Legal Research Attorney – Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara
Legal Research Attorneys will be appointed to a one-year term, renewable at the sole option of the Court for a maximum of three years. The Legal Research Attorney may become Staff Attorney upon successful completion of the third year.
Under the direction of designated Staff Attorney, this professional level position performs legal research activities on behalf of the court by examining, analyzing, and interpreting available information and submitting reports, bench memos, proposed orders, and recommendations to judicial officers.
This is the entry level classification of the Attorney series. This class is distinguished from the Staff Attorney in that the latter is responsible for supervising, mentoring, and training of Legal Research Attorneys and may perform the more difficult and complex legal duties.
A current vacancy exists in the Civil and Family Division of the Court; however, this recruitment may result in an eligibility list for future vacancies in the Criminal Division as well.
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Candidates must be a current member of the California State Bar, have a strong academic background, and excellent legal research, verbal, and writing skills. Some assignments will require specialization in Criminal, Civil, Family, and/or Juvenile Law; additional specialization may be required in these areas of law.
The work environment is generally clean, inside buildings, with limited exposure to dust, fumes, odors, and noise. Incumbents will be working under sometimes difficult and stressful conditions, with frequent deadlines and expectation to produce high quality work under limited time constraints. The ability to work both independently and collaboratively is required.
Specific tasks and duties may vary among assignments; however, the following is considered an essential function expected of the Research Attorney classification:
A screening panel will be convened to select those applicants deemed most qualified to participate in a written and/or oral examination. The examination process will include one or more of the following: application appraisal; written examination; oral examination.
This recruitment requires the submission of an on-line application. No paper applications will be accepted.
An electronic copy of your Resume, certified law school grade transcripts, a brief writing sample and responses to the supplemental questions must also be submitted as an attachment to this application submission.
(Copies of transcripts will be accepted at time of application. Official un-opened transcripts are required prior to employment.)
The Court provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities. If you are disabled as defined by the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act or the California Fair Employment and Housing Act and will be requesting an accommodation, please contact Sulakshna Chauhan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (408) 882-2700, to discuss your request. TDD communication is available by calling (408) 882-2787.
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