Job Announcement

Temporary Paralegal
Office of Disciplinary Counsel, Bismarck, ND

This is planned to be a long-term temporary position working approximately 20 hours per week. The position is eligible to be extended every biennium based on funding.

Closing Date:January 16, 2018, at 11:59 p.m.
Exemption Status:Non-Exempt

Salary & Benefits:
$2,000 per month; 20 hours per week. This position is not eligible for state benefits paid for by the North Dakota Court System. Temporary employees are eligible to participate in the retirement and life insurance programs at the employee’s expense.

Interested applicants must submit the following: 1) resume; 2) cover letter with a summary explaining how the applicant's work experience is related to the responsibilities and essential functions and minimum/preferred qualifications; 3) three professional references; 4) college transcripts; and 5) writing sample.

Requires a two-year college degree.  Preference given to persons with paralegal or similar legal education equivalent degrees.  Preference also given to persons with legal office experience and/or work experience as a paralegal.

Application Process:
Applications must be submitted online at by 11:59 p.m., on January 16, 2018. Any form of paper or other electronic application will not be accepted.

The successful candidate will be subject to a criminal background check.

Persons needing accommodation or assistance in the application process may call Human Resources at (701) 328-4216.

Summary of Work:
The Paralegal will be responsible for investigating allegations of ethical misconduct by lawyers.

Responsibilities & Essential Functions:
1. Interviews complainants, respondent attorneys, and any witnesses.

2. Performs legal research and conducts legal analysis for review by an attorney.

3. Prepares draft investigative reports, memorandums of interviews, legal documents, letters, and other correspondence for review by attorneys.

4. Uses communication skills to effectively deal with various personalities and issues arising from complaints.

5. Organizes and prioritizes work.

6. Meets deadlines.

7. Maintains files and calendars.

8. Performs other miscellaneous duties as assigned by the Disciplinary Counsel.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
1. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
2. Ability to conduct legal research and analysis of complex legal issues which will be reviewed by an attorney
3. Excellent time management and organization skills.
4. The judgment, reliability, and willingness to devote the time and energy necessary to conduct complete investigations.
5. Knowledge and skills in the use of computers for preparing letters, legal documents, reports, memorandums, data entry, and other correspondence and forms. Experience with Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel required.
6. Requires high degree of confidentiality, and a high degree of communication skills to deal with complainants, respondent attorneys, potential witnesses, and the general public.

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

An Equal Opportunity Employer:
The State of North Dakota does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, genetic information, or disability in employment or the provision of services, and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.