Placer Employment Opportunities

Student Legal Assistant

Recruitment #2022-14106-01


Placer County is comprised of over 1,400 square miles of beautiful and diverse geography, ranging from the residential and commercial areas of South Placer, westward through the historic foothill areas of Auburn, Foresthill, and Colfax, and to the County's jewel of the North Lake Tahoe basin. Placer is a great place to live, work, play and learn. For more information about Placer County, please visit


This continuous recruitment will remain open for the calendar year, or until the final filing date, whichever occurs first. The eligible list established from this continuous recruitment will expire by the end of the calendar year. Applicants will be eligible to reapply if a new recruitment opens the following calendar year.

Temporary/Extra-help assignments are limited to 28 hours per week with a cap of 999 hours (or 960 hours for CalPERS retired annuitants) in a fiscal year and are not eligible for benefits. 

For more information about the Placer County District Attorney’s Office, visit our website at


Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees. The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. Applicants should inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

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For more information regarding the benefits Placer County has to offer please visit Placer County's Human Resources website.



To provide general assistance to legal staff; and to perform legal research and other work associated with the activities of a law office.


Receives general supervision from attorney staff.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Analyze legal problems; conduct routine legal research.
  • Prepare drafts of resolutions and legislative measures; prepare memoranda for judges or attorneys in writing orders and opinions.
  • Ascertain the last amended form of the statutory law on a given subject; compile, annotate, and index provisions of law and information regarding court decisions.
  • Assist in the work of a law library; maintain records and indexes of legal cases.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

Experience and Training

Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: None required.

Training: Equivalent to the successful completion of one academic year in a recognized law school.

Required License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.

Note: This class is designed to afford law students an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the County's legal work.  It enables County departments to utilize the services of law students for subprofessional work during the course of their legal training and facilitates more effective recruitment of applicants for legal careers in County service.  Use of the class is restricted to bonafide law students and recent law graduates pending admission to the California State Bar.  Student Legal Assistants are assigned duties and responsibilities at a level commensurate with their training and background. The class is not intended to be used to permit employees to remain permanently in the County service, and tenure is restricted to temporary employment.


Knowledge of:

  • Legal principles and their applications.
  • Basic methods of legal research, discovery and fact investigation.
  • Principles of legal writing.
  • Use of legal reference works and legal terms to a degree corresponding to the extent of the student's legal training.
  • Judicial structure.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, sit at a desk while preparing cases; communicate through written and oral means.
  • On a continuous basis, analyze a case and determine the law's application; interpret the applicable law or statute; know basic legal research methods; remember and understand case law and statutes; and explain case status to staff as required.
  • Reason logically; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Perform basic legal research.
  • Draft basic legal proceedings.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination (which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation), sign a constitutional oath, and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph), and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn.


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination, and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer, and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race (including traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, ancestry, religion (including creed and belief), national origin, citizenship, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over),  marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including parental status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), political orientation, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.


For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Preciosa Ayala-Burkhardt, Administrative Technician, at or (530) 886-4637.

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