Paralegal

Job category: Paraprofessional
Exemption Status/Test: Non Exempt
Reports to: General Counsel
Date Revised: July 30, 2018
Dept./School: Office of General Counsel

Primary purpose

Provide professional legal support to the General Counsel, including legal research and legal document preparation.

Qualifications

Education/Certification

High school diploma required; Bachelor’s Degree preferred

Paralegal certification preferred

Experience

Minimum four (4) years legal experience in either a law firm, in-house or school district required

Special knowledge/skills

Demonstrated knowledge of legal terminology and principles

Demonstrated knowledge of the rules regulating paralegals

Draft contracts, leases, public bid and construction documents, and other legal documents involving purchases, sales insurance, employment, etc.

Mastery of Microsoft Office, especially Excel and PowerPoint applications

Major responsibilities and duties

  • Gather information from various departments in preparation of contracts, and other legal documents, and review legal documents to ensure inclusion of necessary provisions.
  • Draft contracts, leases, public bid and construction documents, and other legal documents involving purchases, sales, insurance employment, etc.
  • Calculate and meet deadlines for cases.
  • Perform cite checks and legal research, both manually and through use of electronic resources such as Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw.
  • Draft legal documents and gather information, materials, documents, reports, and evidence, which is necessary to respond to discovery.
  • May develop and maintain legal services database.
  • Prepare reports, correspondence, memoranda of law, and other documents.
  • Interpret and summarize depositions and other legal documents.
  • Prepare litigation documents.
  • Notarize affidavits and other documents as necessary.
  • Respond to citizen, staff, and possibly parent inquiries and/or complaints.
  • Professional communications both orally and in writing with outside counsel.
  • Keep abreast of policies and procedures relating to the General Counsel.
  • Calendar all relevant deadlines.
  • Review and analyze Public Information Requests.
  • Perform all other tasks and duties as assigned.
  • All federally funded incumbents of this position must comply with time and effort reporting requirements.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  •   None.

Mental demands/physical demands/environmental factors

Tools/Equipment Used: 
Standard office equipment including personal computer and peripherals
Posture: 
Occasional bending/stooping, pushing/pulling, and twisting
Motion: 
Repetitive hand motions, frequent keyboarding and use of mouse; occasional reaching
Lifting: 
Occasional light lifting and carrying (less than 15 pounds)
Environment: 
May work prolonged or irregular hours
Mental Demands: 
Work with frequent interruptions; maintain emotional control under stress

This document describes the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and is not an exhaustive list of all responsible and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.