Salary: Paralegal (#5579)
$21.09-$25.75 hourly / $3,669-$4,479 monthly / Range: 5446
$21.84-$26.67 hourly / $3,799-$4,638 monthly / Range: 5516
DEFINITION: Under general supervision, assists attorneys in the
research, analysis, and interpretation of civil, criminal, or
land-use legal issues and cases; and performs other related duties
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from the
Legal Research Specialist class in that the research work and
analysis performed by incumbents is reviewed and approved for use by
an attorney, and is not itself under judicial submission. Further,
the Legal Research Specialist job class requires active membership
in the State Bar of California.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Investigates facts and analyzes legislation, statutory and case
law, judicial decisions, legal opinions and rulings, ordinances, and
other documents to determine legal relevancy.
2. Collects and analyzes data needed for legal or administrative
3. Prepares drafts of legal opinions and memoranda such as briefs,
pleadings, appeals, motions, contracts, and interrogatories for
review, approval, and use by attorneys in support of pre-trial and
trial motions and pleadings and administrative proceedings and
4. Interviews witnesses in civil, criminal, land-use, and
administrative cases for pre-trial or pre-hearing declarations and
prepares discovery requests and responses.
5. Schedules witness appearances for legal proceedings.
6. Assembles, organizes, and produces legal and other documents for
use by attorneys; prepares exhibits; and assists attorneys at trial.
7. Enters case law, statutes, regulations, articles, and other data
into a computer and accesses information, using a legal research
computer program; and analyzes the information needed for legal or
8. Drafts correspondence for attorneys and writes reports.
1. Possession of a valid Paralegal Certificate; or,
2. successful completion of a paralegal curriculum approved by the
California or American Bar Association; or,
3. successful completion of the first year of law school training in
an accredited law school AND six months of experience as a
4. one year of experience as a paralegal; or,
5. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience
that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.
Knowledge of: legal and court procedure, terminology, and documents;
methods of legal research.
Ability to: research, analyze, and apply legal principles, facts,
evidence, and precedents to legal problems; understand and
communicate clearly and accurately in written and oral form
statements of law and fact; conduct investigative research; assess
and organize documents based on relevant legal issues; develop and
maintain effective relationships with staff members, departmental
representatives, and the public; learn to input, access, and analyze
data using a computer; work under pressure of meeting deadlines.