Legal Specialist / Paralegal - Office of Compliance Programs & Legal Affairs

New York City, New York (Manhattan) County
Jun 15, 2014
The City University of New York (CUNY) is the nation's leading urban public university serving more than 480,000 students in a wide range of educational programs at 24 colleges and institutions in New York City.
Job ID: 10882

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Supports a College or University unit by providing research and managing documents for legal matters of various kinds.

- Supports a College or University unit in research and managing documents for legal matters of various kinds

- Performs research and writing activities; prepare opinions, reports and drafts of research activities

- Develops and drafts legal documents, filings, charges, grievance and disciplinary decisions, and similar items

- Assists in preparing for litigation or hearings; compiles and analyzes legal data pertinent to cases; prepares summaries

- Researches, gathers, and compiles case data; studies provisions and nuances of contract, collective bargaining agreements, CUNY policies, and laws or regulations and fulfills requests for information

- Files and indexes case studies, actions, contracts, decisions, and other legal documents

- May perform paralegal duties in a specialized unit, such as labor relations, contracts, or student immigration support

- Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name:  Legal Specialist - Paralegal


Higher Education Assistant




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Reporting to the Executive Director, Compliance Programs & Legal Affairs (CPLA), the Legal Specialist will maintain, organize, and manage all case related materials.

He/she will liaise with technical personnel when more sophisticated searching and retrieval methodologies are required and coordinate preparation of exhibit tracking databases for case files. Ensure proper indexing and filing of original legal documents. Organize and maintain exhibits and coordinate integration of exhibit index logs with case databases. Identify and resolve problems in a timely manner; gather and analyze information skillfully. Write clearly and informatively; edit work for spelling and grammar; vary writing style to meet needs; and interprets written information. He/she will also be responsible for updating content on the CPLA website.


Bachelor's Degree and four years' related experience required.


Minimum of 4 years' experience in a major law firm performing all aspects of electronic document management. Familiarity with legal software systems such as eDiscovery, AbacusLaw, LexisNexis, Mercus Case, PCLaw, PerfectLaw or other similar programs.


Compensation for this position is commensurate with salary history, experience, and credentials.


CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on job title and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans.  Part-time employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria to be eligible for health benefits. Health benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria.


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*In order to be considered for this position, applicants must include a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references. Please upload these as ONE document in rtf, doc, or pdf format.


June 28, 2014


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