Our paralegal program gives you the opportunity to work on challenging and high-profile matters with attorneys who are recognized as leaders in their fields. In addition, you will gain first-hand experience in a dynamic and intellectually stimulating law firm environment. Our program is based in our New York office, where we offer positions in the Litigation and Corporate Departments. We recruit paralegals at selected colleges and universities across the United States. If you are interested in joining Paul, Weiss as a paralegal, please consult your campus careers office to see if your school is a participant.
Whether you are interested in going to law or graduate school or pursuing a career in an entirely different field, the Paul, Weiss Paralegal Program will prepare you for a world of opportunities. Our paralegal program is a great springboard to a career in the law, as well as many other fields, including entertainment, government, nonprofit, financial services and education.
Paul, Weiss is a wonderful place to begin your legal career. Our collaborative philosophy fosters an open-door and open-minded environment, and Paralegals are a part of the social fabric of the firm.
We hire college graduates from a wide variety of majors and diverse backgrounds.
We seek candidates with the following qualifications:
- Strong organizational, interpersonal, communication and writing skills
- Demonstrated leadership skills
- Team-oriented mindset and strong work ethic
- Interest in the legal field, as demonstrated through coursework, extracurricular activities, or jobs and internships
- Minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA upon graduation
Litigation Paralegal Opportunities
Paul, Weiss’s Litigation Department has been at the center of nearly every major litigation in recent years, handling cases that will shape financial markets, corporate boardrooms and society for years to come. We litigate in virtually every area of the law with core strengths in bet-the-company litigation, critical regulatory and white-collar defense and restructuring.
Litigation paralegals assist lawyers in all phases of the litigation process, from the discovery period through trial and post-trial findings and appeals.
Your responsibilities will include:
- document organization and production
- conducting factual research
- preparing for and attending depositions
- preparing for and attending trials
- acting as liaison among various internal departments, as well as with outside agencies
Corporate Paralegal Opportunities
Our transactional lawyers have guided a blue-chip array of global clients on some of the most highly publicized M&A transactions of our time. The firm also has a world-class, market-leading private equity practice, representing some of largest and most well-known alternative asset managers, whether hedge funds or private equity firms. We also work with entrepreneurial clients, guiding them through their development into established companies.
Corporate paralegals assist lawyers in all stages of corporate transactions and with the preparation of documents necessary to comply with federal, state and local regulations.
Your responsibilities will include:
- assisting in the preparation of all documents required to form business entities, including corporations, not-for-profit organizations, partnerships and limited liability companies
- assisting in the preparation of documentation for amendments, withdrawals, mergers and acquisitions and dissolutions of corporations and partnerships
- supporting lawyers in the preparation of SEC filings related to securities offering and responding to the requirements of the Securities Acts of 1933 and 1934 filings
- working with lawyers in the preparation for, and closing of, various corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and IPOs
Pro Bono Service
Paul, Weiss has a rich pro bono tradition, ranging from working with Thurgood Marshall in desegregating our nation’s public schools to advancing LGBT equality by winning the Windsor case in the Supreme Court. We encourage our attorneys and paralegals to get involved with pro bono representation of individuals and groups that would not otherwise have access to justice.
Read more about Paul Weiss’s commitment to pro bono work
Training & Mentoring
Upon arriving at the firm, you will attend a week-long orientation, which includes training seminars conducted by associates, firm management and senior paralegals. The training sessions will cover what you need to know to be an effective paralegal and how to support your practice group.
You will have a mentor to guide you in your first few months at Paul, Weiss. They will provide you with advice and feedback on your first assignments and will help you acclimate to the firm.
Paul, Weiss offers competitive salary and benefits, including:
- Paralegals are eligible for up to 15 vacation days and three elective days per year (pro-rated in your first year)
- Paralegals have the opportunity to receive a year-end, merit-based bonus
- We offer reimbursement for the cost of enrolling in a graduate school exam prep course (i.e., LSAT, GRE, GMAT and MCAT) of up to $1,000
- We offer reimbursement for the cost of a single graduate school examination
- We offer a $2,500 interest-free relocation loan which is paid back through payroll deductions
- Paralegals are eligible to participate in the firm’s 401(k) plan as well as its medical plan, starting on their first day of employment
- Paralegals receive overtime pay and meal and transportation allowances when working overtime
- Paralegals can take advantage of monthly wellness stipends