University of Utah Job Description
Under direct supervision, provides support to attorneys by researching legal precedent, investigating facts, or preparing legal documents. Conducts research to support a legal proceeding, or to initiate legal action. May be responsible for leading and supervising new and existing paralegals. Demonstrated ability to interact at a professional level with all forms of communication.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience) plus five years of experience required. The ability to provide guidance and give direction to staff members in other departments and divisions and excellent human relations and written and verbal communication skills are also required. Certification as a paralegal may be preferred.
Supervisory experience is preferred.
Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.
This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.
1. Resolves routine legal issues under the direction of an attorney.
2. Leads and directs the work of others.
3. Prepares legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, and contracts.
4. Prepares affidavits or other documents, maintains document file, and files pleadings with court clerk.
5. Gathers and analyzes research data, such as statutes, decisions, and legal articles, codes, and documents.
6. Investigates facts and law of cases to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
7. May be responsible for financial duties, accounts receivable, budgeting, forecasting, and providing other administrative support as needed.
8. Directs and coordinates law office activity, including delivery of subpoenas.
Demonstrated leadership, critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making skills are essential to the position. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Advanced knowledge of advanced concepts, with the ability to apply to unique and complex situations and educate others.
Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required
Nearly Continuously: Office environment.
Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required
Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.
Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.
Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.
Employees in this position must exercise strict confidentiality in all matters. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required.
250 East 200 South, Suite 125,
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Phone: 801.581.2169 Email: AskHR@utah.edu
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