Law Clerk (Unclassified)
JOB CODE: 3304
PAY GRADE: 1100
SALARY RANGE: $22,945 - $38,976
LOCATION OF WORK
This is sub-professional legal research and related work in the Parish Attorney's Office and City Court. Work involves performing legal research and writing opinion letters and memoranda on researched cases for use by staff attorneys in preparing their legal opinions and cases. Employees of this class may work on a part-time basis. Work is performed under the immediate supervision of a professional supervisor who assigns projects, gives preliminary instructions, and reviews work in process and upon completion for quality and adherence to established legal standards. Performs other work as requested. Note: Employees within this classification are hired on a part-time basis and paid at an hourly rate.
ESSENTIAL WORK TASKS
Performs on a part-time basis, a variety of sub-professional legal research and related work in assisting professional attorneys or administrative officials. Researches and analyses statutes and case law to prepare legal memoranda for use by attorneys in drafting briefs, petitions, contracts, opinions and other legal instruments using digests, reporters, citators, treatises, legal periodicals and other materials. May make preliminary review of abstractor's reports and otherwise assist attorneys engaged in examining land titles, instituting title curative actions and writing title opinions. Assists attorneys in researching and compiling data for use in connection with pending litigation concerning matters related to property transfer or acquisition. May assist in the preparation of cases for court including drafting pleadings, motions, briefs and other legal papers.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of the procedures and techniques used in Louisiana Legal Research, including the various sources of legal information. Knowledge of civil law property, law of conventional obligations, criminal and tort law, constitutional law, basic civil procedure, contract law, criminal justice administration and Louisiana's civil law system. Skill in legal research and the use of various source materials. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with attorneys, other employees and the general public. Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions. Ability to do thorough legal research and follow through on assignments. Ability to express ideas thoroughly and concisely, orally and in writing, to groups and to individuals. Ability to employ legal analysis to analyze facts, evidence, cases, statutes and arrive at logical conclusions.
Bachelor's degree and completion of the first year curriculum at an accredited school of law.
CERTIFICATIONS / LICENSES / REGISTRATIONS
(Unless otherwise specified below, must possess at the time of appointment and must be maintained current throughout employment in this classification.) None.
OTHER JOB ASPECTS
Unclassified job specifications may be revised at the will of the appointing authority.