NSBS Paralegal

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Job Location: Halifax

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (NSBS) regulates the legal profession in Nova Scotia in the public interest. Ensuring that lawyers are competent and ethical, and practise law in accordance with the standards set by the Society, is how we fulfill our public interest mandate.

Position Title: Paralegal

Reporting to the General Counsel, the paralegal position provides a variety of case and file management services, researches law, as well as prepares and processes legal documents and correspondence.

Key Responsibilities

  • Researches and analyzes statutes and case law utilizing law libraries and a number of computerized research tools.
  • Prepares a broad range of legal documents, general and confidential correspondence, including email and faxes from dictation, rough drafts, notes or verbal instructions.
  • Responsible for the management and control of all legal and administrative files and data utilizing electronic document and database management systems.
  • Serves as liaison between General Counsel and external parties, where required, in a professional manner with diplomacy.
  • Maintains accurate and current calendar of activities, meetings and schedule of various events for General Counsel.
  • Provides general legal administrative support and assistance across the Society, where required

Requirements, Skills and Assets

The Paralegal role requires a strong ability to handle multiple and, on occasion, conflicting priorities in a confidential and sensitive manner. The Paralegal is required to have strong knowledge of a legal environment and is expected to adapt quickly in an environment of continuous change demonstrating a high degree of judgement, initiative and decision-making skills. The Paralegal must be exceptionally organized, exercise significant attention to detail and have the ability to learn and adapt new technologies to the work environment.

Requirements:

  • Grade 12, and a two year Paralegal diploma from a recognized institution or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Minimum 3 years paralegal/legal assistant experience in a law firm in various areas of law including litigation and general practice
  • Experience working with legal documents and forms, court proceedings and legal terminology
  • Able to critically examine, evaluate and process legal documentation independently
  • Strong competency in an automated environment, with proficient and accurate typing, dictatyping and word processing skills
  • Ability to follow instructions carefully and manage to completion of a project or assigned task
  • Experience with case and document management systems, as well as databases

Skills:

  • Working knowledge of court and tribunal processes and Civil Procedure Rules
  • Ability to conduct thorough and competent research with analytical and fact finding skills
  • Ability to work accurately in a time sensitive environment
  • Exceptionally well-organized, with the ability to be self-motivated
  • Ability to effectively prioritize multiple demands, follow up where needed independently, and to exercise strong initiative, discretion and judgment in order to problem-solve, fulfil responsibilities and anticipate needs
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and impartiality at all times
  • Strong team player with excellent oral and written communication skills and demonstrated effective interpersonal skills
  • Ability to deal effectively with a variety of individuals in demanding situations

Assets:

  • Experience in and knowledge of administrative law an asset
  • Familiarity with the Legal Profession Act and regulations
  • Cultural competency training

NSBS offers a total compensation package that includes a competitive salary based on qualifications and experience, a complete health benefit package and an RRSP program.

Closing Date: June 22, 2018

If this exciting opportunity meets with your career aspirations, please forward your resumé and cover letter in confidence, by email to hr@nsbs.org.

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society values diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

Expiry Date: 
Thursday, June 28, 2018