For clients requiring standout Paralegal talent and for Paralegal candidates wanting to work at highly regarded law firms
Are you a candidate actively or passively in the job market, looking to secure or be informed about new opportunities that would complement your experience as a Paralegal? Are you an employer looking for a recruitment agency that will represent you proficiently in sourcing a Paralegal that will genuinely add value?
MJD Recruitment is a specialist recruitment agency with dedicated offices in Sydney and Melbourne who effectively recruit for and assist job seeking Paralegals across Australia. With 60 years of combined experience recruiting in the legal support market, we understand just how imperative it is to find the right Paralegal for your individual and specific role.
Our Managing Director has specialised in the legal industry for over a decade now and has developed some incredible relationships with candidates and clients across this unique sector. His ability to build trust through personalised service with a focus on ‘fit’ as well as skillset has helped solidify our strong reputation.
What We Know About Paralegal Recruitment
Seeking The Perfect Paralegal
We dedicate time and resources ensuring that we are across the ‘best of the best’ Paralegals in the marketplace. Many of the roles that we recruit for are filled with candidates that come via referrals, our networks across the legal industry at so many different levels keep us informed about stand out talent.
Regarded as trusted & knowledgeable advisors, we go beyond recruitment support for our network of candidates. The candidate experience starts with the recruitment agency and receiving career advice from specialists with over 60 years of experience in legal support, builds immediate trust and respect for your brand.
We are incredibly proud to be working with some of Australia’s top tier firms and respected organisations who regard our invaluable insight and real market knowledge when hiring Paralegals. 80% of the clients that we work with are a result of personal recommendations from existing business and career partners. With an adaptable, consultative approach we work alongside internal HR teams and run the entire recruitment process for others.
Seeking The Ideal Paralegal Role
Working alongside intelligent Paralegals and supporting their career goals is a genuine privilege and one that we take seriously – but we also endeavour to ensure that there is an element of enjoyment in the process too! So many of the Paralegals that we have supported over the years have become long term friends, candidates and even clients of the MJD team.
We have long standing relationships with global, national and boutique style firms and organisations and 60 years of collective knowledge about the legal support market – which means we can share with you an intimate knowledge as to why certain organisations, firms or roles might be the right fit for you. We are known for our confidential and proactive introductions on behalf of our candidates, we don’t wait around for a role to be called in, we professionally source suitable opportunities with existing & new prospects.
Our Paralegal network is first to hear about new opportunities before they go to advertising stage, keeping our valued candidates ahead of competition.
With Consultants that are highly experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to the very unique legal support market, we are confident in the advice and support that we give candidates looking to move into the Paralegal role or within similar new.
What We Understand About Paralegals
All are unique and need to be treated that way.
MJD Recruitment's Guide To Hiring A Paralegal
Hiring an experienced paralegal can be difficult. You don’t go through the same process as you would for an entry-level employee; you need to hire someone with a certain amount of industry experience and technical knowledge. The team at MJD Recruitment understand how difficult paralegal recruitment can be, so that’s why we offer our services as a specialist recruitment agency. We’re here to help you find the ideal person to complete your team.
What’s The Difference Between A Paralegal And A Legal Assistant?
Many people use the terms ‘paralegal’ and ‘legal assistant’ interchangeably, but there are distinct differences between the two professions. As specialists in paralegal recruitment in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, the team at MJD Recruitment are here to clear the air and provide some insight into the differences between paralegals and legal assistants.
Paralegals have more technical legal skills.A paralegal works alongside a solicitor to conduct research, draft documents, compile evidence, conduct interviews, attend proceedings, file appeals, and billing clients for their work. A legal assistant fulfils a more administrative role, and while technical knowledge is highly regarded, not as much experience is required.
Paralegals typically have more experience.Paralegal jobs usually require a candidate to have three to five years of experience in the legal industry, whereas legal assistants generally are entry-level positions. However, some firms need legal assistants to have some experience, such as relevant study or internships.
Paralegals need to be qualified.Most paralegals will have undertaken or will be launching a tertiary qualification in law or justice. To carry out their role, they need to have a working knowledge of legal practice. For legal assistants, an understanding of industry jargon is required, but their role is typically more admin-focused, such as drafting correspondence, organising files, and transcribing dictation.
The two roles have different levels of client contact.Paralegals can’t give legal advice, but they are heavily involved in drafting legal documents and explaining what these documents mean to clients. A legal assistant will engage in more administrative contact, taking client messages, scheduling meetings, and collecting information.
How Do MJD Recruitment Find The Right Person For A Role?
Contact MJD Recruitment Today For Paralegal Recruitment
At MJD Recruitment, we have over 60 years of experience in recruitment. We take great pride in our role as a genuine partner to prestigious organisations throughout Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, providing them with the highest quality referrals and recruits for their vacant positions. Likewise, we make sure our candidates feel valued and supported in their journey to find the position that allows them to flourish. If you need help with paralegal recruitment, MJD Recruitment can help.
Contact us today.