Legal Aide

Grade NS

New York State has approximately 165 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in various agencies statewide. View links to all New York State agencies including agencies that have this title. For more information, New York State employees can contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322. If you are not a current New York State employee, you can use the Department of Civil Service Web site to explore possible employment opportunities.

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Career Ladder

There is currently no Career Ladder information available for this title.

Summary of Job Description

LEGAL AIDE, under the direct supervision of an Attorney, gains experience in legal work by assisting professional staff in support of an agency legal program:  

Conducts legal research and analyzes legal decisions, opinions, rulings, and memoranda by selecting principles of law and preparing digests of the points of law involved;
Selects, assembles, and compiles information on statutes, rules of procedure, regulations, other legal instruments, and specific legal subjects;
Maintains records and indices of law cases;
Shephardizes cases and statutes using Shephard's Citations;
Obtains copies of legislative bills and maintains records of the progress of proposed legislation of interest to the agency;
Secures information on court sessions and calendars or on administrative hearing calendars and informs legal staff when cases will be called;
Prepares preliminary drafts of agreements and resolutions, pleadings, opinions, extracts of depositions, etc.;
May conduct preliminary interviews of witness;
May assist in maintaining agency law library by locating or re-shelving books and adding new materials;
Composes routine legal correspondence.

View the classification standard for this title, on the Classification and Compensation webpage.

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Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

This title is non-competitive.  No examination is necessary.  However, you must still meet the Minimum Qualifications of the position.

Candidates must be currently enrolled as full-time students at a law school recognized by the New York State Education Department.

How to Apply

An examination is not used to fill this title. You must meet the minimum qualifications of the title in order to be considered for this position. You must apply directly to the agency or agencies that have this title.

Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience. For additional information or clarification, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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