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Legal Assistant Jobs With State Starting At $46,483, $54G

College Degree, Computer Knowledge Required; Apply by Jan. 5 For Feb. 19 Tests

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The state is accepting applications through Jan. 5 for Legal Assistant I and Legal Assistant II positions. The filing fee for both posts is $35 with tests scheduled for Feb. 19.

The salary range for a Legal Assistant I is $46,483 to $49,834. The range for Legal Assistant II $54,723 to $58,727. Appointees who work in New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland or Westchester counties receive an additional $3,026 per year as downstate-adjustment pay. Those who work in Dutchess, Orange or Putnam counties receive a mid-Hudson adjustment of $1,513.

Varying Responsibilities

The positions exist in various agencies throughout the state but are located primarily in Albany and New York City.

Legal Assistants I are responsible, under the direction of staff attorneys, for compiling and organizing documentation, preparing and assisting in the preparation of legal documents and forms, logging information, and preparing correspondence and subpoenas. They respond to inquiries and complaints, track cases, ensure that deadlines are met, and maintain various calendars. They also conduct research into legal matters, analyze materials, and present both oral and written comments on findings. 

Legal Assistants I might prepare and maintain files, interview witnesses and clients, take depositions, record and monitor the status of legislation, and gather and create materials and summaries of legislation and current legal developments pertinent to the agency.

The use of computer software and the Internet is integral to these positions and may be used in preparing documents, tracking and researching assignments, tracking litigation and communicating. This position requires the ability to work independently on some assignments.

Duties of Legal Assistants II are similar to those of a Legal Assistants I but are distinguished by increased responsibility, more freedom of judgment, and greater expertise in interpreting the overall mission of the bureau and agency. Legal Assistants II might supervise paraprofessional or clerical staff.

Need Degrees, Experience

Qualified applicants for Legal Assistant I posts must have an associate's degree (or higher) in a paralegal/legal assistant program or a certificate in a paralegal/legal assistant program. Candidates who expect to meet the educational requirements by Sept. 30, 2022 can be admitted to the written test, but cannot be considered for appointment until they submit proof of successful completion of the educational requirement to the Appointing Authority at the time of the employment interview.

Qualified applicants for Legal Assistant II posts must have either 1) a bachelor's degree (or higher) in a paralegal/legal assistant program and one year of subsequent full-time experience as a Paralegal/Legal Assistant, or 2) an associate's degree (or higher) in a paralegal/legal assistant program OR a certificate in a paralegal/legal assistant program and two years of subsequent full-time experience as a Paralegal/Legal Assistant.

Graduation from an accredited law school will be accepted as meeting the educational requirements for either examination.

The Exam

The written test is designed to evaluate your knowledge and skills in such areas as legal research; interviewing; office record-keeping; writing; using legal terminology, documents and forms; and understanding and interpreting legal materials.

Complete information on the positions, including on how to apply, is available online at

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