Minimum Qualifications To be considered for permanent appointment, candidates must be reachable on the current Civil Service eligible list or be eligible for reassignment or transfer in accordance with Civil Service Law.
If a viable eligible list does not exist, a provisional appointment may be made in accordance with Civil Service Law. Candidates who accept a provisional appointment must take the next competitive examination and be reachable on the resultant eligible list in order to be considered for permanent appointment to the position.
The minimum requirements for taking the examination are:
You must be a qualified employee of New York State and have had three months of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as a Legal Assistant 1, Legal Assistant Trainee 2, or Legal Assistant Trainee 1.
Only the title or titles listed are qualifying.
Open Competitive Exam:
Either 1: a bachelor's degree (or higher) in a paralegal/legal assistant program from a regionally accredited college or university, or college or university accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) or one approved by the American Bar Association (ABA); AND one year of subsequent full-time experience as a Paralegal/Legal Assistant (see definition below).
Or 2: an associate's degree (or higher) in a paralegal/legal assistant program OR a certificate in a paralegal/legal assistant program where either the degree or certificate was granted from a regionally accredited college or university accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) or one approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) AND two years of subsequent full-time experience as a Paralegal/Legal Assistant (see definition below).
Definition: For the purposes of this examination, a Paralegal/Legal Assistant is someone who applies knowledge of the law and legal procedures in rendering direct assistance to lawyers, clients, and courts; prepares and interprets legal documents and forms; researches, compiles and uses information from legal materials to provide both written and verbal comments on their findings; and analyzes and handles routine procedural problems independently with minimal attorney oversight.
Substitution: Graduation from an accredited (ABA approved) law school with a degree required by New York State Bar admittance will be accepted as meeting the educational requirements for either examination.
Non-qualifying degrees: Non-qualifying degrees include but are not limited to degrees in Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, Liberal Arts, Political Science, Business Administration and Business Management.
Non-qualifying experience: Non-qualifying experience includes but is not limited to experience which is limited solely to general clerical or secretarial duties performed in a law office.
Important: Non-degree certificates of completion or diplomas awarded by a training institution or company not regionally accredited or accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) or approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) are not qualifying.
Duties Description We have several Legal Assistant 2 vacancies in Albany.
General Duties Include:
When in litigation or administrative hearing setting:
•Responsible for the preparation of arguments in court for pro se and other similar cases or for the preparation of materials related to an administrative hearing.
•Independently develop assigned cases or files to the point where an attorney need only sign off on the related papers or present the case before the court.
•Prepare correspondence and all relevant case materials for the record.
•Draft various legal documents and assist in the preparation for litigation by completing a variety of activities.
•Draft responsive motions or answers, affidavits, or discovery demands.
•Perform document review, including the use of electronic discovery, and prepares draft of responses to document demands for attorney review.
•Organize exhibits for examination before trial (EBT).
•Organize, drafts, and prepares motions for summary judgment.
•Work with the assigned attorney to restyle papers as needed.
•Serve subpoenas or arrange service.
•Arrange for filing pleadings and other legal papers with the court clerk of record.
•Analyze adversaries' responses for their sufficiency and evaluate any objections received.
•Review discovery demands received and work closely with attorney to prepare responses.
•Draft responses to interrogatories, notices to admit, and requests for documents.
•Assimilate transcripts from EBTs or excerpts from trial transcripts.
•Analyze and process interim and dispositive decisions and orders.
•Prepare final documents for file closing.
When located outside of a litigation or an administrative hearing setting, performs a variety of activities:
•Draft briefs, affidavits, affirmations, and other motion-related papers.
•Prepare draft opinions for review by an attorney.
•Perform detailed, open-ended investigations to provide attorneys with ongoing information and leads.
•Review and propose changes in legislation, including drafting language and making revisions, and manage related bill tracking activities.
•Draft contracts and participate in the negotiation of contracts.
•Perform other duties as assigned.
Additional Comments Specific duties and scheduling options will be discussed at interview.
Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The OAG is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to workplace diversity.
As an employee of the OAG, you will join a team of dedicated individuals who work to serve the people of our State through a wide variety of occupations. We offer a comprehensive New York State benefits package, including paid leave, health, dental, vision, and retirement benefits, and family-friendly policies. Additionally, the OAG offers a robust Workplace Flexibilities Program with multiple options for employees, including telecommuting (up to two days per week) and alternative work schedules.
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.
Notes on ApplyingIf you are interested in being considered, please email your cover letter and resume to HR.Recruitment@ag.ny.gov. Please note how you meet the minimum qualifications and indicate vacancy ID #134555 in the subject line of the email.