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Career Definition of a Conflict Analyst
If a lawyer represents a person suing a company, another lawyer in the same firm cannot represent the company. That's an example of a legal conflict of interest.
Conflict analysts work in the legal field. They are often the first point of contact for potential clients because they process queries from people who are seeking legal counsel. They are required to do an extensive search through their system to determine if there may be a conflict of interest if their law firm were to represent the client. They are also responsible for performing internet searches to expand the scope of their investigation into potential conflicts.
Once they have completed the investigative phase of their work they are required to prepare a report. They are responsible for notifying the legal staff of their firm of any conflict issues and may also recommend a course of action to address those issues. When a client has sent a check for services and it is determined that the law firm cannot represent them due to a conflict the conflict analyst will ensure the file is closed and that the check is returned.
|Educational Requirements||High school diploma or GED|
|Job Skills||Computer skills, time management skills, independent work skills, communication skills, analytical skills, research skills, interpersonal skills, attention to detail|
|Median Salary (2017)*||$52,664|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)**||11% (legal support workers)|
Sources: *PayScale; **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
There are no specific postsecondary educational requirements for conflict analysts. Due to the fact that they work in the legal field and perform many administrative tasks they can benefit from taking courses that prepare them to work with a range of software, including Word programs and LegalKEY software. They may also need to use legal terminology in their work so completing a course in legal terminology may be an asset. Some employers may prefer applicants who have postsecondary training. Those who are pursuing postsecondary studies may opt to complete an associate's degree in paralegal studies or business administration.
Conflict analysts use computers to locate data and prepare reports so they need to have strong computer skills. Since conflict analysts interact with potential clients they need to have good communication skills and interpersonal skills. Conflict analysts need to be capable of working without supervision and meeting deadlines, thus organizational skills and time management skills are key. Research skills are also important in this career field since conflict analysts must be able to effectively locate relevant information.
Career Outlook and Salary
The 2017 median annual income for conflict analysts is $52,664, as reported by PayScale. Conflict analysts are grouped with legal support workers by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). According to the BLS, this career field should experience a job growth rate of 11% from 2016 to 2026.
Since conflict analysts work in the legal field, those who are considering this occupation may also be interested in the work that legal assistants, legal secretaries, paralegals and legal transcriptionists do. Information about these careers can be found via the links listed below.