Division of Social Justice
Civil Rights and Labor Bureaus – New York City
Reference No. DSJ_NYC_PUGS_2021
Application Deadline is September 24, 2021
Paid, Part-Time Placement for Graduate or Undergraduate Students
The New York State Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) Civil Rights and Labor Bureaus are seeking applications from graduate and undergraduate students for paid, part-time placements; this is an excellent opportunity for students who are either pursuing or are considering pursing legal and/or criminal justice-related careers. The selected students will support the Bureaus’ ongoing litigation docket, develop legal skills and work directly with attorneys, support staff and other professionals. Students with immediate availability are preferred.
The duties of the Student Assistant will include, but not be limited to the following:
· Assisting with Legal Filings
o Cite-checking, formatting and proofreading briefs and other documents;
o Conducting basic searches using Westlaw or Lexis;
o Creating tables of contents and tables of authority; and
o Assisting with submitting filings.
· Providing eDiscovery Support
o Searching for documents for deposition preparation and preparing deposition summaries;
o Tagging, reviewing and organizing documents for production as well as incoming document production;
o Maintaining discovery request logs and tracking what has been received and what is outstanding; and
o Coordinating as needed with the OAG’s Practice Technologies Group on technical issues.
· Assisting with other legal and office support functions as assigned.
· There may be opportunities for the Student Assistant to complete research and writing assignments, as well as assist with witness interviews and trial preparations.
Required qualifications for the Student Assistant are as follows:
· Enrollment in a full-time graduate or undergraduate degree program;
· Excellent organizational, proofreading, and multitasking skills;
· Strong research and analytical abilities as well as verbal and written communication skills;
· Proactive with the ability to self-manage assignments and deadlines;
· Capable of working well both independently and as a member of a team; and
· Strong technology skills and proficiency using Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
Preferred qualifications for the Student Assistant are as follows:
· Students who are pursuing degrees in a relevant area of study such as pre-law, legal/paralegal studies, criminal justice, etc.;
· Prior work experience in a legal setting;
· Familiarity with and experience using legal research and eDiscovery applications; and
· Fluency in other languages (e.g., Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, Korean, etc.).
- As OAG employees continue to return to the workplace, students will begin their placements working remotely. OAG Leadership is continuously evaluating the situation, and we hope to provide students with the option of working in-person as soon as possible.
- Applications from students who are entering their first year of college/university during the fall 2021 semester will not be considered.
- To be eligible for a paid placement, applicants must be able to demonstrate they are full-time graduate or undergraduate students in good academic standing as defined by their schools.
- Applicants must be available to work between 15 and 30 hours per week during regular business hours. Students with availability for the full 2021-22 academic year, including winter break, are preferred.
- The selected candidate will be hired as a student assistant and paid hourly at the graduate student rate, which is $15.28, or the undergraduate student rate, which is $15.00.
- Applications will be accepted online and this placement will be filled on a rolling basis.
- Applicants must be available by video conference for interviews.
- U.S. citizenship and NYS residency are not required, but applicants must be eligible to be employed in the U.S.
- Applicants are encouraged to learn more about the OAG prior to submitting their applications by visiting the Divisions and Bureaus and Media sections of the OAG website.
How to Apply
The following section provides detailed information about the application process and application requirements. Please review all of the instructions before applying online here: www.ag.ny.gov/job-postings.
Applications are being received online.
- The following documents are required for each application that is submitted:
– You may address to Legal Recruitment.
– Indicate your bureau preference, either Labor or Civil Rights. Please note, final bureau placements will be based upon the needs of the OAG.
– Indicate why you are interested in a placement with the OAG and why you are the best candidate.
– Indicate your availability and preferred work schedule.
¨ Current resume
¨ List of three (3) references
– Only submit professional (i.e., supervisor or professor) references.
– Indicate the nature and duration of your relationship to each reference.
– Include contact information and email addresses for each reference.
– Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
– Please provide a sample that best demonstrates your writing, grammatical and analytical abilities.
Failure to submit a complete application will delay the consideration of your candidacy.
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If you have questions about a student placement with the OAG, the application process or need assistance with submitting your application, please contact the Legal Recruitment via email at email@example.com.