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Paralegal/Legal Secretary

Rochester, NY
POSITION: Paralegal
(These terms are subject to change pursuant to grant and/or organizational funding, restrictions, or requirements.)

PAY:  $23/ hour

ABOUT RCSDThe Rochester City School District (RCSD), located in vibrant Monroe County on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario serves over 26,000 students, of whom more than 85% are students of color, in 46 schools and 10 alternative programs. The RCSD Board of Education and Superintendent believe that each student has recognizable and untapped potential that we all strive to discover and fulfill. In a partnership of family, school and community, our mission is to provide all students equitable access to a high quality education and graduate students who are prepared to become productive members of society. The Rochester City School District's vision is to provide a high quality education that fosters the development of the individual talents and abilities of our students in a nurturing environment of equity. Students are our first priority and will drive each decision. Our work is centered in respect, trust, integrity and accountability.


TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:  (All need not be performed in a given position.  Other related activities may be performed although not listed.):

Prepares and drafts pursuant to attorney direction, legal papers such as contracts, complaints, summons, motions, petitions, judgments, satisfactions, releases, etc;

Prepares and types general and legal correspondence; edit attorney prepared briefs, memoranda of law, statements, reports, forms and various other legal documents;

Operates a variety of office equipment and software in preparing correspondence and legal documents;

Maintains confidential, litigation and general office files;

Responds in person or by mail or telephone to routine inquiries;

Schedules meetings, hearings, court dates, etc. for attorneys and maintains appointment calendar;

Acts as receptionist for attorney, answering calls, greeting visitors and scheduling appointments;

Records and files legal papers and documents with County Clerk and Court Clerk offices;

Proofreads materials for spelling, grammar, punctuation and consistency.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:  Good knowledge of legal office terminology, practices, and procedures; good knowledge of legal terminology, legal papers, and format of legal correspondence; good knowledge of English grammar and usage; interpersonal skills; organizational skill; familiarity with Word, data entry, and typical Office software at a satisfactory rate of speed; ability to type accurately (40wpm) from rough draft or printed copy; ability to compose correspondence; ability to prepare legal forms and correspondence independently or at the direction and under the supervision of an administrator, attorney or clerical supervisor; ability to proofread written material; ability to operate data entry equipment; ability to deal effectively with elected officials, administrators, contractors, clients, attorneys, and the general public; ability to follow oral and written directions; tact; courtesy; discretion; initiative; good judgment; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree, Associates degree or Certificate program in paralegal studies.
  • Knowledge of legal principles and practices 
  • Knowledge of legal research techniques and terminology 
  • Knowledge of legal communication principles and practices
  • Computer knowledge and experience


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