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CLOSED: Lewis & Clark County Seeking Legal Secretary I

Posted Date: 
September 6, 2017

Position Details

Title:  Legal Secretary I
Status:  Regular, Full-time, Exempt
Pay:  $15.72/hour
Closing Date:  October 25th, 2017

Under general supervision of the County Attorney, this position provides entry level legal secretarial and clerical support services to assist county attorneys and other legal staff.

Required Qualifications

High school diploma or GED, training in office administration practices, and one (1) year of office experience.  Previous legal experience preferred.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides entry level legal secretarial and clerical support services to assist county attorneys and other legal staff;
  • Maintains, records and tracks documents to manage case files;
  • Formats, prepares, and proofreads legal documents and pleadings according to established procedures;
  • Inputs data in case management software;
  •  Maintains court calendars and dockets, and arranges hearings and meetings;
  • Handles routine correspondence and schedules appointments;
  • Liaisons between judges, attorneys, court officials, respondents, other agencies and the public;
  • Assists in collecting information and completing forms;
  • Provides communication and coordination of information;
  • Safeguards the confidentiality of information;
  • Provides receptionist services to direct and assist anyone doing business with the office;
  • Assists in managing misdemeanor cases in Justice Court, involuntary mental health commitments, District Court cases, Supreme Court appeals, civil cases, felony cases;
  • Provides legal estate services for County residents who die intestate, including inventorying, liquidating and accounting for all estate items in public administration cases;
  • Occasional local travel for documents and supplies;
  • Occasional local fieldwork for intestate inventories;
  • Coordinates services and communication with victims, family members and witnesses;
  • Assists in ordering supplies and equipment for office;

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Examples of Knowledge

  • Montana Code Annotated, County regulations and federal laws;
  • Legal processes and procedures;
  • Court policies and procedures;
  • Department procedures, and county policies and procedures;
  • Legal secretarial administrative and clerical practices and procedures;
  • Legal office methods, legal terminology, and drafting legal documents;
  • Word processing and spreadsheet applications;
  • Managing case load systems;
  • Observing and maintaining confidentiality regulations and requirements;
  • Structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Examples of Skills and Abilities

  • Understand legal terminology;
  • Maintain files and records according to prescribed methods;
  • Maintain confidentiality of individuals and matters;
  • Prepare, understand, and edit legal documents;
  • Use common office machines, including computers, multi-line telephones,  and software programs;
  • Understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures, and instructions;
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing;
  • Establish effective working relationships with fellow employees, representatives of other departments/agencies and citizens.

Special Requirements

Must be able to move or lift documents and materials weighing up to 30 pounds.  Possible exposure to potentially hazardous substances or conditions when conducting fieldwork.

Application Instructions

Applications for this position are accepted online only through our career portal at The following items are required along with the on-line application:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter

If you have questions about this position or about the selection process you can e-mail or call Emily at (406) 447-8317.