TYPE OF RECRUITMENT Departmental Promotional Opportunity (Restricted to permanent employees of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office who have successfully completed their initial probationary period.)
PROMOTIONAL RIGHTS OF UNCLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES Unclassified employees who have attained permanent County status on a classified position by successful completion of the initial probationary period, with no break in service since leaving the classified service may apply.
EXAMINATION NUMBER A9233B
FILING INFORMATION The filing period will begin on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. (PST), and will remain open until Friday, January 18, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (PST).
POSITION INFORMATION Under the direction, supervision, and technical review of an attorney, incumbents in this class perform the more difficult paralegal case assignments involving major felonies, or supervise a small staff performing support functions for a County law office.
Essential Job Functions
Supervises and participates in the work of less experienced paralegals, legal support staff, or clerical staff providing specialized support to the District Attorney's Office.
Handles highly specialized and complex assignments requiring a high level of skill and independence including the organization of documents used in the prosecution of major crimes.
Supports litigation and discovery efforts; collects and examines factual data that is not available through routine sources and requires deviation from established procedures.
Performs legal research involving the prosecution of suspects accused of major crimes; analyzes data and organizes summaries into various formats for attorney presentations.
Reviews client and witness interviews to ensure thoroughness and accuracy and to identify additional information required.
Drafts a variety of legal documents (e.g., affidavits, petitions, motions, warrants, and trial briefs).
Reviews legal documents and forms for completeness and conformance to specific requirements set forth in applicable legal codes.
Organizes and maintains files; provides case management; and prepares reports and correspondence.
Interviews witnesses, defendants, and outside agencies (e.g., other county departments) in civil or criminal cases for pre-trial or pre-hearing declarations and prepares discovery requests and responses.
Establishes internal procedures for organizing and processing work; manages workflows; and ensures the quality, accuracy, and completeness of work within specified timeframes.
Participates in the recruitment of Paralegals and interns; assists with the development of training materials and provides specialized trainings (e.g., PIMS, TCIS, and processes) to subordinates, peers, and managers.
Negotiates and resolves administrative issues with representatives of opposing counsel or clients; responds to public inquiries or complaints.
SELECTION REQUIREMENTS: One year of experience at the level of Paralegal performing a wide variety of paralegal duties under the direction of an attorney.
WITHHOLD INFORMATION Permanent employees who have completed their initial probationary period and hold the qualifying payroll title may file for this examination if they are within six (6) months of meeting the experience requirement by the last date of filing. However, their names will be withheld from the eligible list until the required experience is fully met.
No Out-of-Class experience will be accepted for this examination.
LICENSE(S) REQUIRED A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.
PHYSICAL CLASS II - LIGHT Light physical effort which may include occasional light lifting to a 10-pound limit, and some bending, stooping or squatting. Considerable walking may be involved.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT INFORMATION
CONTINUING EDUCATION: Every two years, all paralegals shall be required to certify completion of mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE) as follows*:
Four hours of MCLE in legal ethics.
Four hours of MCLE in either general law or in a specialized area of laws.
*All MCLE courses shall meet the requirements of California Business and Professions Code Section 6070.
Certification of these MCLE requirements shall be made with the paralegal's supervising attorney. The paralegal shall be responsible for keeping a record of their certification.
EXAMINATION CONTENT This examination will consist of an interview weighted 50% and an Appraisal of Promotability (AP) weighted 50%.
Part I. The interview will assess candidates' general preparedness to perform the duties of the position, working relationships, decision-making ability, organizational ability, supervisory knowledge, and knowledge of legal research methods.
Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the interview in order to be eligible and participate in the AP portion of the exam.
Part II. The AP will evaluate candidates' professional knowledge of criminal laws, legal principles, communication skills, adaptability, dependability, work habits, and analytical skills.
Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the interview and AP in order to be placed on the eligible list.
ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION The names of candidates receiving a passing grade in the examination will be placed on the eligible list in the order of their score group for a period of 12 months following the date of promulgation.
QUALIFYING BACKGROUND CHECK The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of the offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.
Before a final appointment is made to this position, you will be required to complete and pass a thorough background investigation including a Live Scan.
Examples of disqualifying factors are:
Any criminal charges or convictions
Job related misdemeanor convictions
Certain serious traffic convictions or patterns of traffic violations such as three (3) moving violations in one (1) year; failure to appear; at-fault accidents; applicant placed on a three (3) year probation
Poor credit history
Poor employment history
Driving under the influence
VACANCY INFORMATION The resulting eligible list for this examination will be used to fill Senior Paralegal vacancies in the Office of the District Attorney.
APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION
Applications must be filed online only and must be submitted by 5:00 pm PST, on the last day of filing. Applications will not be accepted by mail, fax, or in-person. Applicants must upload any required documents as attachments during application submission. Additional documents, if any, must be received within 15 calendar days from the filing date.
To apply for this examination, click on the green "Apply" button located on the top right corner of the screen. You can also track the status of your application using this website.
IF YOUR APPLICATION IS INCOMPLETE, IT WILL BE REJECTED.
Information presented on employment applications, resumes, and during the examination process is subject to verification. We may reject your application at any time during the examination and hiring process, including after appointment has been made. Falsification of any information may result in disqualification or rescission of appointment.
Fill out your application completely. Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job. The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the Selection Requirements. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week, and detailed description of work performed.
Note: If you are unable to attach documents (if any), you may submit them via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (213) 633-0904, within 15 calendar days from the application filing date. In the subject line, you must include your name and the exam title.
COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.
NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password. Using a family member or friend's User ID and Password may erase a candidate's original application record.
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