Paralegal Specialist (Hybrid)

Recruitment #240627-6142AR-001


The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) is hiring a Paralegal Specialist at the Office of Legal and Governmental Affairs.



    • Full Time, 40 hours per week.
    • Monday through Friday.
    • First Shift.
    • Hybrid (a combination of in-office/telework).
    • Location: Downtown Hartford, easily accessible for all commuters.

      THE ROLE
      The Paralegal Specialist will work at the Office of Legal and Governmental Affairs at the State Department of Education. Daily functions will include, but are not limited to performing legal research, and processing Freedom of Information requests. The successful candidate will report to the Legal Director and will support four (4) Staff Attorneys. The ideal candidate:
      • Will have familiarity with LexisNexis.
      • Will have knowledge of State and Federal laws pertaining to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, and will process these requests.
      • May coordinate administrative hearings.
      • May have experience working within an educational environment.
      • Performs related duties as required.
      ABOUT US
      CSDE is the administrative arm of the Connecticut State Board of Education. Through leadership, curriculum, research, planning, evaluation, assessment, data analyses and other assistance, the CSDE helps to ensure equal opportunity and excellence in education for all Connecticut students. 

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      Selection Plan

      TO APPLY

      • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
      • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
      • In order to receive educational credits toward qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited.  If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the recruiter listed on this job posting. 
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      In a state agency this class is accountable for providing advanced paralegal support in a highly complex legal unit. This class provides advanced technical leadership, research and consultation in the areas of preparing draft legal documents and draft decisions of highly complex cases, and is a resource regarding issues, procedures, process and timeframe as related to cases and presenting legal matters as needed.


      Performs highly complex paralegal duties as defined in one or both of the following areas:


      • Interprets complex state statutes and federal regulations governing legal records and documents; 
      • Determines and applies applicable state statute and/or regulation in preparing documentation; 
      • Interprets court rules and agency policies and regulations; 
      • Keeps abreast of the latest court rules, calendar changes and pending legislation; 
      • Monitors and adheres to court deadlines; 
      • Reviews legal documents and prepares legal documents such as briefs, writs and pleadings for court filings; 
      • Responds to relevant case information requests from courts; 
      • Performs legal research and analysis of law sources such as statutes, legal articles, legal decisions, opinions, rulings, memoranda and other legal material; 
      • Prepares draft legal documents; 
      • Provides assistance in the discovery process; 
      • Provides paralegal assistance by interpreting applicable legal provisions, regulations, precedents and policies; 
      • Responds to requests and obtains information of sensitive nature; 
      • Acts as liaison between agency, court system, relevant attorney’s offices and general public; 
      • Serves as agency liaison regarding relevant policies and procedures; 
      • Prepares legal and administrative reports; 
      • Updates and maintains case records, pleadings, policy manuals and filing systems; 
      • Assists in the drafting of proposed legislation and advisory opinions; provides training and assistance to staff; 
      • May perform business mathematical computations; 
      • Performs related duties as required.


      • Analyzes highly complex cases; 
      • Develops positions and strategies to settle or litigate cases at formal or informal hearings; 
      • Prepares for and represents the state’s interest at hearings or through case presentation; 
      • Researches and gathers relevant evidence and documentation; 
      • Interviews witnesses and clients; 
      • Drafts legal documents, complaints, stipulations, detailed memoranda, letters and proposed findings and awards reviews substantiation appeals and provides recommendation to management regarding the legal sufficiency of substantiation findings; 
      • Performs related duties as required.


      • Considerable knowledge of
        • legal processes and procedures; 
        • legal terminology and legal forms; 
        • legal research techniques; 
      • Knowledge of
        • relevant agency policies and procedures; 
        • and the ability to interpret and apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes, regulations and legislation; 
      • Considerable
        • interpersonal skills; 
        • oral and written communication skills;
        • skill in fact finding techniques including interviewing clients and compiling evidence; 
      • Considerable ability to
        • evaluate pertinent facts, cases and evidence and compile and assemble such legal data; 
        • compose correspondence and draft legal documents; 
      • Ability to
        • understand complex laws and related reports; 
        • utilize computer software.


      The General Experience is defined as one of the following:

      • A Bachelor’s degree in legal studies and one (1) year of experience providing paraprofessional legal assistance to an attorney; OR
      • An Associate’s degree in legal studies and three (3) years of experience providing paraprofessional legal assistance to an attorney; OR
      • Completion of a Paralegal or Legal Assistance Certificate Program approved by the American Bar Association and three (3) years of experience providing paraprofessional legal assistance to an attorney; OR
      • Completion of a Paralegal or Legal Assistance Certificate Program consisting of a minimum of twenty-four (24) semester hours from an accredited college or university and four (4) years of experience providing paraprofessional legal assistance to an attorney; OR
      • Completion of a Paralegal or Legal Assistance Certificate Program from a business school approved by the State of Connecticut, Office of Higher Education and four (4) years of experience providing paraprofessional legal assistance to an attorney; OR
      • A Law degree from an accredited Law School.


      • Experience researching information using LexisNexis.
      • Experience with Freedom of Information laws and federal student privacy laws.
      • Experience working in a legal environment managing competing priorities.
      • Experience drafting and reviewing legal documents.
      • Experience conducting legal research.
      • Experience coordinating administrative hearings.


      The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


      As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.