Litigation Support SpecialistJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

The larger a case or litigation is for an attorney or law firm, the more research and data the case requires. This type of situation is where litigation support specialists can shine. 

It’s rare for a single attorney to handle a case, especially one that may be going to trial. Litigation support specialists assist in compiling and checking data and information related to a lawsuit. They also help with technology in the courtroom, assist with presentations, and much more.

Especially in today’s tech-enabled world, litigation support specialists often play crucial roles in high-profile cases and trials. 

Sample job description

Litigation support specialists assist lawyers in litigation support for large, complex cases. They maintain case databases, organize data, and retrieve documents from the database for trial presentations. Litigation support specialists need to have solid communication skills, exceptional organizational abilities, and keen attention to detail. [Your Company Name] is hiring an experienced litigation support specialist to support our legal team in complex matters. If you have experience building and maintaining databases, reviewing legal documents, retrieving records, and developing trial presentation materials, you might be the ideal candidate for this role, so please apply.   

Typical duties and responsibilities

  • Assist in compiling data and preparing for trial
  • Assist in presentations for hearings and trials 
  • Organize and manage files
  • Coordinate resources for projects

Education and experience

This position requires an associate degree or bachelor’s degree in law or a related field. Employers also recommend that candidates get a paralegal certificate.

Required skills and qualifications

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Highly organized
  • Able to manage multiple tasks and projects concurrently
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Preferred qualifications

  • Requires 3 years of experience within a law firm or other professional organization
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite applications including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook, as well as document management and other office technologies
  • Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, or agency rules of assigned practice group/dept

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a litigation support specialist is $69,300 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$68,900$93,250
Los Angeles, California$77,750$105,200
Denver, Colorado$64,800$87,650
Washington, DC$78,950$106,800
Miami, Florida$64,500$87,250
Orlando, Florida$59,500$80,500
Tampa, Florida$60,100$81,300
Atlanta, Georgia$63,050$85,250
Chicago, Illinois$72,450$98,050
Boston, Massachusetts$78,350$106,000
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$62,450$84,500
New York City, New York$82,450$111,550
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$67,150$90,850
Dallas, Texas$65,400$88,450
Houston, Texas$64,800$87,650
Seattle, Washington$75,400$102,000
National Average$58,900$79,700

Typical work environment

Litigation support specialists typically work in office settings, usually in courthouses or law firms. They also spend time in the courtroom. Some may also spend time in the judge’s chambers. Litigation support specialists work normal business hours but often work overtime when working on complex cases. Some law clerks work one or more days a week from home.

Typical hours

A litigation support specialist’s typical work hours can be from 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday in an office setting. However, longer or different hours can be necessary, especially when nearing a deadline. 

Available certifications

Litigation support specialists work in legal settings for law firms or in courthouses. Many institutions offer certifications to help p litigation support specialists develop their skills. Here are some of the best certifications for litigation support specialists: 

  • Certified Legal Professional (CLP). The CLP is designed for lawyer’s assistants who want to advance their skills and knowledge and gain an advantage in their careers. The exam consists of four parts that demonstrate your dedication to professionalism and test your knowledge of legal office skills, the ability to interact on a professional level with attorneys, clients, and other support staff, and a working knowledge of procedural law, the law library, and how to prepare legal documents. 
  • Certified Paralegal (CP). The CP, offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants, recognizes your knowledge in the legal field, your analytical skills, writing abilities, and reading comprehension. The exam has 5 sections. To qualify for the exam, you will need a high school diploma plus 7 years of experience, a bachelor’s degree in any field plus 1 year of experience, or a bachelor’s degree from a bar association-approved paralegal program. The certification must be renewed every 5 years.

Career path

Becoming a litigation support specialist is akin to being a paralegal, and can be an early step toward becoming an attorney. It entails obtaining an associate degree in law or a related field, with a bachelor’s degree typically preferred by employers. Beyond that, a paralegal certificate can help jumpstart a candidate’s career. 

US, Bureau of Labor Statistics’ job outlook

SOC Code: 23-2011

2020 Employment345,600
Projected Employment in 2030387,000
Projected 2020-2030 Percentage Shift 12% increase
Projected 2020-2030 Numeric Shift41,400 increase

According to the Center for Advanced Legal Studies, a growing focus is tech savviness in the litigation support specialist and paralegal realm. Unsurprisingly, with the growth of e-discovery, among other aspects, law firms and other legal employers are looking for staff with strong technology skills. 

Sample interview questions

  • How are you with high volume and a stressful environment?
  • What is your experience working as a litigation support specialist?
  • In what types of law have you worked in?
  • What would you say the most difficult part of supporting the legal team is?
  • Tell me about a time your legal department happened upon a complex case. How did you make a difference in your position?
  • Would you consider yourself a high achiever?
  • What’s the most important aspect of litigation?
  • Do you have any current certifications, or are you planning to receive any?

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