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Graduate Legal Assistant (5797)

Graduate Legal Assistant

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: OA60
  • Class Code: 5797
  • Established: 10/22/1970
  • Revised: 12/18/1984
  • Title Changed: --

Definition

Under close supervision of attorneys, to assist in legal research, and in the preliminary work involved in preparing other legal matters; and to do other related work.

Job Characteristics

This class is primarily designed to afford law school graduates, not yet certified by The California State Bar Association, an introduction to legal practice in the State service. It enables State departments to utilize the services of law school graduates who are awaiting the results of The California State Bar examination for subprofessional legal work and facilitates recruitment of recent graduates for legal careers in State service. Incumbents in the class must demonstrate acceptable progress toward higher level (i.e., the Legal Counsel class) in order to continue their employment in the class. As one measure of this progress, an incumbent must successfully pass the written portion of The State Bar examination within 12 months of appointment. Failure to meet this standard will be considered evidence of unsatisfactory progress and cause for rejection during the probationary period.

Typical Tasks

Analyzes legal problems; does routine legal research; prepares drafts of legal documents, briefs, reports, resolutions and legislative measures; ascertains the last amended form of the statutory law on a given subject; compiles, annotates, and indexes provisions of law and of legislative measures; serves legal papers; assists in answering court calendars; secures information regarding court decisions; assists in the work of a law library; keeps records and indexes of legal cases; prepares and dictates correspondence.

Minimum Qualifications

Current eligibility to take The California State Bar examination. (Persons in their last year of law school may compete in the examination but may not be appointed until they have eligibility to take The California State Bar examination.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Legal principles and their application, the use of legal reference works, and legal terms.

 

Ability to: Reason logically; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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