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Payal Patel, director of legal projects, Robert Half Legal, Atlanta. (Courtesy photo) Payal Patel, director of legal projects, Robert Half Legal, Atlanta. (Courtesy photo)

The mixed role of legal secretary and paralegal, known now as the “hybrid paralegal” position—that combines administrative tasks with paralegal duties—has become more common over the past few years with no signs of slowing down. According to a survey from the recruiting firm where I work, Robert Half Legal, 47 percent of lawyers plan to hire in the first half of 2019, with legal secretaries and paralegals among top legal support jobs to be added.

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