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Sarah S.

Sarah S.

Legal research, Article writing

United States - Tests: 4

Thank you for taking an interest in my profile. I graduated law school in 2008 with a goal of becoming a civil litigator, possibly in family law, although I was very interested in criminal and immigration laws, too. I was willing to enter any legal discipline when I experienced a near fatal stroke that left me unable to walk or speak clearly. None of my memories or cognition were compromised. I am able to do anything online, but I cannot speak clearly over the telephone. If an employer prefers to speak with me over the phone I can talk, but regular phone contact with clients is not possible. I am willing to work through the night if you require a fast turnaround time, but ordinarily I require about three days depending on the complexity of the issue. Working at home is easiest for me because I cannot drive or do many of the other things that are required to work outside of the home. I have recently decided I have not just lost everything; I have a great education and mind and I owe it to myself to use it. Just because I cannot pace back and forth giving a closing statement does not mean I should do nothing. My dreams are less grand than they were before, I want to be proud of my work and I want my employers to be satisfied. I will work as hard as I can because I want to begin working as soon as possible and cultivate long term relationships where possible with employers. I have unrivaled honesty and integrity; I am very proud of those qualities so I will never submit work that I am not proud to call my own.

72% Job Success
$22.22 /hr
3 hours

Jonathan S.

Jonathan S.

Licensed Attorney - Legal Research & Writing

Malawi - Tests: 1

I have a history of working under pressure, so my clients can expect a professional experience with plenty of communication and no hassle. Currently an expat living abroad, which means I have all the time needed to focus on your project. My goal is providing reasonable cost for extraordinary product. In my time as a freelance attorney, I have successfully completed research and writing projects encompassing trusts, bankruptcy, contracts, general civil issues and both state and federal criminal law. I have also written original content for criminal defense websites, and written terms of use, privacy policy, and non-disclosure agreements for emerging websites and businesses. Full time subscription to Lexis Advance as well as Lexis National Forms.

96% Job Success
$50.00 /hr
53 hours

Emerson Cruz

Emerson Cruz

Hardware Technical Support // Paralegal Research

El Salvador - Tests: 10 - Portfolio: 3

Years of experience providing hardware tech support for US and Latam customers in English and Spanish therefore able to translate text with more accuracy, handle emails and documents, data bases also sales (placing and processing orders). Experience with two important companies Dell and Stream Global Services, Oriented to provide solutions and deliver excellent results. I´m the kind of person who likes to do things right at fist attemp even if that requieres an extra effort. As lawyer in my country I practice law and understand commom law system so I can translate texts to spanish with real native sense and legal meaning if requerired, also technologic-computer related texts, of course I translate to English too. As paralegal I have experiencie submitting legal petitions to US gov agencies (FOIL/FOIA) Im very use to work under metric parameters. I enjoy the work not because it´s funny but because you can feel proud when you do it right I am always available for a hire test so you can see the great results I can provide you

100% Job Success
$8.89 /hr
1,489 hours

Rachel Meldrum

Rachel Meldrum

Legal and Academic Proofreading Specialist

United Kingdom - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 2

I am a 26 year old Scottish law graduate. My legal education is invaluable to me when I am proofreading as it has given me the fine attention to detail skills required to accurately pinpoint mistakes in writing. My writing experience enables me to grasp a better picture of what the writer is trying to portray when I am proofreading which in turn allows me to easily make the writing flow. I have wide-ranging proofreading experience, across a variety of topics and formats. I have also successfully completed several legal writing and website content projects. I have a TEFL course (120 hours) from Chiang Mai University. I have experience teaching both children and adults. I also have online teaching experience, both through a company and private students. I am passionate about teaching English and find it immensely rewarding. Teaching Experience: Sunshine Kindergarten May 2015-Present K1 Teacher Dara Academy September 2014-Match 2015 Grade 1 English Teacher DMA 1on1 July 2014-October 2014 Online English Teacher CHIANG MAI UNIVERSITY LANGUAGE INSTITUTE 2013-MAY 2014 ESL Teacher Courses Taught: -English for Lawyers - English course for first year LLB students. -Academic English- 4 skills English course for Masters students aiming to study abroad. -TOEIC - Teaching Chinese University students in Thailand on a one year exchange for a business English exam. -Conversation – All levels (High School and University Students) -Cambridge FCE Examination

95% Job Success
$16.67 /hr
90 hours

Elaine K.

Elaine K.

Let my experience in legal writing and research work for you.

United States - Tests: 7

I have the experience and the professionalism to accomplish any assignment I accept. I am a Certified Paralegal with willingness and ability to do exhaustive research, resulting in a quality document or policy production. I am a fast learner and willing to take direction or work independently. I am intelligent and intuitive I have a Bachelor's In Political Science, emphasis Pre Law and a Masters degree in Secondary Education, which allowed me to teach social studies, which covered a variety of subjects and interests, one of which was editing a community newspaper my graphic design class produced every week.

74% Job Success
$17.78 /hr
2,006 hours

Steve D.

Steve D.

Legal Research and Writing

United States - Tests: 2

I am a law student who is available to conduct legal research and writing assignments on your behalf. I provide the attorneys with the following: -Research federal and state case law utilizing LexisNexis on any legal issue. -Copies of cases and statutes cited in support of the main issue. -Copies of Motions and Briefs similar to your client's situation. -Template Motions relevant to your client's situation. - Precedent in any specific jurisdiction. -Treatises on specific areas of law. -Locate legal authority to support an argument. -Analysis to assist you in forming your own opinion. Tell me what you're looking for, and I'll find it. Thanks for your consideration!

$20.00 /hr
78 hours

Rachel V.

Rachel V.

Experienced Editor, Proofreader, Translator, and Researcher

United States - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 1

As an individual pursuing a law degree while maintaining my roots in language studies, I have perfected the diagnosis of issues relating to organizational all the way to punctuation. I have been editing and proofreading professional and academic papers, articles, books, project proposals, and correspondence for diverse businesses throughout work and academic history for five years. My degrees include English and French double majors, with a background in Linguistics, and I am currently pursuing a legal education. In my work, you will find that I have an analytical mind and a keen eye for details that contribute to the success of communicating complex ideas clearly and concisely. It is my goal to use my talents to transform writing, enhance the image of sentences, and bring simple words on a page to life to achieve your goals. My edits are guaranteed to be highly effective.

77% Job Success
$15.00 /hr
27 hours

Joseph Craig

Joseph Craig

Proficient Writer, Editor and an Expert in Legal Research

Canada - Portfolio: 1

I am a freelance copywriter who will take your idea and transform it into fresh, compelling content. Everything is written by me personally - so your content will be original, captivating and delivered on deadline. I am a native English speaker with a strong command in English literature and several years experience teaching grammar to adults from all over the world. I have a Bachelor of Laws(LLB) degree from University of Toronto, hence I can easily assist with any legal research work. I care about the details and will write your copy with perfect grammar and my own personal, creative touch. I have first-rate editing skills, a firm grasp of SEO and marketing principles, and can work under pressure. If you have the vision, I have the words for it!

80% Job Success
$16.67 /hr
58 hours

John K.

John K. Agency Contractor

All legal research/writing, and bankruptcy/debt protection

United States - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 21

Ivy League Graduate, legal writing/research; litigation services; bankruptcy prep; Degrees: J.D., Univ. of Pittsburgh Law School, 1971; B.A., Univ. of Pennsylvania, 1967. Many years private practice, with extensive experience in research and writing all subjects, practice specialties in torts, employment discrimination lawsuits, bankruptcy, and protection from creditors. Experienced in academic test and course writing for law students and paralegal students. Wrote multiple choice questions for online prep courses for multi-state bar exam. Wrote and edited home study courses in business law, litigation, real estate, torts, criminal law, estates, paralegal practice, computer basics and other subjects. President and founder of U.S. LawDesk Services, ebooks and educational services for basic legal knowledge. Author of ebooks listed on Amazon Kindle. Experienced consulting/writing services for Masters and Doctorate students in non-science and non-math subjects.

Associated with: LawDesk Services

75% Job Success
$30.00 /hr
96 hours

Jerome Hutchinson

Law graduate/Paralegal and freelance writer, exp. in legal research.

United States - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 28

Seeking legal research and/or writing contracts for Intellectual Property Attorneys, as well as, writing contracts for blogs and websites. As a recent law school graduate, I have over the last 3 years gained a significant amount of experience in preparing Bankruptcy Petitions, filing Copyrights and performing Patent and Trademark searches. In addition, I have more than 14 years experience teaching Legal English and Business Skills to speakers of English as a Second Language. My academic and teaching background is applicable to vast array of tasks, including but not limited to: Research and Report writing, writing course content, website content, proofreading and editing. My Legal training allows me to handle a vast array of outsourced legal tasks including but not limited to: Performing legal research, legal writing, document preparation and client intake.

100% Job Success
$15.00 /hr
656 hours