Paralegal I

County of Riverside
$57,974 - $78,407 Per year CA 3960 Orange St, Riverside, CA 92501, United States Apply before 5/22/2024 11:59



The Riverside County Office of The District Attorney is accepting applications for a Paralegal I for the Indio office. This position performs a broad range of paralegal duties for one or more attorneys engaged in administrative, civil, or criminal law; assists in the preparation of cases for trial and hearing matters; prepares exhibits, witnesses, and indexes documents for trial, and performs other related duties as required.

The most competitive candidates will be those that have experience within a law office. 

Meet the Team!


, as the public prosecutor acting on behalf of the People, vigorously enforces the law, pursues the truth, protects those victimized by crime, exonerates the innocent, and safeguards the rights of all to ensure that justice is done on behalf of our community.  The office’s staff of over 700 is comprised of prosecuting attorneys, sworn investigators, victim-witness advocates, paralegals, investigative technicians, forensic analysts, and a wide range of information technology and supporting staff all committed to excellence and integrity in public service.  We are, and we seek to maintain, a diverse workforce to match a diverse county.


• Research and analyze law sources (i.e., statutes, ordinances, court decisions, criminal pleadings, police reports, legal documents, and articles) for use in preparing legal documents (i.e., briefs, pleadings, contracts, deeds, opinions, etc.), for review, approval, and use by an attorney.

• Interview witnesses, defendants, and others in civil or criminal cases for pre-trial or pre-hearing declarations; respond to propounding discovery and discovery requests. 

• Correspond with clients and witnesses; collect client background information; assist in the identification of rehabilitative placement resources; research and identify placement resources for alternative sentencing of clients and assist in the placement therein of clients.

• Draft motions, memoranda of points and authorities, interrogatories and answers, complaints and answers, cross-claims, affidavits, briefs, and declarations. 

• Review legal documents and forms for completeness and conformance to specific requirements set forth in applicable legal codes. 

• Review and process requests for criminal record background information in order to determine the existence or non-existence of prior convictions. obtain criminal record information and related documents and screen for legal sufficiency.

• Gather factual information and perform routine legal research to assist an attorney in determining appropriate legal action. 

• Perform preliminary analysis of legislative bills and research legislative histories. 

• Summarize, organize, and index prior opinions, testimony, depositions, and documentary material from interrogatories; organize and index trial documents; prepare exhibits and assist attorneys at trial by keeping track of exhibits, testimony and documents.



  Successful completion of the education required by the State of California pursuant to the California Business and Professions Codes Chapter 5.6 Paralegals 6450 (c).

Education Options:

(1) A certificate of completion of a paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association.

(2) A certificate of completion of a paralegal program at, or a degree from, a postsecondary institution that requires the successful completion of a minimum of 24 semester, or equivalent, units in law-related courses and that has been accredited by a national or regional accrediting organization or approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education.

(3) A baccalaureate degree or an advanced degree in any subject, a minimum of one year of law-related experience under the supervision of an attorney who has been an active member of the State Bar of California for at least the preceding three years or who has practiced in the federal courts of this state for at least the preceding three years, and a written declaration from this attorney stating that the person is qualified to perform paralegal tasks.

Upload a copy of your certificate of completion or degree of a paralegal program as an attachment to your Government Jobs account at the time of application.


None required.

Knowledge of:

Principles of civil and criminal law and their application; legal research methods and techniques; preparation of briefs and opinions; resources available in a law library; trial and hearing procedures and rules of evidence; County government functions and legal responsibilities.

Ability to:

Perform legal research; interview witnesses; analyze legal problems; prepare drafts of legal documents; present statements of fact and law; argue clearly and logically in written and oral form; interpret applicable state and federal codes, laws, and statutes; work cooperatively with others.

Other Requirements
Must maintain a current paralegal certification or degree by certified completion of the mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE) post-employment standards. The Paralegal series is required to certify completion of MCLE credits every two years pursuant to the California Business and Professions Code Chapter 5.6 Paralegals 6450 (d). 


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