Online Legal Research Assistants & Legal Secretaries

Get Your Legal Research Project Started Today!

Post your legal research project on Upwork and find professional legal researchers who can search through relevant sources of law, legislation and legal documentation to support your court case. These experienced assistants can search for patents and trademarks among legal research websites and databases; provide you with a different legal research methodology or law practice management software; and gather information about your case, from product history and origins to medical tests and sales statistics. You will also find intellectual property experts who can perform competitive research and determine whether patent, trademark, or copyright infringement has been committed against your company or website.

Legal research refers to the task of finding and gathering information necessary to support a legal case. On Upwork, the world’s largest online workplace, lawyers and law firms hire talented legal researchers and assistants — who may have professional experience in corporate law, criminal law or patent law — to conduct thorough legal research about workplace policies, consumer rights, or specific regulations. They can also draft legal documents, write detailed reports, or prepare presentations — including case studies, statutes, law reviews, or reviewing ethic and moral aspects of a subject.

Browse Legal research job posts for project examples or post your job on Upwork for free!

Legal research Job Cost Overview

Typical total cost of Upwork Legal research projects based on completed and fixed-price jobs.

Upwork Legal research Jobs Completed Quarterly

On average, 124 Legal research projects are completed every quarter on Upwork.

124

Time to Complete Upwork Legal research Jobs

Time needed to complete a Legal research project on Upwork.

Average Legal research Freelancer Feedback Score

Legal research Upwork freelancers typically receive a client rating of 4.70.

4.70
Last updated: May 1, 2015
More options
Clear all filters
  1. Muhammad Amjad

    Muhammad Amjad

    Compliance (AML) & Fraud Investigator - Legal Researcher

    France - Last active: 4 days ago - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 1

    Four years of strong experience in anti-money laundering regimes including FATF, EU AML Directives, Swiss FINMA, Belgian CTIF-CFI, US Patriot ACT, UK AML regimes SOCA & NCA, Traitement du Renseignement et Action Contre les Circuits Financiers Clandestins (‘TRACFIN’) French Regulatory authority, E-money industrial compliance, internal regulatory frameworks, solid experience in fraud investigations, legal research, drafting, evidence reviewing, corporate documentation, document analysis, Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), business acumen, multi-lingual with near native level in English, fluent French, and excellent report writing skills in English, with a publication at an EU institute.

    $83.33 /hr
    20 hours
    5.00
  2. André G.

    André G.

    Lawyer specialized in Intellectual Property Law

    Portugal - Last active: 17 days ago - Tests: 2

    André Rodrigues is a Intellectual Property Law expert based in Lisbon, Portugal. He works exclusively with IP matters since 2006, having accumulated over 4000 hours of consulting in this field. Experience working at a law firm and a IP Consulting firm.He has a Master's Degree in Intellectual Property Law (Madrid, Spain). Admission at the Portuguese Bar Association. André Rodrigues specializes in the following areas of Intellectual Property Law: - Trademarks - Patents - Copyright - IP litigation, registration, and licensing - Law Research - Intellectual Property Strategies - Licensing Agreements - Software/ Mobile App Licensing Agreements

    $77.78 /hr
    117 hours
    5.00
  3. Demetrece W.

    Demetrece W.

    Paralegal-Writer-Researcher

    United States - Last active: 11 days ago - Tests: 7 - Portfolio: 4

    While working within the legal environment I have managed projects, paralegals, and departments. Other experience includes working on mass litigation cases involving hundreds of clients as well as assisting the solo attorney grow their practice. In addition to managing cases and law offices, I have assisted in the training of first and second year lawyers in the practice of law. My writing experience consist of drafting legal pleadings ranging from complaints, trial briefs, appeals briefs, agreements, and other various and routine legal documents within the law office/department. These writings were utilized in bankruptcy, civil, criminal, administrative, governmental agency, and corporate law areas. Additional writing experience includes writing self-help legal articles in the areas of bankruptcy, civil, family, worker's comp, and tax law. My experience also includes working with individuals in preparing legal documents to present to the court, with or without an attorney. Additional experience includes document review for pre-litigation and discovery purposes, and legal research using LexisNexis and Westlaw to determine the viability of legal arguments. Once the document review and research was completed, I prepared motions and memorandum for the assigned attorney to review for submission to the respective court, whether federal or state. As a paralegal with such diverse attributes and skills, I can assist any person ranging from a law firm looking to outsource work, to the individual or business owner looking to lower their cost, as well as the solo attorney who needs to contract work to achieve their budgeted goals. For more information visit www.demetrecetheparalegal.com

    $35.00 /hr
    242 hours
    4.66
  4. Timothy Wake

    Timothy Wake

    Legal Consultant / Barrister (unregistered)

    United Kingdom - Last active: 2 months ago - Tests: 1

    I am a lawyer working for a law firm in Brighton and specialise in Commercial, Contract, Landlord and Tenant, Employment, Aviation, Family, IP and Criminal Law. Expert in contract and agreements, intellectual property and company / business law litigation, employment and international law. I can also represent clients in the Employment Tribunal. Business start-ups, business advice and legal documents examined, amended or drawn up. I also regularly practice in giving general advice in all common law fields including Crime, Family Law, Employment and Personal Injury. My work is of the highest calibre and very efficient. I am available for a conference via Skype or to be instructed by email.

    $55.00 /hr
    11 hours
    5.00
  5. Sean H.

    Sean H.

    Pennsylvania Attorney, MBA graduate

    United States - Last active: 18 days ago - Tests: 2

    I am a licensed Pennsylvania attorney with my law degree from a nationally ranked law school in Pennsylvania. I have worked with numerous clients (individuals and companies) on various legal tasks including but not limited to drafting and reviewing contracts, legal research, preparing motions and assisting in the creation and setting up of businesses. I am a skilled legal researcher and writer. I have the ability to effectively and efficiently draft memorandums and other legal documents to satisfy my clients needs. I have also earned my MBA from an accredited university and have a firm grasp of the business world. I have working knowledge of Microsoft Office and can also use Google to effectively research when needed.

    $50.00 /hr
    61 hours
    4.94
  6. Kelley A.

    Kelley A.

    Paralegal - 11 Years of Clerical, Research, Data Entry & Microsoft Exp

    United States - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 9

    Over the past eleven years I have worked in the legal field and in an office setting. I completed my Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies in 2006 where I was on the Honor Roll and Dean's List. Throughout college I worked as the Assistant to the Dean of Education and interned at various law firms. Throughout my experience in law offices and with the Court, I have become proficient in all Microsoft Office Applications, Customer Service & Customer Relations, research, data entry, email handling, accounts receivable and accounts payable, preparing legal documents and correspondence, reviewing and formatting legal documents and I type 75 correct words per minute. Currently, I am looking for part time work that I can do on the weekends and/or in the evening. I am confident in my ability to effectively communicate and successfully complete tasks a Freelancer with little to no instruction and with a very fast turn around time. Thank you very much in advance for your time and consideration.

    $9.76 /hr
    64 hours
    5.00
  7. Jeri B.

    Jeri B.

    Government Capture Manager, Proposal Writer, Researcher

    United States - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 9

    I am an experienced project manager, proposal writer / RFP writer, researcher, writer, auditor, and analyst with a niche service in government consulting and capture. My content areas are varied and wide and as an analyst and researcher, I'm experienced at adapting and building on past frameworks. A NOTE ABOUT SUCCESS RATE: In government proposal writing, many oDesk clients discover they do not meet minimum qualifications for government proposals. When this happens, the proposal can't be submitted. I have been ending these projects and we have these options: job completed successfully; job completed unsuccessfully; or other reason. I have been coding these as "other reason" and also providing a rather detailed explanation assuming oDesk was reviewing. Unfortunately, the 'other reason'--a client's INABILITY to meet minimum quals has equated to what appears to be my failure. NOT THE CASE. I have asked oDesk to review and revise but if past is prologue, this will never happen. Here is a direct response to oDesk criteria that clients can not see but that is reflected on the freelancer's screen: - public and private feedback - a near perfect record - successful completion of work - 100% of work that can be completed - client complaints - 100% recommendation level - responsiveness levels - more than 99.5% (the rest is unknown) - missed deadlines - 0 - disputes - 0 - long term client relationships - 20% oDesk repeaters. 5, 3-year old non oDesk repeat clients GOVERNMENT CONSULTING AND PROPOSAL WRITING I've directly consulted and advised government since 1995, either within government, or in a national management consulting firm. I take all the skills at my disposal: analysis, research, audit, writing--to provide best practice solutions. I have worked as a project director, project manager, and team lead, conducting activities, writing and editing reports, developing work and audit plans, and all served as a practice area proposal coordinator while remaining 87% billable. I've helped businesses pursue government work since 2006. I utilize advanced PM practices to sequence activities based on priority, and condensed from the Shipley process. If you seek government proposal work, I'll ask that you respond to the following: 1. Are you new to this sector? 2. What service do you provide? 3. Who are the potential clients? 4. Has the deadline for questions passed? 5. Do you have prior proposals that will be available to me? 6. If a SME is needed, will you provide? 7. Do you meet minimum qualifications? Do you know what minimum qualifications are? 8. How successful have you been in the public sector? 9. Are you able to start providing information within 48 hours? 10. Do you recognize that almost all facts and content must be complete five days before submission? 11. Are you a client of a client? CONTENT AREAS: ambulance billing, airport operations, automated passport control (APC), economic development, education (K-12, IHE), electronic health records (EHR), electronic medical records (EMR), electronic patient care reporting (ePCR), franchise operations, health level seven (HL7), labor, lean six sigma, government, legislation, public safety, SAAS, statutory research, theory of constraints, trades, transportation, workforce. PROJECT MANAGER (OPERATIONS, NOT I.T.) I've been an operational project manager since 1995. I've developed full-blown work plans, communications plans, and status and final reports. I currently use two PM software applications. RESEARCHER I've been a researcher since 1991. This skill enabled me to pursue work as a yellow-book auditor because both are based on documented facts. My research is independent, fact-based, and very often collaborative. WRITER I've been a professional writer since 1995, to include press releases, summaries, white papers, reports, proposals, RFP's, and more. AUDITOR and ANALYST I am a trained performance auditor with documented experience. This type of auditing is specific to processes and data. Within this category is cost accounting. I've been an analyst since 1995, analyzing performance, revenue, budget, and so much more. *********************************************************** TERMS: Just a note about my RATES--the rate that I bid reflects the 10% transaction fee. My rate ranges are: $25 - $35: government capture and research; business research $35 - $50: proposal coordination and writing $50 - $75: government business development and capture. Please note that a full-time employee that provided this service would range from $45 - $100 per hour with indirect costs. If you pay me $27.78 per hour, this is my net: 27.78-2.78=25.00 1st net less employment tax, social security, medicare, and health insurance (for a total of $8.83) for a 2nd net of $15.17. So, hopefully you can quickly realize the value you receive in hiring a freelancer over an employee. I only accept hourly work with new clients and I also recognize the value of repeat work and will reflect that during rate discussions. * My rates are flexible depending on the perceived need, so please provide as much information as possible. * I don't work for commission. * I don't work set hours unless I have the capacity. Should you wish more of an employee arrangement, where you set the hours and dictate how the work should be done, please contact oDesk Payroll, and I am pleased to consider that option. * I don't work for clients of other clients. Have your client contact me directly. ***********************************************************

    $27.78 /hr
    656 hours
    4.94
  8. Kimberly Moss

    Kimberly Moss

    Transactional Attorney

    United States - Last active: 11 days ago - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 1

    Kimberly Moss is an attorney based in Sugar Land, Texas who enjoys working with clients who need real world solutions to real world problems. She proudly represents individuals and businesses in a variety of legal concerns. Service to individuals: oil and gas lease negotiations, divorce, estate planning, consumer debt resolution, and mineral lease negotiations Service to businesses: drafting contracts, prosecuting collections, protecting the interests of high profile litigants, and advising in matters of state and federal securities regulations Certified Mediator Certified Guardianship Attorney Admitted to U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas

    $36.67 /hr
    56 hours
    4.95
  9. Justin Howe

    Justin Howe

    Legal Services Professional

    United States - Last active: 13 days ago - Tests: 1

    Licensed Oregon attorney here to assist individuals and small businesses with their legal needs. I can provide information regarding labor problems, contract disputes, tax and environmental issues, business torts, IP disputes, the business formation process and organization papers, and applying for nonprofit status. I am a skilled researcher and am dedicated to upholding the integrity of the profession. Any information I provide will be in clear, concise plain language without all the legal jargon. NOTICE and DISCLOSURE: The information in or provided through this website is for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Each legal issue is different and the information contained on here may not apply to your case. The information listed on this website is not intended to create, nor does the transmittal of information constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Online readers should not rely on this information without first seeking the independent advice of a professional. This site is merely for informational purposes and is not intended to advertise or solicit legal services.

    $50.00 /hr
    2 hours
    5.00
  10. Nikolaos Anagnostakis

    Nikolaos Anagnostakis

    Business & Legal Consultant - Independent Diplomat

    Greece - Last active: 12 days ago - Tests: 7

    After many years working nine to five I decided to become a freelancer. My last job was in New York working for the United Nations. Creativity and imagination can not be deployed in an environment that follow rules and standard patterns. If you want to make difference, you have to fail and try again until you make it happen.

    $111.11 /hr
    0 hours
    5.00