County of Alameda

Legal Secretary (#1240)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Clerical (010)
$26.30-$31.24 Hourly / $1,972.50-$2,343.00 BiWeekly /
$4,273.75-$5,076.50 Monthly / $51,285.00-$60,918.00 Yearly

Under general supervision, to independently perform a variety of legal secretarial duties that includes detailed, high level administrative support for a team comprised of attorneys, investigators, social workers, and caseworkers in a criminal defense practice or child support setting; and to do other related work as required.


Positions in this class are located in the Office of the Public Defender and in the Department of Child Support Services (DCSS).  This classification is distinguished from the classification of Secretary I, Secretary II, and Administrative Secretary in that the incumbents perform a wide variety of high volume, moderate to difficult, legal secretarial and clerical work which includes composing, typing, processing, and organizing a variety of legal documents, correspondences, digital media, and other materials.  Incumbents support attorneys, investigators, social workers, and/or caseworkers, but receive supervision and training from a department supervisor.

NOTE:  The following are duties performed by employees in this classification.  However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level.  Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1.  Produce and transcribe a variety of legal documents which may include transcription of recorded statements and interviews.  Record, upload and transfer digital media.

2.  Prepare legal documents which may include briefs, orders, motions, petitions, information, subpoenas, affidavits, pleadings, contracts, reports, memos, forms, editable computer files, witness and client interviews and correspondence from transcription, rough draft, oral instruction, and dictation.

3.  Create and edit documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and other correspondence of a general and confidential nature through oral and written instructions. 

4.  Compose routine correspondence regarding the status of a particular case or action. 

5.  Respond to inquires made in person, in writing, and over the telephone, relaying accurate and timely information to staff, court personnel, judges, witnesses, clients, and the general public.  Exercise judgement, discretion, and confidentiality in providing information requested.

6.  Set up, organize and maintain attorney files, trial binders, and index for quick reference; close court ordered dismissed cases, notify all concerned parties and prepare for storage. 

7.  Review and revise legal documents for correctness and completeness; file legal documents with court clerks and obtain judge's signature, if necessary, on court orders and pleadings in a timely manner; schedule hearing dates; send necessary copies to persons involved.

8.  Prepare briefs and file in the Superior Court, California Court of Appeals and California Supreme Court.

9.  Research applicable code sections; review relevant subject matter.  Provide other research support as requested. 

10. Maintain control records of activities as required, including work received, status of work in progress, work completed; prepare statistical summaries of work activities.

11. Operate office equipment such as computer, copier, scanner, fax machine; act as relief telephone operator.  Act as resource for, and assist attorneys, social workers and investigators in using software applications and office equipment.

12. Maintain and extract appropriate data from a large database of information.

13. Separate and route incoming mail; receive a charge out supplies.

14. Provide back-up assistance to other support staff as requested.

15. Assist with office duties such as ordering and organizing supplies and equipment, coordinating building services, and, serving as a point of contact with other County departments and service providers.

Either I
The equivalent of one year full-time experience as a Specialist Clerk I or an equivalent or higher classification in the Alameda County Classified service.

The equivalent of two years full-time experience performing clerical and administrative support.

Special Requirement:
Must be able to type a minimum of 60 net works per minute from clear copy.

For position located in DCSS:

Possession of valid California Driver's License is required.

Ability and willingness to drive/travel to, and work from, any assigned Alameda County Superior Court location on a regular and as needed basis.

A thorough pre-employment background investigation, including fingerprinting, will be conducted of all candidates who have accepted a conditional offer of employment to ensure they are suitable for child support related work.

NOTE:  The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE:  The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Example of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:
  • Legal terminology, general legal forms and documents.
  • Business English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary and punctuation.
  • Modern office practices, procedures and equipment.
  • Alphabetical and numerical sequences used in filing.
  • Proper telephone etiquette and procedures.
  • Law office practice, work procedures and equipment practices.
  • Functions of the Office of the Public Defender or Department of Child Support Services as applicable.
  • Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Applicable practice terminology, statuses, and court rules.
Ability to:
  • Identify and correct Basic English usage errors in documents.
  • Prepare legal documents from general instructions.
  • Organize and maintain legal files and records.
  • Plan and organize.
  • Make decisions and use good judgement.
  • Analyze and problem solve.
  • Work independently in the absence of specific instructions. 
  • Interpersonal sensitivity.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Compose correspondence independently.

Old document: JGS:mad-06/88
JGS:db-Revised 08/90
RE:pf-Revised 06/95
RE:lm-Revised 02/96
New document: Jobspecs/1240
CSC Date: 02/21/96
EL:jf Revision 04/05/17
CSC Date 05/10/17
LC:ah Revised 11/30/18
CSC Date: 01/16/19


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.