Legal Clerk II

City Attorney

Exempt | Location: Civic Center

Annual Salary

$46,562.00 - $68,068.00

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job description

Salary Range: 
$46,562 - $68,068

About Us
The Los Angeles City Attorney's office is one of the nation's largest municipal law offices. With over 1,000 legal professionals, including 500 attorneys, the Office provides the City with the highest caliber of legal services, ranging from prosecuting criminal misdemeanors and playing a leading role in criminal justice reform, advising on homelessness initiatives, defending civil lawsuits and claims, and bringing civil enforcement actions in the name of the People of the State of California.
Guided by an overarching commitment to integrity, accountability and transparency, we find great meaning in the work we do and the services we provide.

Duties and Responsibilities
The responsibilities of this position include performing routine to moderately difficult legal clerical work; type various documents from plain or corrected copy, rough draft or dictating equipment. Compose and type correspondence of a routine nature by following general instructions as to content or by referring to records of previous correspondence. Sorts, classifies, indexes, cross-references, photocopies and files legal correspondence, memoranda, reports, contracts, complaints, citations, accident reports, claims, statistical and financial tabulations, court calendars, legal opinions and other documents. May act as a receptionist, assisting callers in person or on the telephone by answering questions, receiving and recording requests and complaints, and referring callers to proper sources. Ordering and organizing supplies; and other duties as assigned.

Applicants are required to submit typing certificate with typing speed of at least 45 wpm net with no more than five (5) errors. Candidates who meet the typing criteria will be scheduled for a spelling test. You must pass the spelling test with no more than five (5) errors maximum. Additional requirements include:

  • Must be an accurate typist
  • Detail oriented;
  • Must have initiative
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Enjoys extensive telephone contact with the public;
  • Able to handle multiple tasks;
  • Able to work under pressure with a minimum amount of supervision;
  • Enjoys working in a team environment;
  • Reliable attendance and punctuality are mandatory; and
  • Applicants must be able to lift boxes (up to 25 lbs).

Desired Qualifications
Applicants should be proficient in Microsoft Word. Applicants should have knowledge of legal procedures and terminology. Knowledge of the Criminal Case Management System and the Trial Court Information System is desirable.

Benefits Offered

  • Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Tax-Advantage Spending Accounts
  • Retirement Plan (LACERS)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457(b))
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program
  • Paid Time Off 
    • 13 Yearly Holidays
    • Vacation
    • Personal Leave
    • Floating Holidays
    • Sick Leave
    • Bereavement Leave

This position may qualify for up to 3 days of telework per week.

Current Location
Position is subject to assignment at any location within the County of Los Angeles.

Appointment to this exempt position (non Civil-Service) will be subject to a one (1) Year probationary period as required by Section 1050 of the City Charter. Successful completion of the one (1) year probationary period will result in tenure with the office.

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Applicants for the position of Legal Clerk i are required to submit a typing certification to demonstrate they meet the minimum typing requirements. Candidates who fail to provide a typing certification will be disqualified from the examination process. The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office will not be administering typing tests to candidates. The typing certification must be issued by an agency or an accredited school within the last 12 months. On-line issued typing certification will not be accepted.

The typing certification must meet the minimum 35 net words per minute, have no more than five (5) errors, and be scored according to the following method: 5 minute timed typing exercise, showing a gross rate of speed and a net speed calculated by deducting one (1) word per minute for each error in the exercise.

Certification may be in the form of a certificate, letter, or test results form and must contain the following:
· Agency’s official emblem or watermark
· Name of applicant
· Number of minutes of the timed typing test
· Number of gross words per minute
· Number of net words per minute
· Number of errors
· Date of certificate
· Signature of person certifying the certificate
· Address and telephone number of agency

The above information MUST be included on the certification. Applicants WILL NOT be contacted to correct the deficiency.
On the next page is a list of suggested local agencies and schools that administer typing tests and issue certification. It is advised that you call first to see if an appointment is required to take the typing test. Additional agencies that may provide typing certification can be found on by entering the desired zip code.


How to apply

Application and Deadline
Interested candidates are required to submit the following documents in one (1) merged PDF file: resume, typing certificate, and cover letter specifying LEGAL CLERK II – Various Sections #862 to

*The City Attorney’s Office will not be administering typing tests. See the attached “Typing Certification Requirements.”

Applicants who meet the Typing Certification Requirement will be scheduled for a Spelling Test.  Candidates who pass the spelling test will be added to the Legal Clerk II Candidate Pool.  Selected applicants will be contacted to interview.  This position will remain open until filled.