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Salary: Paralegal (#5579)

$21.09-$25.75 hourly / $3,669-$4,479 monthly / Range: 5446

Paralegal-Restricted (#5580)

$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 as required.

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.


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 matters.
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 appeals.
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 administrative matters.
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 paralegal; or,
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.


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