The Legal Assistant provides legal and administrative assistance to counsel and participates in the delivery of a full range of legal and administrative support services.
- Identify and analyze legal and administrative information on various issues.
- Organize, prepare and process documents for filing in legal proceedings before the Federal Court and other Courts or tribunals.
- Prepare, proofread and/or edit correspondence and reports etc. for counsel according to rules of procedures, legal correspondence standards, Department of Justice, CSIS and Unit policies and procedures.
- Monitor, review and sort, both electronic and paper correspondence to determine nature of the issues, prioritize and action as required.
- Correspond and liaise with the Court/Tribunal, Department of Justice, CSIS and other government officials, etc. regarding a variety of issues (either legal or administrative in nature).
- Coordinate meetings and presentations for counsel and manage their agendas, which can include taking minutes of meetings, retrieving and analysing relevant information for counsel, developing agendas, and providing appropriate follow-up services.
- Perform basic legal research, locate and retrieve case law and legislation, by using a variety of databases.
- Maintain legal files by monitoring developments, (including use of bring forward BF system) organizing, reviewing, maintaining general knowledge of issues in accordance with legal practice standards and Department of Justice procedures.
- Participate in the delivery of support services as part of the legal and administrative support team.
Community College Certificate (1 year) in Law, Law Clerk, Paralegal and/or Legal Assistant and four (4) years of related experience*.
The educational program must be from an accredited learning institution recognized in Canada.
If you completed a program outside of Canada you will be required to obtain proof of a Canadian equivalency at your expense through a recognized credential assessment service.
*Experience as a Legal Assistant or Paralegal in a legal firm/office/department and/or experience working as an Administrative Assistant where legal matters constituted a substantial part of the day to day work.
Candidates must also possess:
- Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, including extensive experience with Word
- Experience having searched and retrieved information from Canlii, Quicklaw or Westlaw
- Experience in providing services related to litigation matters or in providing legal research services used by counsel in developing and providing legal advice
- Organizational Skills/Multitasking
Conditions of Employment
Flexibility is required in relation to the work scheduled that may extend beyond core hours of work based on operational requirements.