas to join us.  Perhaps our search for talented visionaries and your search for important and impactful work lead to the same place.

The global law firm of K&L Gates seeks an Immigration Paralegal to join our growing team in Austin.  The Immigration Paralegal supports lawyers and performs a variety of functions that may include factual research, document analysis, and drafting transactional documents, all as directed by the supervising lawyer.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

• Examines, organizes, researches, summarizes, and analyzes information relating to particular questions or to overcome government challenges to create a logical and usable work product

• Investigates factual issues by using a variety of resources, including local libraries, web sites, client repositories, and other outside sources

• Presents results of all projects in effectively written memos, e-mails, or in logical discussion

• Coordinates the storage of client information with the firm’s Records Department

• Maintains all administrative standards set by the firm, including the preparation and submittal of daily time entries, attendance at administrative meetings, and other administrative tasks as assigned

• Utilizes the firm’s software and technology, specifically immigration driven technology

 

EXPERIENCE & SKILLS REQUIRED

• Minimum of two (2) years’ of relevant immigration work experience in the legal field

• Working understanding of the legal terminology specific to the immigration practice group

• Demonstrates proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and the ability to be trained on specific practice group technology

• Possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to express thoughts clearly using proper grammar and appropriate vocabulary; comments are organized and precise; able to describe a set of facts in a clear, organized, unambiguous fashion

• High attention to detail and the ability to follow up on assignments in situations where there is little or no guidance

• Positive, flexible, committed, 'can-do' attitude

• Strong time management skills

• Ability to work independently and meet deadlines in an atmosphere of frequent interruptions; able to structure a system from minimal instruction, and submit a flawless work product

• Critical thinking skills sufficient to make decisions regarding daily work, a willingness to follow instructions, and responsibility to bring all problems, concerns, or discrepancies to the attention of the supervising lawyer

• Remain current in practice area industry trends and in the legal profession

• Use own judgment in decision making to solve problems and achieve business outcomes

• Organize and prioritize own workload and help timekeepers with their organization

• Take the initiative in handling projects and anticipating what needs to be done

• Understand and follow specific and detailed instructions in oral and written form

ABOUT THE FIRM

K&L Gates is a fully integrated global law firm with approximately 2,000 lawyers across five continents. We have experienced dramatic growth in the past decade and now rank among the largest U.S. based law firms in the world.  We take pride in constantly striving for innovation, imagination and an entrepreneurial spirit. We come up with big ideas and then roll up our sleeves to get the job done, guiding our clients through their most complex issues in a variety of industry sectors and across multiple regions of the world.

The industry recognition the firm has garnered in the past five years emanates from the foundation of a global community aligned on behalf of our clients. The people at K&L Gates are committed to working together to create a legacy for each other, the firm, our clients, and the communities in which we serve. We thrive in an inclusive and socially conscious environment that embraces diversity and takes a holistic approach to the career evolution of all our professionals.

To learn what makes us different from other law firms, including our collaborative approach, entrepreneurial spirit, and our commitment to diversity, check out our video, “Grow Your Career at K&L Gates.”

If you agree that we are different from other law firms - and the right place for you to grow your career - please apply for this position.  For more information or to view other job opportunities, please click here to go back to our careers page.

Notice: We participate in E-Verify in certain Firm locations for purposes of verifying employment eligibility.

BENEFITS

We offer a dynamic work environment and excellent benefits.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

The Firm is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the Firm that employment decisions shall be based on merit, qualifications and competence. Employment practices shall not be influenced or affected by virtue of a person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, military status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. This policy governs all aspects of employment including, without limitation, recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotion, assignment and dismissal. In addition, it is the Firm’s policy to provide an environment that is free of unlawful harassment of any kind including, without limitation, that which is sexual, racial, age-related, disability-related or ethnic background-related.