San Jose

Legal Analyst I/II (Litigation Paralegal) - City Attorney's Office

South Bay
Until filled
$71,219.20-$94,452.80 Annually


200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, 95113


This position is responsible for performing paralegal duties in connection with the Litigation Department requiring both sound judgment and good technical skills. These duties may include, but are not limited to drafting pleadings and discovery, preparing administrative records, responding to public record act requests, summarizing records and assisting attorneys with  management of  case files.

Depending upon qualifications, the successful candidate may be hired at the Legal Analyst I or Legal Analyst II level.  The annual salary range for a Legal Analyst I is  $71,219.20 to $86,590.40 and the annual salary range for a Legal Analyst II is  $77,729.60 to $94,452.80.

In addition to the starting salary, employees in the Legal Analyst classification shall also receive an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable pay. The actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate’s qualifications and experience.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this department.  If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

Ideal Candidate

Minimum Qualifications:

Any combination of training and experience equivalent to:  

  1. Education:  Successful completion of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.  

  2. Experience:  Legal Analyst I:  Three years of increasingly responsible investigations or paralegal experience performing investigations, processing liability claims, OR researching and preparing legal documents such as discovery documents, pleadings, contracts, ordinances, or resolutions.  Legal Analyst II:  Five years of increasingly responsible investigations or paralegal experience performing investigations, processing liability claims, OR researching and preparing legal documents such as discovery documents, pleadings, contracts, ordinances, or resolutions.

  3.  Acceptable Substitution: An Associates Degree OR 60 semester units/90 quarter units from an accredited college or university AND additional years of increasingly responsible investigations or paralegal work experience may be substituted on a year for year basis for up to two (2) years of the education requirement.

    Completion of a Paralegal program, including possession of a Paralegal Certificate, may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience OR one (1) year of the education requirement.

  4. Required Licensing: Possession of a valid State of California driver’s license.

  5. Employment Eligibility:  Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country.  Please be informed that the City of San José will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.


The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history.  Desirable competencies for this position include:

  • Job Expertise - Demonstrates experience working in a litigation paralegal position, which includes current civil litigation paralegal  work experience and most of the following tasks:  Drafting discovery , document assembling, organizing and summarizing; conducting factual investigations, preparing witnesses for deposition and trial, and assisting attorneys with preparation for trial.

  • Communication Skills – Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts.

  • Computer Skills - Experienced with applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel, Adobe Acrobat Professional, and Prolaw (or similar document management tool).

  • Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills - Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.

  • Analytical Thinking – Approaches a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.

  • Initiative – Exhibits resourceful behaviors toward meeting job objectives; anticipates problems, is proactive, and avoids difficulties by analysis and planning ; displays willingness to assume extra responsibility and challenges; pursues continuing education opportunities that promotes job performance.

  • Problem Solving – Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem(s); collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.

Selection Process

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application, resume, answers to the job-specific questions, practical exercises, interview, references, and background check, including obtaining criminal history records.  Only those candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be forwarded to the interview and practical exercise phases of the selection process.

You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process.  Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text response. 

  • Please describe your paralegal work history, including current civil defense experience, including: (1) the type(s) of cases you have worked on, (2) plaintiff or defense, (3) and any particular area(s) of expertise.

  • Please describe your experience drafting discovery, including: (1) the type(s) discovery drafted, (2) the area of law in which you worked related to the documents, and (3) jurisdiction(s).

  • Please describe your educational background that qualifies you for this position, including: (1) paralegal studies or completed legal studies programs, (2) legal or college level coursework, which could be an Associates or Bachelor’s degree, and (3) completed paralegal program or paralegal certificate or law degree.

  • Have you worked on a group project in your employment in the legal sector?  Please describe an example where you worked collaboratively with other employees or work groups. What was the outcome?

You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.

If you have any questions concerning the duties of this position, the selection or hiring processes, please contact LaVerne Washington at or (408) 535-1979.