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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.

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  1. Bradley Ryan

    Bradley Ryan

    Project Management | Business Plans | Financials | Consulting

    United States - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 8 - Portfolio: 1

    Strengths and Experience: I have been responsible for the development and growth of a number of businesses and managed projects within these businesses. I have produced financial models and business plans that assisted in securing investments >$500,000 in seed money for small businesses showing little to no revenue. I have managed projects of for start-up companies, political campaigns/fundraisers, educational consultancies and technology companies. I have consulted with businesses in developing alternate revenue sources and strategically planning pivots in business models. I'm happy to chat with you over Skype, Google Hangouts or via telephone if you are based in the United States. I am eager to work on many different types of projects of varying complexity.

    $35.00 /hr
    83 hours
  2. Jaspreet Singh

    Jaspreet Singh

    Patent Research Associate

    India - Last active: 17 days ago - Portfolio: 1

    A Computer Science & Engineering professional who is highly accomplished, quick learner regarded by peers and mentors as an achiever always committed to excellence & looking for new challenges always ready to have knowledge and develop his abilities. Currently working with Texas Instrument as Senior Patent Research Associate. I am responsible for handling day to day activities of the projects. Spearheading the team to deliver good quality reports within deadlines. Coordinating with the QA team to check on project deliverables. Preparing various kinds of reports like Prior-art Search, Patentability Search, Design Search, Invalidity Search, Patent Map and Non-Patent Literature Search. Performing patent searching, patent analysis, patent mapping and report preparation.Utilizing various patent searches Database like IPO, USPTO, EPO, Google Patent, SIPO, PAJ, Patent Scope, Kipris. Handling the projects in subject domains like Electrical, electronics, mechanical and computer related inventions and many other new inventions. I am looking for freelance work in my profile. So any opportunities regarding in the IP or patent field. Please let me know about any work. Thanks & Regards Jaspreet Singh

    $33.33 /hr
    0 hours
  3. Dan W.

    Dan W.

    Strategic and Innovative Knowledge Consultant

    United States - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 5 - Portfolio: 2

    Over the past 7ll succeed in conceptualization, implementation, quality assurance and control, and profitability. Though I specialize in eLearning and Instructional Design, I'm also versed in business analytics, data interpretation and management, financial projections, desktop publishing, and communication. Native English speaker, passionate about its structure and usage. Published author and scholar. Recognized professional in the talent development industry.

    $65.00 /hr
    0 hours
  4. Raven Lee

    Raven Lee

    Legal Researcher, Chinese & English Translator

    Malaysia - Last active: 5 days ago - Tests: 1

    *Achieved 1st place and score 5.0 out of 5.0 in an English-Chinese Translation Test by oDesk !* Currently a Law Student who wish to create some extra income for living and self-support. A legal researcher/author of Legal Articles who currently assisting in doing research and writing of legal articles that publishing in Law Journals. Legal Article published: ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION METHODS AND PROCESSES IN MALAYSIA - A REVIEW [2015] 2 MLJ viii (You may retrieve this article in Lexis Nexis-Malayan Law Journal) A Native Chinese (Mandarin)/Cantonese Speaker who can provide efficient translating services. Proficient in Chinese and English Languages. Able to provide high quality and accurate translation for both directions between Chinese (Traditional or Simplified) and English. Also, I'm conversational in Malay language.

    $15.00 /hr
    8 hours
  5. Christopher Lee

    Christopher Lee

    Experienced Communications Professional Specializing in Non-Profits

    United States - Last active: 08/19/2014 - Tests: 2

    6 years of experience in communications and marketing. Former Associate Director of Membership & Communications at a health care-related membership organization. Currently attending law school for a career change and leveraging my past career skills as a freelancer. Predominately work with health care and other highly regulated industries in marketing their services and benefits to stakeholders and potential affiliate partners.

    $60.00 /hr
    0 hours
  6. Amanda Howard

    Amanda Howard

    Paralegal student with research, writing and document drafting skills.

    United States - Last active: 06/19/2014 - Tests: 3

    Amanda is a paralegal student with aspirations of opening a freelance paralegal business supporting small agriculture in the Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas area. She is currently holding a 4.0 in her studies. She works as a notary and virtual assistant while attending school. She has written blogs, developed and managed websites, taken customer calls, and managed social media pages. She, also, is a member of the Women's Networking Association and is the membership chair.

    $33.33 /hr
    0 hours
  7. Cara Hughes, Esq.

    Cara Hughes, Esq.

    Attorney with Immigration Expertise

    United States - Last active: 07/15/2014 - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 5

    Since I was young, I have found the dystopias of the English canon both terrifying and fascinating. Orwell, Bradbury, Kafka, and Vonnegut: each of their prophetic visions transform over time as if to demand that the reader constantly reexamine their society for the warning signs. Fifteen years after my first encounter with 1984 I continue to examine our society as a policy analyst and writer. For me, it is Huxley’s imagining of a future when the “truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance” that carries the most import. Advances in technology have inundated us with a deluge of information and engagement options. Drawing attention to the important causes of the hour is more difficult than ever before. Aptly, Huxley’s diagnosis of our society also supplied a cure: “Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” This is where I come in: I am a master of words. I have honed the analytical abilities of a lawyer and the communication skills of a writer. I am an established policy analyst with experience in the fields of immigration, environmental justice,human rights, and civil liberties. I am an articulate and adept writer, with the ability to craft compelling arguments on tight deadlines. The culmination of these skills makes me a powerful advocate who can compose forceful and influential campaigns that change hearts and minds. I have spent my life learning to deconstruct words, to discerningly excise their meaning, and then to sculpt them into poignant messages that stand out and inspire change. If you want your organization’s truth to pierce through, send me an email at Specialties: international human rights, refugee and immigration law and policy, LGBTI rights, environmental human rights, writing and editing

    $30.00 /hr
    0 hours
  8. Amy James

    Amy James

    JD, Legal Researcher and Writer

    United States - Last active: 10/01/2014 - Tests: 1

    I have a wide range of experiences to draw from for many different kinds of projects, from drafting legal pleadings to social media campaigns and writing. Following graduation with my B.A. from UT Dallas, I spent four years as a teacher, from 2000-2004, prior to taking time off to start a family. And in addition to having a long-awaited new baby, I was gifted with an experience that changed my outlook on the meaning of my own life and future goals for my career. I became an activist as a result of personal experiences with bad health care and a lack of informed consent for dangerous prescriptions. Thus, my passion is in the area of mental health reform. My work has included lobbying, speaking with the media, working with victims and survivors, writing, researching, graphic design, social networking and public speaking. As a law student at SMU Dedman School of Law, I studied Products Liability, Medical Malpractice, FDA Law, Legislation, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and Litigation. As a Student Attorney in the Criminal Defense Clinic, I represented approximately 80 clients under supervision from a licensed attorney and won my only trial. Since law school I have worked for lawyers on both civil and criminal matters, researching and drafting pleadings for everything from state and federal criminal defense to legal malpractice lawsuits, DTPA cases, breach of contract, tortious interference and real estate cases. My goals for the future include reforming prescription drug law, mental health reform, and working in constitutional law and criminal defense. I am especially interested in working for justice for the wrongfully convicted, including children who have been exploited by the legal system. I have also spent some time helping support moms who want to breastfeed to be able to do so as a volunteer for La Leche League, and educating others on various issues such as circumcision, natural childbirth, and holistic health. Specialties: Lobbying, Media, Social Networking, Writing, Research, Graphic Design, Advocacy Interests: Music, Cooking, Architecture, Photography, Gardening, Travel

    $35.00 /hr
    0 hours
  9. Tom Foulkrod

    Tom Foulkrod

    Business Solutions Consultant

    United States - Last active: 06/28/2014

    Highly accomplished business management professional with extensive experience leading sales/consultants/Subject Matter Experts (SME) teams across multiple industries to execute throughout the entire selling and project/implementation life cycle. Adept at directing and managing all aspects of new projects. Results-oriented team leader and excellent communicator. Proficient at designing time-saving methodologies and solutions to decrease inefficiency.

    $72.22 /hr
    0 hours
  10. Seth Combs

    Seth Combs

    Image Manipulation Editor & Voice Impressionist - PLUS A LAW DEGREE

    United States - Last active: 05/26/2014 - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 1

    I have 2 degrees from Eastern Kentucky University -- a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a M.S. in Safety, Security, and Emergency Management. I just finished (May 2014) my Juris Doctor at Florida Coastal School of Law. ATTENTION: I AM **NOT** (yet) LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW My strong points (at least ones relevant to this venue) are creative and academic writing, research, photo manipulation/editing, and voiceover talent. I can provide prior samples of the first two, but not the latter.

    $11.11 /hr
    0 hours