|Employer||SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA|
|Job Type||Full Time|
|Salary||$73,580.00 - $89,036.48 Annually|
Under general supervision, to perform a variety of paraprofessional legal duties in support of Attorneys in the Office of the County Counsel for a wide variety of legal practice areas. Incumbents assist in the preparation of civil or quasi-civil cases for trial or other legal proceedings, prepare legal documents and instruments, conduct interviews and meetings, perform legal research, and prepare written memoranda; all under the general supervision/direction and review of an attorney.
The County of Santa Clara Office of the County Counsel is one of the premier public law offices in the country and offers an interesting, varied, and dynamic practice. The Office is recruiting to fill several Paralegal positions. Candidates must have excellent written and oral communication abilities and proficiency with interpersonal, client, customer service, and organizational skills. The capability to work collaboratively with your colleagues and clients, and strong research and problem-solving abilities are valued. An eagerness to take on interesting challenges with a commitment to public service in a fast-paced, professional environment are all essential qualities for success in this job. Experience in a legal or government office is highly desirable.
Applicants may also be considered for Paralegal positions that are designated as Confidential and receive five-percent (5%) premium pay. Positions that are designated Confidential support the County Counsel's Labor and Employment Team, whose attorneys are involved in contract negotiations with various employee bargaining units, personnel and union grievances, employee discipline, arbitrations, and other personnel matters involving union members. Confidential employees are not represented by SEIU Local 521.
Applications cannot be submitted without attaching a writing sample. The writing sample must include your name as the author.
Candidates who meet the employment standards will be invited to take an online multiple- choice examination. The examination link will be available tentatively between December 20, 2021 through December 27, 2021.
The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.
Sufficient education, training, and experience to demonstrate the possession and direct application of the following knowledge and abilities:
Training and Experience Note: The required knowledge and abilities are attained through possession of one of the following, per Government Code 6450(c):
(1) A certificate of completion from a paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association (ABA);
(2) A certificate of completion from a paralegal program at, or a degree from, a postsecondary institution that requires the successful completion of a minimum of 24 semester, or equivalent, units in law-related courses and that has been accredited by a national or regional accrediting organization or approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education;
(3) A baccalaureate degree or advanced degree in any subject, and one (1) year of law-related, attorney-supervised* experience; with a written declaration from that attorney* stating that the person is qualified to perform paralegal tasks;
(4) A high school diploma or GED, and three (3) years of law-related, attorney-supervised* experience; with a written declaration from that attorney* stating that the person is qualified to perform paralegal tasks. This experience and training shall be completed no later than December 31, 2003 per Government Code 6450(c).
*The supervising and declaring attorney must be an active member of the State Bar of California for at least the preceding three (3) years, or have practiced in the federal courts of California for at least the preceding three (3) years.
MCLE Post Employment Standards per Government Code 6450(d) - Paralegals/Senior Paralegals are required to certify completion of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credits every two (2) years. These credits consist of four (4) hours of general law or a specialized area of law, and four (4) hours of legal ethics.
Closing Date/Time: 12/13/2021 11:59 PM Pacific