Job Description

"Under limited supervision, performs the research of laws, rules
and regulations, the investigation of facts, and the preparation
of documents used in briefs, pleadings, appeals, and other legal
actions; does related work.

NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed.

  • Assists in researching legal areas of concern to members for the legal staff.
  • Conducts independent research into legal areas of concern regarding own work and preparation.
  • Assists in the drafting of memoranda communicating discussion of legal topics, and the review and consideration of issues relating to the work of the legal section including memorialization
  • of legal research.
  • Assists in the preparation of formal correspondence to agencies, courts, legislators, and others with whom the employing agency must correspond, involving legal points of interest and matters in issue.
  • Assists in the preparation of formal correspondence in response to citizen inquiries and other similar matters.
  • Assists in the preparation of formal pleadings in the nature of complaints, answers, motions, interrogatories, and other appropriate documents for utilization in proceedings before courts and agencies.
  • Conducts reviews of cited legal decisions in order to determine their precedential value.
  • Conducts proofreading of legal documents.
  • Organizes and maintains information related to the function of the legal section in order to ensure ready accessibility to such information, and retrieves such information upon request.
  • Assists in the instruction and guidance of clerical support personnel when directly related to the legal functions being performed.
  • Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and computerized information system used by the agency, office, or related units.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associate's degree as a Legal Assistant or in Paralegal Studies or, an Associate or Bachelors Degree and a Certificate of Proficiency in Paralegal Studies.

NOTE: A Juris Doctorate (JD) degree may be substituted for the above education.

NOTE: Rule 1:20-20(a) prohibits attorneys that have been disbarred, resigned with prejudice, transferred to disability- inactive status, or under suspension from the practice of law in this or any other jurisdiction from being employed as paralegals/legal assistants in the state of New Jersey.

Two (2) years of experience as a paralegal in a law firm, legal tribunal, or legal department in a public or private entity whoseprimary function is the research, enactment, enforcement, or litigation of legal matters.

Appointee will be required to possess a driver's license valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.

  • Knowledge of fundamental legal principles and concepts.
  • Knowledge of legal publications and periodicals, and the procedures for extracting information contained therein.
  • Ability to interpret and apply New Jersey Statutes and Regulations.
  • Ability to communicate ideas in written form in a clear, concise, and accurate manner.
  • Ability to understand the complexities and uses of pertinent and evidentiary laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Ability to prepare correspondence as required in the course of official duties.
  • Ability to prepare technically sound, accurate, and informative statistical reports, and other reports containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain records and files.
  • Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.
  • Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.
  • American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of communication.
  • Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they can perform essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

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