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This position provides legal assistance to the in-house clinics that comprise the Berkeley Law Clinical Program, including their faculty, staff, and students. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Compiling data from various sources, legal digests, and practice manuals; Assembling, proof reading and editing drafts of documents, such as contracts, pleadings, policy papers, correspondence, research papers, and briefs; Formating citations according to the Bluebook uniform system of citation; Preparing and filing legal documents with appropriate entities, as required; Managing Clinic files and assisting faculty and students in working with the documents. This position serves as a member of the legal team in relation to the Clinics’ clients.
- Conducts legal research, fact gathering and retrieval of information.
- Analyzes, manages, and organizes legal and other case-related documents.
- Formats citations according to the Bluebook uniform system of citation.
- Utilizes legal reference and research software such as Lexis-Nexis, Westlaw and other law library resources.
- Assists with the preparation, site-checking, and filing of pleadings, reports, papers, and briefs.
- Possesses solid knowledge of legal industry standards in research, data collection, analysis techniques and creation of legal documentation.
- Possesses analytical skills to conduct research analysis and develop recommendations, demonstrating organization and problem-solving skills.
- Possesses solid knowledge of conducting legal and factual research, and checking citations.
- Demonstrates the skills to conduct needs assessment and develop new research techniques to meet organizational needs.
- Has strong analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills.
- Requires ability to present information in a clear concise manner, both in writing and verbally.
- Strong attention to detail.
- Familiarity with computer applications, document sharing technology and research tools.
- Proficiency with Word Office, Google Suite, video conferencing platforms (e.g. Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, etc.) and the ability to learn new computer programs and software systems.
- Familiarity with Lexis-Nexis, Westlaw, law library, people-search databases, Microsoft Office and WordPerfect.
- Ability to format citations according to the Bluebook uniform system of citation.
- Ability to work with diverse populations with diplomacy, poise, and tact.
- Paralegal education, qualifications and certification as outlined by The State Bar of California, Business and Professions Code, Section 6450 or comparable work experience. Continuing Legal Education as required by The State Bar of California.
- Bachelor’s Degree required, JD preferred
Salary & Benefits
This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience up to $35.00.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This is a five-month, full-time (40-hours/week), Limited (temporary) position.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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