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Job Specification

PARALEGAL TECHNICIAN 1

DEFINITION:

Under general direction of an attorney, supervises paralegal staff
and personally performs work involved in 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 other related duties as required.

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.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:

Supervises staff involved in and personally assists in researching
legal areas of concern to members of the legal staff relating to
issues involving the work of the agency.

Conducts independent research into legal areas of concern 
regardingown work and preparation.

Supervises staff involved in and personally assists in drafting
memoranda communicating discussion of legal topics and review 
and consideration of issues relating to the work of the legal section
including memorialization of legal research.

May assist in 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.

May assist in preparation of formal correspondence in response
to citizen inquiries and other similar matters.

May assist in preparation of formal pleadings in the nature of
complaints, answers, motions, interrogatories, and other 
documents for utilization in proceedings before courts and agencies.

May assist in review of proposed rules, regulations, and 
legislation for the purpose of determining their validity, 
sufficiency, and propriety.

Conducts reviews of cited legal decisions to determine their 
precedential value.

Proofreads legal documents.

Supervises the maintenance of information related to the function
of the legal section in appropriate file form to ensure ready 
accessibility to such information and retrieves such information 
on request.

May assist in supervision and direction 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 information system used by the 
agency, office, or related units.

REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATION:

Graduation from an accredited college with an Associate's 
degree as a Legal Assistant or in Paralegal Studies or, 
an Associate or Bachelor's Degree and a Certificate of 
Proficiency in Paralegal Studies.
 
NOTE:  Possession of 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 is 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. 
  
EXPERIENCE:

Three (3) years of experience as a paralegal in a law firm, legal
tribunal, or legal department in a pubic or private entity whose
primary function is the research, enactment, enforcement, or
litigation of legal matters.

LICENSE:

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 essential duties of the position.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge of fundamental legal principles and concepts.

Knowledge of legal publications and periodicals, and 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,
accurate manner.

Ability to understand and explain complexities and uses of pertinent
and evidentiary laws and rules.

Ability to prepare and supervise preparation of correspondence
as required in the course of official duties.

Ability to prepare and supervise preparation of technically sound,
accurate, and informative statistical reports and other reports
containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations.

Ability to supervise establishment and maintenance of office 
records and files.

Ability 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, and 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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30462CC352122R20-

This job specification is for state and local government use.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.

12/20/2008