STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
CLASSIFICATION: PARALEGAL II
Class Code: 6792-19 Date Established: 01-27-87
Occupational Code: 7-5-5 Date of Last Revision: 12-28-01
BASIC PURPOSE: To perform paraprofessional law-related research duties in interviewing complainants, analyzing data and coordinating the development of legal cases and opinion.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Reviews and analyzes statutes, rules and regulations in researching data for use in legal cases.
· Develops legal documents for use by counsel according to established agency professional and technical guidelines.
· Reviews and analyzes complaints of individuals, businesses, social agencies or law enforcement agencies.
· Supervises support staff in performing paralegal and related clerical work.
· Assists in investigations as needed with staff investigators and attorneys.
· Issues subpoenas and coordinates availability of witnesses to ensure their appearance for testimony at court trials, depositions, and administrative hearings.
Skill: Requires skill in developing formats and procedures for special applications OR in investigating and reviewing the use of equipment and data for a specialized function.
Knowledge: Requires knowledge of business practices and procedures or technical training in a craft or trade, including working from detailed instructions, to apply knowledge in a variety of practical situations.
Impact: Requires responsibility for contributing to immediate, ongoing agency objectives by facilitating the direct provision of services to the public or other state agencies. Errors at this level result in inaccurate reports or invalid test results and require significant investment of time and resources to detect.
Supervision: Requires direct supervision of other employees doing work which is related or similar to the supervisor, including scheduling work, recommending leave, reviewing work for accuracy, performance appraisal, or interviewing applicants for position vacancies.
Working Conditions: Requires performing regular job functions in a controlled environment with minimal exposure to disagreeable job elements and little risk of hazard to physical or mental health.
Physical Demands: Requires light work, including continuous walking or operating simple equipment for extended periods of time as well as occasional strenuous activities such as reaching or bending.
Communication: Requires explaining facts, interpreting situations, or advising individuals of alternative or appropriate courses of action. This level also requires interviewing or eliciting information from state employees or members of the general public.
Complexity: Requires coordinating a combination of diverse job functions in order to integrate professional and technical agency goals. This level also requires considerable judgment to implement a sequence of operations or actions.
Independent Action: Requires objective assessment in analyzing and developing new work methods and procedures subject to periodic review and in making decisions according to established technical, professional or administrative standards.
Education: Associate's degree or two years of college with a major study in law, paralegal studies, or a related legal field, or a paralegal certificate from a certified paralegal program. Each additional year of approved formal education may be substituted for one year of required work experience.
Experience: Three years' experience in legal research, legal investigative, paralegal work, criminal justice or an area which provided experience with legal terminology, with at least one year at the level of Paralegal I. Each additional year of approved work experience may be substituted for one year of required formal education.
License/Certification: None required.
RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Considerable knowledge in legal research techniques. Considerable knowledge of investigative techniques and methods to determine the knowledge and credibility of people. Considerable knowledge of legal terminology. Ability to develop evidentiary information for court presentation. Ability to perform tedious in-depth research. Ability to address groups. Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with attorneys, law enforcement personnel, business owners and the public. Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.
DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.
Last Updated 01/04/02