Legal Secretary II/III

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Legal Secretary II/III

The State Bar of California San Francisco, CA, United States

Job Description:

Legal Secretary II/III


Job Description

Office of General Counsel

Legal Secretary II Annual Salary Range: $69,867 - $93,160

Legal Secretary III Annual Salary Range: $73,365 - $97,816

FLSA Non-Exempt / Non-Union Represented

This position allows for up to four days of remote work per week.

About the Office

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is in-house counsel to the State Bar, providing a full range of services, including representation of the Bar in all state and federal courts and before administrative agencies; advocacy of Bar discipline and admission cases in the California Supreme Court; and, providing legal advice to the State Bar Board of Trustees, and all State Bar entities, executives, and programmatic clients.

OGC provides legal advice and representation in the following areas: admissions and discipline, antitrust, Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act, bankruptcy, California Public Records Act, collections, contracts, copyright, governance, labor and employment, legislation, regulations and rules, real estate, regulatory work, and general corporate matters.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have a strong litigation background and will be organized, reliable, accurate, and proactive. This position will primarily assist in-house counsel with state and federal court filings, case file management, and other tasks to support in-house counsel's litigation and advisory work. Knowledge of how to prepare tables of authorities and finalize papers for filing, file and serve documents in state and federal court, and analyze court rules and calculate court deadlines is required. Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, SharePoint) required and familiarity with ProLaw or similar case file management programs preferred. The ability to work in a fast-paced environment is key, as well as handling multiple deadlines and the ability to learn the various aspects of the State Bar.


Under direction, the Legal Secretary II assists legal professional, supervisory, and judicial staff member(s) in accomplishing highly confidential secretarial and administrative duties and responsibilities of the department, unit, or individual legal staff member, to which the position is assigned. In addition, the LSII coordinates special projects and performs analysis, editing, evaluation, report preparation, and other duties as assigned.

Under direction, the Legal Secretary III provides a broad range of highly confidential, advanced secretarial, technical, and managerial assistance in accomplishing the duties and responsibilities of the office, department, unit, or individual legal staff member to which the position is assigned or unassigned. In addition, this subject class assumes formal lead responsibilities for assigned functions and legal support staff.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Legal Secretary II

This is an experienced (minimum of three years in legal secretary role), journey-level classification in the Legal Secretary classification series. It is distinguished from the lower-level Legal Secretary I classification in that incumbents independently perform the full range of legal secretarial and staff support duties. Incumbents in this classification may serve in an informal lead capacity, assisting, training, assigning, and monitoring the work of lower-level Legal Secretary staff.

The Legal Secretary II is distinguished from the Legal Secretary III classification by the latter's formal lead responsibilities.

Legal Secretary III

This is the advanced-level and most experienced classification (minimum of six years in a legal secretary role) in the Legal Secretary classification series.

The Legal Secretary III classification is distinguished from other secretarial classes in that incumbents in this class perform the most complex and varied assignments and/or serve in a formal lead capacity over lower-level secretarial staff, which includes: the formal training of legal secretarial staff, assigning, monitoring, and evaluating work of lower-level classes. This class may participate in formal performance evaluations of lower-level classes and make recommendations to supervisors on legal staff performance deficiencies and disciplinary actions, as well as participate and make recommendations on personnel actions such as hiring, promoting/demoting, and terminating staff.

Examples of Essential Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Employment Standards

Knowledge of:

Ability to:

Minimum Qualifications

Legal Secretary II



Legal Secretary III



License, Certificate, and Registration Requirements:

Applicants who meet the Minimum Qualifications will be required to successfully complete the State Bar's selection process for this classification.

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