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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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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

Aidana R.

Aidana R.

Contract Drafter, Agreement Review, Legal Research

United States - Tests: 8

I have been drafting legal contracts (Terms of service, privacy policy, terms of use, NDAs, contractor agreements, employment agreements, contractor agreements, as well as dispute letters of different kind) since 2012 under the supervision of an international contract attorney. Not only I have an extensive experience in legal research and contract drafting, I also have worked as an event organizer in Miami. I am computer savvy. I know MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint), Photoshop, Basecamp, Teamlab, Act-On as well as how to use social media websites. I am perfectly bilingual: English and Russian; I am learning Spanish and French. I am very curious person, so I am looking to further my knowledge on variety of subjects. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Economics. I am very dependable and detail-oriented. Clear communication is very important for the success of any project. I will communicate as clearly and efficiently as I can, and I would appreciate the same coming from you.

100% Job Success
$23.00 /hr
823 hours

Harit Mohan

Harit Mohan Agency Contractor

Patent Search Expert with 7+ Years Experience

India - Tests: 1

1. Landscape Services: 1.1 Patent Landscape 1.2 Patent/ IP Watch (Monthly Updates) 1.3 Portfolio Analysis 1.4 Competitive Intelligence 1.5 Non Patent Literature (NPL) Landscapes 1.6 White Space Analysis & more… 2. Prosecution Services: 2.1 Patentability 2.2 FTO/ Clearance (National, Regional & Global) 2.3 State of Art & more… 3. Litigation Services: 3.1 Validity/ Invalidity 3.2 Infringement Analysis 3.3 Claim Charts & more… 4. Specialized Services: 4.1 Chemical structure searches (Markush, Polymers, Reactions etc.) 4.2 Biosequence searches (Nucleic Acids, Peptides & Polypeptides) 4.3 Patent drafting 4.4 Patent illustrations 4.5 Clinical Trial searches 4.6 Customized data mining & more… 5. Database Knowledge: 5.1 LexisNexis® TotalPatent®, Thomson Innovation, PatBase, MicroPatent, Questel etc. 5.2 STN Databases (DGENE, PCTGEN, USGENE, CAPLUS, MARPAT, REGISTRY etc.) 5.3 EBSCO, ProQuest, ScienceDirect, PubMed, IEEE, Scopus etc.

Associated with: Signicent Information Solutions LLP

75% Job Success
$22.22 /hr
0 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
1,500 hours

Katharine Sherwood

Katharine Sherwood

Certified Paralegal

United States - Tests: 3

Certified Paralegal with 4.5 years of experience. I have experience working as a litigation paralegal, family law paralegal, criminal law paralegal, and overseen office management in small firms. My training in office administration and client services has equipped me with a multitude of skills including; office management, business operations, and exemplary customer service. I possess an Advanced Paralegal Certificate from an ABA-approved paralegal program. My work ethic and attention to detail is unparalleled. I do have references should you require them. I am efficient and understand the confidential nature of the legal field. I am technically savvy and use that to my advantage by creating processes that make me more efficient and accurate. I can draft legal documents such as pleadings, discovery, wills, and deeds, as well as letters. I have extensive legal research experience, as well as e-discovery retrieval and document review. I understand the rules for ESI preservation and have experience creating ESI search terms, ESI preservation letters, and reviewing ESI. Examples of the jobs i'm suited for include: legal document preparation, document review, contract administration, e-filing, memo writing, brief writing, deposition summaries, litigation support, customer support, internet research and writing. Some of my administrative support skills include: email correspondence, transcription, interviewing clients, maintaining calendar, preparation of excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations, drafting documents, hiring and managing job posts, and more!

$22.00 /hr
331 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

Branko Cvokic

Branko Cvokic

Computer skills, Translation, Ubuntu linux, data entry

Serbia - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 3

I have more than 15 years experience translating from English to Serbian. I have translated books, articles and an apps for Android and software in general. I have more than 20 years of experience in computers in general and more than 6 years experience in LINUX software. I am an Android user for more than 7 years. My English is fluent. As a person who work with clients every day, for many years, I will try, responsibly, to work in the best interest for the client.

100% Job Success
$16.67 /hr
0 hours

Kelli Hansen

Kelli Hansen Agency Contractor

Registered Nurse with Professional Writing Skills

United States - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 6

I am a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor's Degree of 17+ yrs. I hold various certifications and work experiences in the healthcare field from home health care to long-term care insurance case management. I have knowledge and expertise in reviewing medical records and creating case chronologies and written documentation of reports. I have written articles on LinkedIn, published a written article in a professional journal, and have recently authored a chapter on Patients' Rights in a legal nursing book set to be published in 2015. I am currently finishing up my Master's degree in Health Care Operations Management. Past work experiences include preparing attorneys for trial with regards to medical record interpretations, medical review/case chronologies, medical/legal research on cases, participating in depositions, and consulting with attorneys and other persons to educate on healthcare topics and standards of care. I currently own a small business in which I provide services for Freelance medical related writing and general nurse consulting. Certifications: Certified Senior Advisor (CSA), Certified Managed Care Nurse (CMCN), Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP), Legal Nurse Consultant- Certificate, Certificate in Patient Advocacy

Associated with: Advocate Nurses, LLC

100% Job Success
$60.00 /hr
12 hours



Legal Research Assistant

Kenya - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 8

I am a self-driven, research-oriented person. I have great analytical and argumentative skills. I bring a wealth of experience in research from my undergraduate LL.B degree from my Alma Mater. I have written dissertations, Theses, Term Papers and many more research-centered skills studies. I have participated in Moot Court competitions hence I am well versed in court procedures and rules. Currently, I am an intern at Pearlstone Associates. My major role in this firm is to research on key policy issues affecting devolution, poverty eradication measures, and economic empowerment programs. I assist in the dissemination of these policy issues to our development partners. I aim at accomplishing legal related tasks and developing of proposals for project formulations and implementation. Please feel free to check my C.V attached in my portfolio.

$9.50 /hr
0 hours