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Legal Assistant Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Performs paraprofessional legal tasks under limited supervision by an attorney.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is the first of two series of classifications.

Examples of Duties:

  • Prepares cases for legal actions of various kinds and secures evidence and documentation.
  • Confers with attorneys, adverse parties, court officials and other University departments.
  • Researches laws in statute books, codes, policy manuals and other sources.
  • Interviews witnesses to obtain relevant information.
  • Locates and reviews judicial decisions for applicability to pending cases; identifies and interprets relevant portions of manuals, statutes, rule books, codes and regulations.
  • Composes correspondence dealing with legal subject matter, utilizing considerable discretion, judgment or negotiation.
  • Drafts pleadings for presentation to the court.
  • Gives and receives information requiring considerable judgment regarding current departmental business.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of concepts, terminology, principles and procedures of American law.
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques of legal research and the use of statutes, codes and other legal resources.
  • Knowledge of functions and jurisdictions of local, state and federal courts and related agencies.
  • Skill in analytical and problem-solving techniques.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication and interpersonal relations.
  • Skill in work management and organization.

Minimum Qualifications:

Associate's degree in any field which includes legal assistant course work AND four years of paralegal office or legal secretarial experience; OR, Six years of paralegal office or legal secretarial experience; OR, Certification by the National Association of Legal Assistants AND four years of paralegal or legal secretarial experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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