Functional Title: Paralegal
Position Number: 128123
Paralegals provide legal and administrative support services to all attorneys in the Office of General Counsel (OGC), the in-house office that provides legal support and advice to the University of Maryland, College Park. The breadth of OGC’s legal practice requires Paralegals to be capable and willing to support OGC and its attorneys in a wide range of legal, operational, and administrative matters. These include but are not limited to administrative tasks, as well as litigation/adversarial matters, administrative hearings, public information requests, and human resources, corporate, transactional, real estate, and policy matters. Paralegals provide general administrative support to the OGC attorneys when the Executive Assistant to the Vice President or other paralegals are unavailable or when the need arises.
Paralegals work under attorney supervision to review, edit, and draft legal documents, resources, and communications; perform legal and factual research; review, prepare, and maintain documents, exhibits, and presentations; analyze, preserve, and maintain evidence; monitor and update internal tracking processes; and communicate and interact with clients, outside counsel, and third parties, including other governmental units.
Paralegals assist with the University’s responses to internal and external information requests, such as supporting Public Information Act (PIA) requests; subpoenas or other court/legal orders; the Employee Grievance Hearings process; the Public Safety Denial of Access Appeal process; and similar matters handled by OGC. As the need arises, Paralegals may be assigned primary responsibility for such matters.
Paralegals work collaboratively with OGC’s Executive Assistant to provide administrative support for OGC and its attorneys as needed, which may include scheduling, coordinating, and tracking grievances, denials of access, and similar matters; supporting office operations and information management; and maintaining filing systems.
- Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies, Business, Liberal Arts, or similarly related fields.
- Four (4) or more years’ experience working with practicing attorneys in either a law firm or in-house setting.
- Demonstrated ability to perform legal research involving federal, state, and administrative statutes, regulations, and case law.
- Strong proficiency using Microsoft Office suite of applications, specifically Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; and Google Workplace, including Gmail and Google Calendar. Ability to become proficient with new software applications as needed.
- Excellent organizational, planning, problem solving, and interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; use discretion and good judgment; and work under multiple deadlines and with any matter assigned. Must interact courteously and professionally with all constituencies and maintain strict confidentiality regarding all OGC matters.
- Ability to follow directions, take initiative, and work independently in a deadline-driven environment.
- State of Maryland notary or ability to become a notary upon employment.
- Previously experience working in the higher education industry or public sector.
- Paralegal degree or certification.
- Working knowledge of the laws applicable to a research-intensive university.
- Previous experience as a litigation or transactional paralegal or legal assistant, including business, procurement, or real estate transactions.
- Demonstrated ability to perform legal research involving federal, state, and administrative statutes, regulations and case law.
- Ability to create and update websites.
- Proficiency with one or more legal document/case management applications.
Work is performed in an office environment and requires the ability to operate standard office equipment and keyboards. Must have the ability to lift and carry small parcels, packages and other items, to walk short distances, and drive a vehicle to deliver and pick up materials/supplies.
The salary range for this position starts at $71,396.00, commensurate with experience.
For best consideration, qualified applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and a list of at least three (3) professional references as soon as possible, no later than Wednesday, March 1, 2023.