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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

Lila H.

Lila H.

Contracts, Corporate, Sports, Entertainment, IP

United States - Tests: 1

18 years of experience specializing in commercial contracts, corporate compliance, corporate formations, regulatory, risk management, sports law, entertainment law, internet law, oil and gas, energy, mergers/acquisitions, intellectual property assets and employment related matters. As former In House Counsel for a publicly traded company, I understand a wide variety of legal issues that may arise within your company. I am experienced in all stages of business development, from initial formation and entity selection through the selling of your business or acquisition of another company. My industry expertise includes business/corporate law, energy and natural resources, sports and entertainment law, employment law, intellectual property law and real estate law.

$110.00 /hr
48 hours

Jasmer Tomoling

Jasmer Tomoling Agency Contractor

CSR,Virtual Assistant, Admin Assistant, Data Entry

Philippines - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 1

Customer Service Representative, Phone Support, Executive Assistant, Virtual Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Email Management, Data Entry & Bookkeeping. I'm proud to say that those job titles were my craft in which I can work with dedication, passion, expertise and knowledge. I always keep in mind the relevance of my position in the company. Therefore, I always lay my expertise to make sure it will be beneficial for me and the company. My 5 star ratings and recommendation were the best proof of my proficiency.

Associated with: Jasmer Tomoling

97% Job Success
$7.00 /hr
1,922 hours

Donna Y.

Donna Y.

Admin/Virtual/Personal Assistant, Data Entry, PowerPoint, Blogger, SEO

Philippines - Tests: 13 - Portfolio: 22

I am a seasoned contractor on Odesk who has had a good track record. I'm a personal assistant but I also do data entry, web research, and PowerPoint presentations. Previously worked as a Personal Assistant for a California-based law firm wherein I was able to hone my skills by performing multiple tasks, my goal is to deliver what the client wants. Ad when it comes to quality of work, I'm one of the best.

100% Job Success
$8.89 /hr
5,264 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
1,519 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
334 hours

Nick P

Nick P

Talented and Committed Business and Marketing Consultant

New Zealand - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 1

I have a host of experience in the business and legal sectors and am wanting to develop my skill set further with involvement in international ventures and projects. Having worked with a range of different clients and companies, I have been able to gain valuable insights into the standards required in the marketplace and have produced exceptional reports and results. I am currently involved in a legal capacity for a technology start-up and am operating several other creative projects as a hobby. I am looking for one off or part time projects which would allow me to use and further develop the skills that I have acquired. I am interested in legal research and advice, financial planning, social media marketing, market research, business plans and business writing.

97% Job Success
$44.44 /hr
971 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