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PARALEGAL INTERN - CITY PROSECUTOR (VOLUNTEER)

at City of Long Beach

Posted: 10/6/2019
Job Status: Internship
Job Reference #: 2557984
Categories: Summer Jobs, Legal

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

DESCRIPTION

The Office of the Long Beach City Prosecutor seeks a computer-savvy, detail-oriented person with integrity and a team-focused approach to fill this volunteer paralegal position. This position requires an ability to perform difficult and complex tasks in a variety of support functions in the City Prosecutor's Office. Prior criminal law experience or criminology-focused education is desired, but not mandatory.  This office seeks applicants interested in a full-time or part-time internship.  
 
The Long Beach City Prosecutor's Office prosecutes all adult misdemeanors occurring in the City of Long Beach (including California state law violations and municipal code violations), handling over 10,000 misdemeanors each year.  The City Prosecutor's Office is a leader in a number of innovations, including alternative sentencing, court diversion, gang intervention, and prosecution. See www.CityProsecutorDougHaubert.com for more information about the office.  

This internship program will afford the paralegal intern the opportunity to learn criminal law and gain hands-on experience, and could lead to permanent employment.  Prior criminal law experience preferred, but not required as specialized training will be provided.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

  • Types and prepares criminal complaints for filing in court.
  • Opens and assigns new cases, maintains, and closes cases.
  • Processes citations and other types of criminal cases by entering case data in case management software (JustWare) to generate complaints and other legal documents.
  • Files pending cases into departmental files in expectation of upcoming court dates.
  • Transcribe 911 calls using transcription device.
  • May Interact with public, court personnel, police personnel, and other City Departments by phone, mail, fax, email, or in person on matters related to the filing of charges, restitution, and complaints.
  • Gathers documentary evidence and obtains all relevant information such as medical records, police reports, criminal histories, interview tapes, 911 tapes/digital files, photographs, and other evidentiary materials as instructed.
  • Prepare and serve subpoenas.
  • On a daily basis, transports cases to court for filing, pick-up of citations or other legal documents; may also transport cases to attorneys on an as-needed basis.
  • Performs backup reception desk duties.
  • Performs other duties or projects as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS TO FILE

  • Paralegal Certificate, ABA-approved program or from an accredited college or university.
  • AA or Bachelor's Degree.
  • Possess a minimum typing speed of 45 wpm.
  • Ability to frequently, lift and carry files and bend or stoop to file or retrieve files.
 The successful candidate may possess knowledge of many of the following: 
  • The court system, judicial process, and city government.
  • Legal terminology and documents.
  • The basic principles, terms, and procedures of criminal law as it pertains to misdemeanors filed in Long Beach including municipal ordinances, and court rules governing criminal procedures and evidence.
  • Forms and formatting for legal documents;
  • A variety of resources for obtaining information and processing legal forms and documents.
  • Computer applications.
  • Excellent vocabulary, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Excellent oral communications, written communications and analytical skills;
  • Familiarity with Word and Excel;
  • Must be able to organize and prioritize projects;
  • Must possess excellent work habits and professional demeanor; punctuality and attendance imperative.

SELECTION PROCEDURE

Interested candidates should submit a letter and resume, and a copy of their paralegal certificate via the online application at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/longbeach/default.cfm.  
 
If you have not received notification of the status of your application within two weeks of the closing date, please contact the City Prosecutor's Office at 562-570-5621.  Please note that this internship is unpaid and does not offer any fringe benefits.