Occ. Code 6500900




New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard


            Incumbents of these positions perform a variety of routine legal, para-legal, and clerical duties under the direct supervision of an Attorney admitted to the New York State Bar, who assigns, reviews and approves all work.  All positions are temporary and may be encumbered only by bona fide full-time students of law schools recognized by the New York State Education Department.  Incumbents usually work part-time during regular law school sessions but may work full-time during school recesses.


            Positions are located in the legal office of many State agencies.


            LEGAL AIDE, under the direct supervision of an Attorney, gains experience in legal work by assisting professional staff in support of an agency legal program:  conducts legal research and analyzes legal decisions, opinions, rulings, and memoranda by selecting principles of law and preparing digests of the points of law involved; selects, assembles, and compiles information on statutes, rules of procedure, regulations, other legal instruments, and specific legal subjects; maintains records and indices of law cases; Shephardizes cases and statutes using Shephard's Citations; obtains copies of legislative bills and maintains records of the progress of proposed legislation of interest to the agency; secures information on court sessions and calendars or on administrative hearing calendars and informs legal staff when cases will be called; prepares preliminary drafts of agreements and resolutions, pleadings, opinions, extracts of depositions, etc.; may conduct preliminary interviews of witness; may assist in maintaining agency law library by locating or re-shelving books and adding new materials; and composes routine legal correspondence.  MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Candidates must be currently enrolled as full-time students at a law school recognized by the New York State Education Department.




NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.