Legal Assistant

Job Summary
The successful candidate will provide paralegal, administrative, and clerical support to one or more University attorneys with practices focused on transactions and a broad range of other higher education practice areas. The candidate will also share office tasks with other support staff.

Essential Functions:

  • Answer phones, handle calendar and greet visitors.
  • Draft corporate resolutions and manage real estate and finance closings.
  • Draft memoranda, correspondence and contracts.
  • Organize, analyze and maintain Time Matters database files, corporate records and patent and litigation files.
  • Develop internal procedures for managing recurring events and/or issues, and train and assist other staff members in implementation.
  • Perform basic legal research and preliminary analysis of issues.
  • Assist in responding to discovery and other litigation related requests.
  • Assist with ordering supplies, processing mail, accounts payable and other front office duties as needed.

Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree is preferred, but not required.
A minimum of three years' administrative support or legal assistant work experience in a law office is required.
OR
A minimum of one year's work experience in a college or university law department is required.
Notary public licensing in Texas or willingness to become licensed within three months is required.
Real estate, finance or other transactional experience is preferred.
Time Matters or other law office management software is preferred.
Work experience at SMU is a plus.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to effectively interact with a wide range of constituencies.
  • Must possess strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and constituents concurrently.
  • A strong focus on attention to detail is essential.
  • Candidate must be a self-starter with the ability to work independently on confidential matters with minimal supervision and collaboratively within a team environment and independently on confidential matters with minimal supervision.
  • Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to be resourceful and proactive and to seek assistance as needed.
  • Candidate must demonstrate strong research skills and a proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.

The position includes the ability to: carry or lift 25 pounds and sit for long periods of time.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: November 20, 2015.

TO APPLY: Please visit our website www.smu.jobs and select staff careers from the right-hand side menu to access the online application. Click on Staff Career Opportunities and apply to Job ID#: 900871.

Southern Methodist University (SMU) will not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, education activity, or admissions on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. SMU's commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX1 Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, including the prohibition of sex discrimination under Title IX. The Executive Director/Title IX Coordinator may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, [email protected]. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may also be directed to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education. 

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