Paralegal - Sessional
To be considered, an applicant must submit all required components (available on the council's website) directly to The Texas Legislative Council via email, fax, or mail.
Performs routine legislative paralegal work. Work involves performing legal research and analysis using electronic and print resources, preparing initial drafts of certain types of legal and legislative documents, monitoring legislation and legal proceedings, assisting legislative council attorneys with various projects, and assisting in maintaining the council's legal library. Works under moderate supervision with minimal latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgement.
Primary responsibilities for this position include:
· Researches and analyzes legal sources such as state and federal statutes, administrative regulations, case law, opinions, articles, and treatises.
· Summarizes state and federal statutes and administrative regulations.
· Constructs and performs searches in Westlaw, LexisNexis, and other databases.
· May prepare legal memoranda and bill analyses.
· Collects and copies documents and information as necessary for legal and legislative projects.
· Monitors legislation and prepares related reports.
· Prepares reference and cross-reference charts for complex and lengthy legislation.
· Compiles statutes for initial drafts of bills.
· Assists in certifying certain legislative documents.
· Assists the code coordinator and leaders of statutory revision projects as needed.
· Maintains records related to statutory revision projects.
· May prepare repealers, bill analyses, conforming amendments, and code chapters for statutory revision projects.
· Assists in maintaining the council's legal library, library materials, storage facilities, and inventory of library holdings.
· Assists in updating the library collections regularly to ensure the collection is current.
· Assists in distributing books and other publications to council staff.
· Assists in selecting library materials to be removed from the collections and preparing materials for removal.
· Assists in publishing in-house compilations of law.
· Performs related work as assigned.
Minimum qualifications for this position include:
· Completion of, or enrollment in and completion of at least 90 credit hours of study toward, a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in paralegal studies, government, or a related field.
· Basic knowledge of legal principles, the legislative process, and legal and legislative terminology.
· Skill in basic legal research.
· Skill in written and oral communications.
· Ability to learn council software applications.
· Ability to analyze legal problems.
· Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
· Ability to deal effectively with others.
· Ability to maintain regular attendance.
· Ability to work overtime and flexible hours.
· Ability to handle multiple projects in a timely manner and cope with deadline pressures.
· Ability to maintain confidentiality of material and information.
· Ability to follow instructions and accept constructive criticism of work product from supervisors.
LICENSES OR CERTIFICATION
Completion of a paralegal training program, or professional certification as a paralegal from an accredited national certifying organization or the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Experience working as a paralegal may be considered in lieu of completion of a paralegal training program.
To be considered, an applicant must submit:
• a cover letter;
• a resume;
• a recent writing sample that demonstrates the applicant's own writing skills and original research; the writing sample should not exceed five pages and may be an excerpt from a longer document but should not be a form motion or pleading;
• a copy of the applicant's transcripts from the college, university, or paralegal training program attended that shows the courses completed and final grade or grade points earned for each course; and
• a State of Texas Application for Employment (available on the council's website: https://tlc.texas.gov/employment).
Submit requested documentation by:
TLCCareers@tlc.texas.gov (preferred method)
Human Resources Office
Texas Legislative Council
P.O. Box 12128, Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711-2128
As a condition of employment, legal proof of authorization to work in the U.S. must be provided.
Requests for accommodation and/or services in the application process should be made to the above-cited contact.