LEGAL CLERK II

  • City of Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 17, 2023
Clerical and Administrative Support Legal Services

Job Description

job description

LEGAL CLERK II
VARIOUS SECTIONS
Salary Range: $ 45,184 - $66,064


About Us
The Los Angeles City Attorney's office is one of the nation's largest municipal law offices. With over 1,000 legal professionals, including 500 attorneys, the Office provides the City with the highest caliber of legal services, ranging from prosecuting criminal misdemeanors and playing a leading role in criminal justice reform, advising on homelessness initiatives, defending civil lawsuits and claims, and bringing civil enforcement actions in the name of the People of the State of California.
Guided by an overarching commitment to integrity, accountability and transparency, we find great meaning in the work we do and the services we provide.

Duties and Responsibilities
The responsibilities of this position include performing routine to moderately difficult legal clerical work; type various documents from plain or corrected copy, rough draft or dictating equipment. Compose and type correspondence of a routine nature by following general instructions as to content or by referring to records of previous correspondence. Sorts, classifies, indexes, cross-references, photocopies and files legal correspondence, memoranda, reports, contracts, complaints, citations, accident reports, claims, statistical and financial tabulations, court calendars, legal opinions and other documents. May act as a receptionist, assisting callers in person or on the telephone by answering questions, receiving and recording requests and complaints, and referring callers to proper sources. Ordering and organizing supplies; and other duties as assigned.

Requirements
Applicants are required to submit typing certificate with typing speed of at least 45 wpm net with no more than five (5) errors. Candidates who meet the typing criteria will be scheduled for a spelling test. You must pass the spelling test with no more than five (5) errors maximum. Additional requirements include:
  • Must be an accurate typist
  • Detail oriented;
  • Must have initiative
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Enjoys extensive telephone contact with the public;
  • Able to handle multiple tasks;
  • Able to work under pressure with a minimum amount of supervision;
  • Enjoys working in a team environment;
  • Reliable attendance and punctuality are mandatory; and
  • Applicants must be able to lift boxes (up to 25 lbs).

Desired Qualifications
Applicants should be proficient in Microsoft Word. Applicants should have knowledge of legal procedures and terminology. Knowledge of the Criminal Case Management System and the Trial Court Information System is desirable.

Benefits Offered
  • Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Tax-Advantage Spending Accounts
  • Retirement Plan (LACERS)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457(b))
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program
  • Paid Time Off
    • 13 Yearly Holidays
    • Vacation
    • Personal Leave
    • Floating Holidays
    • Sick Leave
    • Bereavement Leave

Telework
This position may qualify for up to 3 days of telework per week.

Current Location
Position is subject to assignment at any location within the County of Los Angeles.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
For candidates seeking initial City employment, in accordance with Los Angeles City Ordinance 187134, information regarding COVID -19 vaccination requirements as conditions of employment may be found at: https://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2021/21-0921_ord_187134_8-24-21.pdf

Probation
Appointment to this exempt position (non Civil-Service) will be subject to a one (1) Year probationary period as required by Section 1050 of the City Charter. Successful completion of the one (1) year probationary period will result in tenure with the office.

Contact
Questions? Please email atty.recruit@lacity.org.

TYPING CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
Applicants for the position of Legal Clerk i are required to submit a typing certification to demonstrate they meet the minimum typing requirements. Candidates who fail to provide a typing certification will be disqualified from the examination process. The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office will not be administering typing tests to candidates. The typing certification must be issued by an agency or an accredited school within the last 12 months. On-line issued typing certification will not be accepted.

The typing certification must meet the minimum 35 net words per minute, have no more than five (5) errors, and be scored according to the following method: 5 minute timed typing exercise, showing a gross rate of speed and a net speed calculated by deducting one (1) word per minute for each error in the exercise.

Certification may be in the form of a certificate, letter, or test results form and must contain the following:
• Agency’s official emblem or watermark
• Name of applicant
• Number of minutes of the timed typing test
• Number of gross words per minute
• Number of net words per minute
• Number of errors
• Date of certificate
• Signature of person certifying the certificate
• Address and telephone number of agency

The above information MUST be included on the certification. Applicants WILL NOT be contacted to correct the deficiency.
On the next page is a list of suggested local agencies and schools that administer typing tests and issue certification. It is advised that you call first to see if an appointment is required to take the typing test. Additional agencies that may provide typing certification can be found on www.servicelocator.org by entering the desired zip code.

IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE APPLICANT TO ENSURE THAT TYPING CERTIFICATION ISSUED BY ANY AGENCY INCLUDING THOSE LISTED MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS STATED ABOVE.

How to apply

Application and Deadline
Interested candidates are required to submit the following documents in one (1) merged PDF file: resume, typing certificate, and cover letter specifying LEGAL CLERK II - Various Sections #862 to atty.recruit@lacity.org.

*The City Attorney’s Office will not be administering typing tests. See the attached “Typing Certification Requirements.”

Applicants who meet the Typing Certification Requirement will be scheduled for a Spelling Test. Candidates who pass the spelling test will be added to the Legal Clerk II Candidate Pool. Selected applicants will be contacted to interview. This position will remain open until filled.

exempt employment

If employment is said to be exempt, it is meant that the employment is exempted from the civil service provisions of the City Charter. In order to receive a regular civil service appointment, employees must have successfully participated in a civil service examination, received a high enough score on the examination to be placed on and receive an appointment from an eligible list, and they must serve a probationary period. Exempt employees do not compete in a civil service examination, they are not placed on an eligible list and receive an appointment from that list, nor do they serve a probationary period. As a result, exempt employees do not have what is referred to as a “property interest” in their job. Exempt employees serve at the will of the appointing authority and can be terminated at any time without cause. Employees with a property interest in their job, i.e. civil service employees, cannot be deprived of their employment(discharged or suspended) without due process.

General Information About Exempt Employment

Exempt employees serve at the will of the appointing authority, and as such, they may be discharged, suspended or otherwise disciplined without cause. Exempt employees have no property interest in their employment, and any procedural benefit or other prerogative extended to them by their appointing authority is not intended to create and does not create any such property interest. No officer or employee of the City may make to any other officer or employee any representation of a property interest in employment which does not correspond to Charter provisions unless the City Council, by ordinance, permits such representation. No unauthorized representation can serve as the basis of an employee's reliance on, or expectation of, a property interest.

Employees Seeking To Become Civil Service Employees

There is no protective leave for an exempt employee appointed to a civil service position. Upon receiving a civil service appointment and passing probation, the former exempt employee will be subject to the Civil Service provisions described in Article X of the City Charter. Upon appointment, the civil service employee will begin to accrue displacement and layoff seniority on the first day of his/her civil service appointment and may file for promotional examinations for which s/he qualifies. A full or half-time exempt employee appointed to a full or half-time civil service position continues to: contribute to the Retirement System; accrue vacation time; accrue sick time; receive anniversary date salary increases; and, receive health and dental benefits identical to those received in the civil service position.

For candidates seeking initial City employment, in accordance with Los Angeles City Ordinance 187134, information regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements as conditions of employment may be found at: https://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2021/21-0921_ord_187134_8-24-21.pdf .

Closing Date/Time: 3/20/24

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