Showing, one job listing at a time, how toxic a JD is on the job market. Please don't go to law school.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Legal Secretary (Roseville)

[Ed.-- I am amused at the construction "no attorneys or applicants w/o minimum experience."  Anybody can do this job, unless they've never had any job before OR they made the mistake of going to law school.]

IMMEDIATE OPENING for experienced litigation assistant/legal secretary. Small firm. Part time in Roseville. MIMIMUM 5 years litigation experience. 20+ hours per week, rate negotiable $15/hr. Please no attorneys or applicants w/o minimum experience.    

Monday, September 29, 2014

LEGAL SECRETARY/ EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT for Sr. Partner NY Intl Law Firm (Downtown)

[Ed.--  This is a genuine Master's Degree advantage job!  Doesn't even matter what the Master's Degree is in, apparently.]

---if qualified I will contact you immediately for an interview

This is a HIGH-LEVEL position supporting a Sr. Partner in a Global Law Firm located Downtown Manhattan
(no JD's, sorry!)

Candidate should have:

-- Five (5) + years of solid Medium to Large size Manhattan Law Firm experience Supporting or having Supported an Associate or Partner Level Attorney

-- BACHELOR'S DEGREE with above average GPA is required
-- (Master's Degree NOT required, however is a plus)

-- Bilingual English / MANDARIN is a HUGE PLUS

This Senior Partner works with a significant & Global Book of Business

Starting Salary Range 70-85k, depending on background & experience
---plus excellent Firm Benefits.

Position involves significant responsibilities:
-- Client relations
-- Research
-- Oversight of cases
-- Development of new business
-- Administrative matters
-- Work with partner to learn his cases, clients and business development initiatives
-- Screen communications, answer phones, handle travel and meeting arrangements.
-- Billing, opening new business matters, time entry, budgeting, etc.
-- Assist with management of cases, including large scale federal litigation, advising clients and licensing
-- Conduct on-line business research for existing cases and to develop new business.
-- Work with other staff on cases, including attorneys, case managers and paralegals, as well as clients, co-counsel, witnesses, and experts.
-- Draft documents, letters and other correspondence. Some occasional light personal work.
-- Excellent written and verbal skills (WRITING SAMPLE IS REQUIRED)
-- Understand federal litigation, preferably with knowledge of intellectual property issues (patent matters in particular).
-- High level of computer literacy, including research skills, social media awareness and a general interest in uses of technology in society.
-- Required proficiency in MS Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint.
-- (Worksite, Adobe, Pacer and LexisNexis are helpful, NOT required)
-- General Office Hours are 9:30a - 5:30p -- Flexibility on overtime required.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Senior Litigation Paralegal (New York, New York)

[Ed.-- At least they're polite!  Sorry, but your degree makes you unemployable, so please don't apply.  Thank you.]

Great opportunity for experienced Litigation paralegal to work for one of New York's premiere law firms. Position is for a senior level person, with the focus on Intellectual Property. Ideal candidate should have a minimum of 5+years experience, Cite checking, Shepardizing, database and Trial experience being a big +. Client will consider paralegals with strong commercial experience out of top tier firms. BA is required, as is flexibility for overtime. Excellent benefits and salary commensurate with experience. Fun group of people to work for.
NO JD's please...sorry.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Commercial real estate paralegal (New York, New York)

[Ed.-- A $90K NYC job is something many doc review and small law lawyers would love.  They would have been better off not going to law school.]

compensation: to 90k

Major midtown firm is seeking experienced commercial real estate paralegal. Candidate should have a minimum of 3+years and be out of a top tier firm. Experience with large commercial deals, title searches and surveys, lease abstractions are required. BA and flexibility for overtime is a must. Our client is a successful international law firm whose commercial real estate practice is well regarded in the industry. The firm provides a stable and well tenured group of both attorneys and paralegals. The commercial real estate paralegal will work directly with Partners and will function independently.
No JD's ..... sorry.

Friday, September 26, 2014


[Ed.-- Score another entry in the, "College optional, but no JDs" category.  Finishing college is optional, but not having finished law school is mandatory.]


The Silicon Valley office of one of the top full-service law firms in the world is in expansion mode! This firm has a great quality of life and a fantastic team atmosphere. They are aggressively hiring for the following positions:

1. Litigation Secretary: 2+ years of litigation experience. Federal filing experience required, IP or employment preferred. Trial experience a plus. To $84K.

2. Corporate Secretary: 2+ years of experience supporting transactional attorneys. M&A or Real Estate preferred. Top EA skills required. To $83K.

3. Patent Secretary: 3+ years of foreign and/or domestic patent prosecution experience in a law firm. To $86K.

For all positions a BA degree and/or large law firm experience is highly preferred.

Your resume will not be forwarded to the hiring authority until you have been contacted and given your permission. Your confidentiality during the process is our highest priority.

Due to the large number of anticipated responses, ONLY candidates with the requisite background and experience level will be contacted. Local candidates only and no JDs please.
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
  • do NOT contact us with unsolicited services or offers

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cyber-Security Legal Secretary

[Ed.--  This ad mentions that they don't want JD's three times.  New record!!!]

Cyber Security group seeks legal secretary to support 9 attorneys with a team of 2 other secretaries.
  • Submission of legal filings, including ECF (e-filing)Schedule and organize complex activities such as meetings, travel, and seminars
  • establish, develop, maintain and update filing system for the attorneys. Retrieve information from files when needed
  • Type and design general correspondences, memos, charts, tables, graphs, business plans, etc. Proofread copy for spelling and grammar making appropriate changes
No JD's please.
Must have:
  • Min. 3 years exp as legal secretary in litigation
  • Advanced PowerPoint & Excel skills
  • Experience with international travel booking with complicated itineraries and currency conversions.
No JD's please.
    • Flexibility to work OT
    • Experience providing executive level support
    • Advance knowledge of the Microsoft Office applications and Visio

No JD's please.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Legal Secretary

[Ed.-- Yet another job where college is optional, but a JD will absolutely not be hired.  The JD is so reviled on the open market that its negative value exceeds the positive value of graduating college!]

Seeking legal secretaries for direct hire placements at prominent DC law firms.

We are looking for legal secretaries with experience in one, or more of the following areas of law: Litigation, Real Estate, Employment, Government Contracts, Intellectual Property.

  • Experience in one of the above areas of law  
  • Experience must be from a law firm
  • Good tenure
  • College degree not required, but strongly preferred 

No JD's or attorneys will be considered.  Local candidates only please.

Paralegal-Family law

[Ed.-- This ad is extremely brief, yet they take the time to mention twice that No JD's will be considered.  One wonders how many JD applicants they'll get anyway.  Perversely, an experienced paralegal could "overqualify" themselves out of consideration by going to law school.]

Direct Hire Family Law Paralegal sought for a well known Northern VA.  Salary will go up to 75K DOE.
Experience Required:
Bachelors Degree or equivalent in Paralegal Studies or related field or Paralegal Certification.

Minimum of 5 years' experience in Family Law Practice.   NO JD's considered.
Must Have:
  • 5 years experience as a Paralegal
  • Paralegal Certification
  • Cite checking and Blue Booking skills
  • GPA of 3.5 and above
  • Strong research and writing skills
NO JD's considered.
Will assist with pleadings, discovery, exhibits, and trial materials.

Legal and Compliance Analyst - DOE + bonus and benefits (New York, NY)

[Ed.-- Want to be a legal and compliance analyst?  I sure hope you didn't make the mistake of going to law school.  I love the way that this one is phrased.  It's more explicit than most ads that a JD is an actively harmful credential.  One wonders how many ads state that "Candidate should not be a CPA."]

Legal and Compliance Analyst - DOE + bonus and benefits (New York, NY)

Legal and Compliance Analyst -
DOE + bonus and benefits

• Key role in both the day-to-day administration of the firm's compliance program and in the continuous
effort to improve and adapt the compliance program in a rapidly changing regulatory environment.
• Monitor and understand regulatory, compliance and legal developments affecting the firm.
• Assist in the performance of forensic testing for compliance with the firm's policies and procedures,
incorporating technology and analytics where appropriate.
• Produce, organize and maintain compliance recordkeeping.
• Manage the organization and exchange of documents in connection with negotiated purchases of
private equity and other non-exchange-traded instruments.
• Assist with regulatory filings in various jurisdictions globally.
• Perform due diligence of firm research providers, consultants, and counterparties.
• Help manage the process of periodically updating fund documents (offering memoranda, subscription
agreements, etc.) as well as the management company's compliance manual, code of ethics,
investor due diligence documents, and the like.
• Knowledge management: manage the storage and rapid retrieval of the extensive legal analysis the
firm's attorneys have performed and the legal advice received from outside counsel.

• Bachelor's degree from a highly regarded college or university; candidate should have accumulated
an outstanding academic record.
• A professional license such as a CPA or a FINRA license would be viewed favorably, but is not
Candidate should not have a JD

• Approximately two to six years of experience in an analytical role, such as broker-dealer compliance 
or risk-management, accounting, auditing, consulting, paralegal or other role involving detailed 
analysis and the management of large and complex aggregations of information.

Please send resume in confidence with code, LCA in subject line.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Legal Assistant/Paralegal (Must Read, Write, Speak Chinese) (West Los Angeles)

[Ed.-- Another ad in which (i) a college degree is preferred, but not required and (ii) absolutely no JD's-LLM's are accepted.  Is there any other degree so toxic that its negative value is higher than the positive value of finishing college?]

Busy, high-volume immigration law firm is looking for an experienced immigration legal assistant/Paralegal. Will mainly work on business immigration matters such as EB5.

1. Must have 6 month to 1 year experience in business immigration and be motivated and mastered at multitasking; have knowledge of immigration forms and e filing
2. Must read, write, speak Chinese and understand Chinese business and legal documents
3. Excellent English writing skills
4. Accuracy, attention to detail and excellent proofreading skills; must have the ability to write and translate documents accurately with correct English writing style.
5. Excellent organizational skills (document organization, preparation, mailing, etc.)
6. Computer Skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, online search
7. Type at least 55 WPM
8. Plan to stay in the position long-term to develop a career of immigration paralegal
9. Employment authorization (work permit) in the U.S. required
10. US Bachelor's degree preferred. NO J.D.s or LLMs accepted at this time

1. E-mail your resume
2. Please indicate in the subject line whether you know Chinese: "Craigslist -- Legal Asst/Translator Position (Knowledge of Chinese)"

There will be a six-month probation period.

Salary: $35,000-$40,000 per year depending upon experience including bonus. Plus health insurance and Parking

The law firm is located in a beautiful building at the intersection of Bundy Drive and Wilshire Boulevard in West Los Angeles, a couple of miles from the beach, at 12121 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 600, Los Angeles, CA 90025.

Legal Secretary (Roseville)

IMMEDIATE OPENING for experienced litigation assistant/legal secretary. Small firm. Part time in Roseville. MIMIMUM 5 years litigation experience. 20+ hours per week, rate negotiable $15/hr. Please no attorneys or applicants w/o minimum experience.

*** JR. TO MID-LEVEL LEGAL SECRETARIES: 3 Positions Available *** (Silicon Valley)

[Ed.-- The salary here is more than many actual lawyers make, without the student loans.]

The Silicon Valley office of a global law firm is looking for Legal Secretaries with 2+ years of experience (or college degree +1 year of experience) to fill important Corporate, Litigation and Patent positions within their organizations. Training and mentorship will be provided!

The ideal candidate will have experience in a regional, national or global law firm, but candidates with small firm experience will be considered as well. Excellent technical skills are appreciated and a great attitude will set you apart from the pack.

Compensation is commensurate with experience but pay is VERY competitive for this level of experience, from $51K to $74K.

Interviews begin next week. Your resume will not be submitted to our client firm until you have been contacted and given your approval. Local candidates only please. NO JDs.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

EVENING LAW STUDENTS needed for F/T Litigation Law Clerk Position (Washington, DC)

[Ed.-- I guess you can afford to be super-picky when you're in a town with six law schools.  The insistence on a law student who has yet to graduate makes me strongly suspect that what they're really buying is somebody's free access to WestLaw/Nexis.]

Employment law firm with a practice concentration in whistleblower law seeks a full-time Law Clerk to assist its attorneys with litigation and trial preparation. It is an excellent opportunity for evening division law students who want to learn the professional responsibilities and legal demands of a litigation associate through hands on law firm experience. Duties include:
* Extensive client contact and communication
* Performing substantive and procedural legal research
* Drafting complaints; substantive preliminary and trial motions and oppositions; and discovery requests
* Calendaring meetings, depositions, hearings, trial dates, and other events as necessary for attorneys and other attendees
* Other responsibilities as assigned

This position involves extensive research, writing, client contact, and case management.

Applicants must be current evening division law students interested in gaining practical litigation and trial experience.


Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and a recent writing sample for consideration.

Practice Assistants - SF & Palo Alto (palo alto)

[Ed.-- They prefer some exposure to litigation or cases, so long as that exposure is not having a JD or being an attorney.]

LegalHire has several openings for bright college grads seeking positions in the legal environment. Positions at top tier firms in SF and Silicon Valley.
Highest priority in Silicon Valley.

Ideal candidates must have a four year college degree, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, high level of MS Office proficiency, some exposure to litigation or cases preferred, 1-2 years of prior administrative assistant experience, and flexibility regarding overtime. Please forward resume to No J.D.s or attorneys.

LegalHire specializes in national talent searches for legal positions, including lateral attorneys, in-house counsel, directors, legal administrators, technical specialists and professional support staff. Our clients include AmLaw 250 firms, boutique local and national firms, emerging companies and corporate legal departments. For client inquiries or general submissions, please forward resume or email to

Other active listings: Accounting Manager (SF), HR Manager (Oversees two California offices); Director of Conflicts; Help Desk Manager (NY, SF, San Diego or Palo Alto); Sr. Manager of Business Development (Silicon Valley); Director of IT (New York or SF)

Contract Analyst Specialist

 [Ed.-- What I love about this ad is that they say "Candidates with only paralegal experience" aren't qualified, but by implication a paralegal could be qualified if they had other relevant experience.  There is no such caveat for attorneys; no attorneys, no matter what.]

Need detail and sales oriented individual to review, negotiate and process sales contracts for an equipment manufacturer with worldwide energy and engineering companies.

Qualifications being sought, include former experience handling the legal aspects of sales contract negotiations, a big plus; paralegal training acceptable; no attorneys; other detail oriented candidates with work experience in such areas as traffic, freight forwarding, purchasing, and international business roles, are welcome to apply for consideration.

10+ years experience preferred; with college degree in Business, to Psychology, to Engineering

Accounting, Finance and Marketing degree are not preferred for the position.
Opportunity for contract-to-hire based on worker performance, worker attendance and dependability and Client s business needs.
Candidates with only paralegal experience will not met the job qualification.
Previous experience could be in various areas, not just legal.
Candidates must have excellent organizationally and detailed experience.
MS Word, Excel, Adobe, and SalesForce.

This is a two month assignment but may have an opportunity for contract-to-hire based on worker performance, worker attendance and dependability and  business needs. - - - Client manager will conduct a phone interview and in-person interview.
If you are interested in this position please forward resume to Aklys Hibbert at Please include a brief description of yourself and reference number to the job in the subject of the e-mail.
At Nesco Resource, our flexible staffing solutions include contract, contract-to-hire, and direct placement services. We employ specialized recruiters focused in the fields of Engineering, Information Technology, Accounting & Finance, Administrative & Customer Service, and Manufacturing & Distribution.

Change of page: Your JD is neither an advantage or disadvantage

[Ed.-- This came from my JDU thread announcing this blog: ]

I'm looking for a paralegal / legal assistant. While I am not particularly looking for a JD (so there is no JD advantage) I am not going to discriminate against a JD. I, however, do not want to hire someone who will only be committed to me long enough to wait for their bar results or for another associate position to open up somewhere else. So, JDs are welcome.

Randazza Legal Group
3626 South Town Center Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89135

Legal Assistant for Plaintiffs Near Eastpoint Mall (Near Eastpoint Mall)

[Ed.-- It's pretty unusual for ads to specifically say they don't even want law students.  I suppose this employer figures once you learn about the hairy hand, you're irrevocably tainted.]

Legal assistant sought for plaintiffs' law office near Eastpoint Mall. Sixty per cent of work is auto related and forty per cent is workers' comp. Prior experience preferred. Must be conscientious, good with clients and detail-oriented. No attorneys nor law students please. Salary commensurate with your experience. Please do not send your resume without references and please list why you left other positions with a contact person at that job. Thank you.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

University of Massachusetts Legal Assistant/Immigration Paralegal;jsessionid=B5A2C1705739222C576408CF580580B4?JOBID=52973

The University of Massachusetts is seeking a detail-oriented and database-driven individual for a position in its Office of General Counsel.  This position requires significant responsibility for extensive case management and client contact, as well as general legal office responsibilities for 5 attorneys in our Shrewsbury, Mass, office.
Job Description:
        Assist attorney in the preparation and filing of employment-based immigration petitions/applications with the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and U.S. State Department;
        Written and oral communications with university partners and employees, per internal immigration policies and procedures;
        Oversight and management of all aspects of Sunapsis case-management software, including data entry/integrity, case status tracking, queries, reports, alerts, e-forms, templates, etc.
        Document all business practices for employment-based visa processing with the goal of becoming as efficient and paperless as possible;
        Maintain confidentiality regarding sensitive information on employee immigration status, benefits and other personal data.
         General office duties for 5 attorneys, including: processing travel and expense reports; managing electronic file management system for attorneys; calendar and meeting management; filing documents with state or federal agencies; processing invoices for payment; coordinate with building management for supplies, repairs, and other resources for legal office.
Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (especially Excel, Access, and Power Point)
        Excellent computer skills
        Experience with database management
        Strong organizational and analytical skills
        Ability to work independently
 Prior legal office and immigration experience preferred; experience working in another higher education institution a plus.  NOTE:  this position is not open to JDs, LLBs or LLMs.

Additional Information:
Starting salary for this position will be commensurate with candidate's experience. No relocation assistance available.
Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2014.
The University of Massachusetts System is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

More on the rationale of this blog

I do not deny the existence of genuine "JD Advantage" jobs.  However, (i) they are far outnumbered by the "JD Disadvantaged" jobs listed here and (ii) it is rarely, if ever, worth the time and monetary cost of law school to land a "JD Advantage" job since, by definition, that job can be procured by somebody without a JD.  Some more on this topic:

-- JD Employed writes about the "JD Disagree Disadvantage".

Some other links from JDU which reflect the prevailing "JD Advantage" propaganda that gave inspiration to this blog:

Most notably the rather whimsical proposition that,

"It turns out that the JD degree prepares you for a variety of exciting jobs and careers. While many law school graduates go on to practice law, many others go on to play leadership roles in a variety of settings. Many law school graduates obtain positions for which Bar Passage, or even a JD, is not required, but their legal training is deemed to be an advantage or even necessary in the workplace. As the saying goes 'you can do almost anything with a law degree!'"

Receptionist / Administrative Assistant (Fairfax, VA)

[Ed.-- This is another job which is willing to take somebody with no experience and no college degree.  This may become its own sub-genre of job.]

Law firm in Fairfax, Virginia has an opportunity for a receptionist / administrative assistant to work in a small firm (1 - 2 attorney) environment on a full-time basis (37.5 to 40 hours/week). This is intended to be a long-term position, and is perfect for someone who plans to live in the area for a long time and is looking for a stable position in which to grow.

The assistant's duties include, but are not limited to, answering the phone, professionally greeting clients, copying/scanning documents, drafting letters to clients and other parties, gathering information from clients, managing the mail, filing documents in court, obtaining records, maintaining the office (such as restocking supplies and occasional light cleaning), and other typical secretarial duties. With time, the assistant will be delegated additional responsibilities as appropriate. In addition, the secretary will be assigned personal assistant tasks, such as running errands or doing research unrelated to the law.

Strong knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Internet searching is essential. Strong phone etiquette is expected. Excellent professional writing and spelling skills are absolutely necessary, as are typing skills. The interview will include a brief typing and spelling test that will be a major factor in hiring decisions. A positive attitude is very much welcome. Otherwise no experience is necessary, neither is a college degree (no JDs please)

If you are interested in the position, please send your resume to the email above. The hourly wage in the first year is expected to be $13-$14 depending on the candidate's qualifications. You must have a car, as it will be needed for duties such as court filings. The office is located in a professional building off of I-66 and US 50, and has free, convenient parking. Start date is expected to be on or around October 1, 2014.

Junior Litigation Assistant (Downtown San Diego)

We are a boutique securities litigation law firm located in downtown San Diego seeking an enthusiastic, motivated, friendly, and outgoing individual to perform administrative and entry level paralegal duties. This is a full-time position (35-40 hours a week) in a casual work environment. Ideal position for someone who may not have a great deal of law firm experience, but who is a quick learner and is motivated to move up in our firm as a senior paralegal! Training is provided, but you must have exceptional computer skills and office experience.

• Answering and routing incoming phone calls
• Ordering office supplies
• Scanning, faxing, and filing documents
• Process mail
• Maintain waiting area, conference room, and other public areas
• Input time in Timeslips
• Conduct legal research of court rules and procedures (federal and state)
• Perform legal research via Pacer and Courtlink
• Draft and proof-read correspondence, briefs, and other related documents
• Prepare hearing binders
• Assist in general case management

• Bachelors Degree or Paralegal Certificate required
• Proficient in Microsoft Programs (Word, Excel, Outlook) and Adobe Pro
• Ability to take direction and work independently
• Must have exceptional organizational skills and produce ACCURATE work product

Please email your cover letter/email and resume in PDF or Word format. Also, please tell us what you like to do for fun!

HR Generalist - Legal

Our client is seeking a HR Generalist with 4+ years on point experience within a law firm or professional services working environment. Ideal candidate will possess full knowledge of Local and Federal labor/employment laws and changes, as well as demonstrated supervisory skills.

Duties include staff management, new hire orientations, new hires, terminations, status changes, on boarding, training and the management of day to day operations. Additional responsibilities will include performance evaluations, approving of weekly timesheets, and handling any additional HR requests, recruiting and project management.

Must offer a high level of professionalism, be detail oriented and an excellent communicator.

BS/BA degree required, MS preferred. PHR or SPHR helpful

Software skills: MS Office Suite, demonstrated use of HRIS software, type 60 wpm.
Firm offers full benefits, bonus plan and a highly competitive salary.

Firm offers a collaborative and collegiate working environment. Full benefits offered, competitive salary - up to the $90's.

If interested and qualified, please send resumes to Phone calls are welcomed. Only candidates who meet the above requirements will be considered. Please, no JDs.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Security and Controls Associate

Step Up, Stand Out: Advance

By joining Ciber, you can turn your innovative ideas into world class solutions for some of the world's most dynamic companies. With global reach and deep technical experience, Ciber is big enough to keep you working with household names, but small enough for you to stand out and advance. Choose a career at Ciber and enjoy an environment where being challenged and rewarded is a part of daily life.

Cibers Application Development and Management (ADM) services provide a flexible, high performance and cost effective delivery model for full life cycle application management from strategy and custom application development to ongoing application maintenance and support. We provide results-driven solutions for managing technology systems, applications and infrastructure.
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Ciber, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled.
Role Description:

The position of eDiscovery Analyst is an IT (not Legal) position that includes responding to internal requests from the Office of General Council (OGC) for preservation, collection, processing and production of digital data in support of litigation matters.

Digital data includes both unstructured (assisting custodians in finding responsive documents on their Company-issued PCs) and structured (collection from databases) data sources globally.
Collection (through process-driven phone sessions) and processing (decrypting email, verifying all files are readable, removing non-standard files, and loading into Clearwell eDiscovery Platform) of unstructured data is the core component of the position (90% of work).

eDiscovery response activities also include interacting with inside and outside legal counsel to convey findings.

The ability to understand and communicate complex IT constructs to non-technical personnel is a core capability of all team members.


Skills Required:
Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Windows, MS Office (especially Outlook), hard drive and file encryption, file compression, network and storage technologies
Demonstrated oral and written communications skills to a wide audience
Disciplined approach when completing work and adhering to documented procedures and stringent deadlines
Ability to walk custodians through the processes needed (via phone call and remote desktop session) to find, collect, and upload their responsive data

Skills Preferred:
Experience in the preservation, collection, processing and production of data to be used in litigation, preferably using Clearwell eDiscovery Platform
Familiar with client Computing Infrastructure
Familiar with WebEx conferencing tools
Strong interest in Security & Controls, specifically the areas of electronic discovery, data privacy, and compliance; desire to gain competency in these areas

Experience Required:
1-2 years of experience in an IT field
In-depth Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office (especially Outlook) in a support setting

Experience Preferred:
Infrastructure development/operations, at client particularly
IT Support in an law firm/legal environment

Education Required:
Bachelor degree in computer field, or related experience

Education Preferred:
Degree in Information Assurance or related field, IT Certification (MCP, FTK, Encase, GSEC, GCFA, etc.)

Additional Information:
No Lawyers please-this is an IT position. Also, this is NOT a Digital Forensics position

This position requires the successful completion of a background investigation and/or drug screen.
Ciber is a leading global IT consulting company with some 6,500 consultants in North America, Europe and Asia/Pacific, and approximately $1 billion in annual business. Client focused and results driven, Ciber partners with organizations to develop technology strategies and solutions that deliver tangible business value. Founded in 1974, the company trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CBR). For more information, visit

Contracts Associate

Job Title Contracts Associate
Publication or Company Oxford University Press
Job Type Book Publishing
Benefits Dental, Health
Job Duration Full Time
Job Location New York, NY
Job Requirements Oxford University Press, Inc. seeks to fill the position of Contracts Associate in the Legal Department. This would be an ideal opportunity for someone considering law school in the future. Reporting directly to the General Counsel, the Contracts Associate will create, edit, draft and negotiate editorial book contracts, library sales and online product licenses, and journal acquisition contracts and will lead contract negotiations with literary agents.

The Contracts Associate will help improve contract processes and support the General Counsel in the administration, negotiation and drafting of contracts in other areas of the business as needed. The Contracts Associate will have the opportunity to work with editorial staff, management, agents and authors and will gain exposure to a wide range of publishing agreements.

Must have a Bachelor of Arts degree and at least 1 2 years experience in book publishing, preferably in editorial department or at a literary agency. Good communication and writing/drafting skills. Must be highly organized, efficient, adaptable, and attentive to detail. Self-starter. Strong ability to manage multiple priorities and a high volume of work accurately and in a timely manner. Excellent computer skills, including competence with the Microsoft Office Suite. Desirable job qualifications include previous experience conducting contract drafting and training. Know-how and previous experience with book publishing contracts also highly desired.
J.D.s will not be considered for this role.
About Our Company Oxford University Press, Inc. furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP is a part of the largest university press in the world.

Legal Assistant Global Employment Solutions

Boutique law firm seeks a paralegal with 3 to 5 years litigation paralegal experience. Draft documents including stipulations;notices; affidavits and correspondence to clients. E-file documents in state and federal courts. Calendar case deadlines.Prepare for depositions including deposition exhibits. Must be very familiar with Concordance and adept at learning new programs. Fast paced environment with great benefits. Bachelor's degree required. Paralegal certificate a plus. Bachelors degree required. 3+ years as a paralegal with in a law firm. Proficient with MicrosoftWord and Excel.Concordance, ECF. No JDs please.


Small law firm specializing in corporate/business immigration law seeks detail-oriented individual with exceptional writing and organization skills. Position involves preparing petitions, applications, and other legal documents to permit U.S. companies and organizations to employ foreign nationals in the United States.

Primary areas of responsibility include the following:
- Case preparation, involving writing / organizing documents to be filed with federal agencies;
- Interaction with employers and foreign nationals concerning preparation and progress of case;
- Preparation of petition and application forms based on information supplied by clients;
- Drafting letters, affidavits, summaries, arguments, etc. for attorney and client review;
- Coordinating collection of information and documentation;
- Preparation of applications in government online / electronic systems;
- Monitoring government action on visa petitions/applications;
- Maintaining caseload database; and
- Providing legal and administrative support for attorney activities.

Minimum Requirements include:
- Bachelor's degree (preferably in English or other writing-intensive field);
- Attention to detail and accuracy is essential (will be expected to produce error-free work);
- Must be able to work independently and productively and manage multiple priorities;
- Ability to work under strict deadlines and closely monitor filing dates is also critical;
- Strong professional writing skills.
- Exceptional computer skills necessary (office runs in Mac environment, with some Windows-based programs).
- Related experience is a plus but not required. Willing to train the right candidate.

This is not a temporary or "filler" job in preparation for entering law school the following year. We are prepared to invest a great deal of time in educating and training the right person, and we would expect a reasonable commitment of time in return. We ask that you be willing to make a two-year commitment. No attorneys or JDs/LLMs.

Please email cover letter and resume with "Craigslist" as the subject line. Applications without cover letters will not be considered. No phone calls and no recruiters please.

[Ed.-- That's right, even if you got your JD *and* your LLM, this firm doesn't want you.  Note that 'related experience is a plus but not required' as they're '[w]illing to train the right candidate', but they know in advance that candidate definitely didn't go to law school.]

PARALEGAL> Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, United States

High volume medical malpractice defense firm seeks experienced full-time paralegal with certificate and 5+ years' background in med mal litigation.  Must have strong analytical and communication skills and be able to work independently at a fast pace.  Competitive salary w/benefits.  Forward resume with salary requirements.  No JDs, please.

Criminal Justice Advocate

The Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center (MHP) seeks an advocate to advance the work of our criminal justice advocacy program. The Criminal Justice Advocate will support our litigation efforts to ensure that people receiving mental health treatment in New York City jails are provided with appropriate discharge planning services before they are released from custody and will also be actively involved in our work to fight the criminalization of mental illness through legislative advocacy and community education.
MHP aims to break the cycle of hospitalization, homelessness, and incarceration for low-income New Yorkers with mental illness. Through the class action lawsuit, Brad H. v. City of New York, MHP challenged New York City's practice of discharging incarcerated people with mental illness from the Rikers Island in the middle of the night with only a $3 Metrocard and $1.50 in cash and without any psychiatric medication or referral to services. This lawsuit established a right to discharge planning for people who receive mental health treatment while incarcerated in a City jail. In 2003 the lawsuit was settled, and the City agreed to provide class members with medication, aftercare, benefits, housing, and transportation.
The Criminal Justice Advocate will:
  • Assist in monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Brad H. settlement;
  • Visit NYC jails regularly to interview people receiving mental health treatment about their discharge planning needs and whether those needs are being met;
  • Submit written complaints to the City regarding class members' discharge planning needs;
  • Follow up with individuals released from jail to determine whether they received appropriate discharge planning services;
  • Respond to calls and letters from people in jail and prison, their families, and others regarding discharge planning issues and advocate for individuals to enforce their rights to discharge planning services;
  • Exercise discretion and independent judgment with regard to client matters;
  • Conduct trainings on the criminal justice system and the rights of Brad H. class members;
  • Assist MHP's Director of Criminal Justice Advocacy; and
  • Perform administrative and clerical duties as appropriate.
Candidates must:
  • Enjoy working directly with clients and families;
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Be extremely detail-oriented and organized;
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to fighting for social justice;
  • Have personal or professional experience with mental illness and/or the criminal justice system; and
  • Speak Spanish fluently.
No J.D. applicants please. This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW, Local 2230.
The Urban Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status, or marital status.

[Ed.-- Equal employment opportunities for all... unless you went to law school.  Then we will not hire you under any circumstances.]

Political Reporting Specialist

"Law firm specializing in political and election law seeks detail-oriented person to provide daily client services and preparation of lobby and campaign disclosure reports for national client base. Extensive client contact. Computer literate with strong math, analytical and research skills. Work and/or academic background in politics/government/accounting preferred. Full time position. Minimum two year commitment required. Excellent benefits. AOA/EOE. Visit our website at for an overview of our practice.

To apply for this position, please email us at: The email subject line needs to read "Political Reporting Specialist 7/2014 -- San Rafael". A cover letter and resume should also be sent as attachments. Please do not paste them to the body of the email. No telephone calls. No J.D.'s please."

HR Generalist - Legal (palo alto)

Our client is seeking a HR Generalist with 7+ years on point experience within a law firm or professional services working environment. Ideal candidate will possess full knowledge of California and Federal labor/employment laws and changes as well as demonstrated supervisory skills.

Duties include staff management, new hire orientations, new hires, terminations, status changes, on boarding, training and the management of day to day operations. Additional responsibilities will include performance evaluations, approving of weekly timesheets, and handling any additional HR requests, recruiting and project management.

Must offer a high level of professionalism, be detail oriented and an excellent communicator.

BS/BA degree required, MS preferred. PHR or SPHR helpful

Software skills: MS Office Suite, demonstrated use of HRIS software, type 60 wpm.
Firm offers full benefits, bonus plan and a highly competitive salary.

If interested and qualified, please send resumes to Phone calls are welcomed. Only candidates who meet the above requirements will be considered. Please, no JDs.

Intellectual Property Staff Needed for DC Law Firms (Washington, DC)

Several openings for candidates who have experience with IP work -- IP Secretaries, Trademark Paralegals, IP Paralegals, Docketing Specialists, Foreign Filing Specialists, Docketing Coordinators, Docketing Managers, New Applications/Formalities Specialists, and Trademark Managers, etc.

Experience must be from a law firm IP department and candidate must have good tenure. College degree strongly preferred.

No JD's or Attorneys will be considered!

[Ed. Note that a college degree is 'strongly preferred', meaning that in principle you could get this job without one.  If you get that college degree and follow up with a law degree, though, then you won't be considered.  A JD makes you less valuable than somebody who did not finish college.]

IP Docketing Coordinator

Large Washington DC law firm has an opening for a Docketing Coordinator. This is a senior level position with a minimum of seven years requirement. Please do not apply if you do not have IP Docketing experience. There is no training offered and the candidate must hit the ground running. They are looking for US and Foreign, Patent and Trademark experience. Docketing database experience required, IP Master experience preferred. Candidates must have good job tenure and solid docketing experience. JDs will not be considered. Salary is competitive and based upon years of experience. Send resume to the attention of Cherie Fisher.

Assistant To Partner & Associate  

Entertainment Law Firm | Los Angeles,CA
Assistant To Partner & Associate-Entertainment Law Firm. Must have a minimum of 2 years prior experience working at a law firm, studio or agency. Industry experience on a strong recognizable desk. Well educated, resourceful, honest and a self-starter. Exceptionally strong written and verbal communications skills. Impeccable spelling and grammar. Excellent telephone manners. Able to work unsupervised and take initiative. No JD's. Must be organized, able to prioritize daily projects, excellent follow through. 

Compliance Analyst

Salary: $60k - $80k per annum
Location: United States: New York 
Duration: Perm
Consultant: Adrian Morrissey
JobRef: 161130-1
Date Posted: August 20, 2014

A New-York based hedge fund with $2 billion in AUM managing a family of long/short hedge funds, long only fund, and private equity funds focused on the health care and life science sectors are seeking a compliance analyst to join their firm to assist the GC/CCO with all compliance related matters.

Key Deliverables:

• Liaise with General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer to administer and implement policies and procedures
• Preparation of domestic and foreign filings (SEC filings such as Form ADV, Blue Sky, International short notification filings, etc…)
• Update the Compliance Manual and Code of Ethics and conduct compliance testing related to ensuring compliance with the Firms’ policies and procedures
• Review employee e-mails, employee personal trading and brokerage accounts (and administration of automated compliance system)
• Train new and current employees on industry rules and the Firm’s compliance with particular areas that relate to their roles; act as contact person for all employees regarding compliance issues
• Proactively do checks on trading activity and research/emails immediately following M&A announcements
• Monitor calls and meetings with consultants in Expert Networks and otherwise
• Proactively spot check and review fund research notes posted in the firm’s research management database
• Administer compliance aspects of onboarding Vendors who provide research, consulting, brokerage and other services
• Coordinate research brokerage survey/commission allocation (2x per year) and monitor best execution; coordinate soft dollar services survey (2x per year)
• Assist GC with Eze Compliance automated pre and post-trade rules engine
• Monitor trade activity for deviation from Funds’ allocation and investment policies
• Maintain the Firm’s restricted list and watch list to ensure compliance with insider trading laws
• Review all marketing documents (pitch books, tear sheets, DDQs, presentations, etc.)

Desired Skills:
No JDs [Ed.: As pointed out on JDU, "'No JDs' is the very first bullet under 'desired skills.' In other words, the thing we want most in the world is for you NOT to have gone to law school."]
• At least 2 years of relevant compliance experience at a hedge fund or registered investment advisor
• Previously worked in compliance at a large sell side firm, particularly dealing with prop traders, securities division, or investment research

This hedge fund is seeking a Compliance Analyst to assist with all aspects of regulatory and compliance for the firm and he/she will report directly to the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer.
If you would like to apply for this role or find out more, please apply online or contact Adrian Morrissey at Robert Walters on or call +1 212 704 9900 quoting the reference 161130.

Litigation Paralegal Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy - Boston, MA

Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy, a corporate litigation firm in Boston, MA is seeking a litigation paralegal to play a major role supporting attorneys in the Boston office. Responsibilities will include case management, investigative research, discovery, trial preparation, and some travel. The ideal candidate will possess outstanding organizational skills, an eye for detail, strong communication skills, and the ability to handle multiple priorities, meet aggressive deadlines, and work with minimal supervision. BA/BS or Associates degree in Paralegal Studies or equivalent field required. 2+ years of litigation and/or asbestos experience preferred. No JDs or attorneys.




Legal Assistant / Office Admin - Family Law (Downtown Seattle)

Family Law solo practitioner seeks an experienced legal assistant/paralegal. A successful candidate must
thrive in a fast-paced and, at times, high-stress environment. A qualified candidate should value providing high
quality service to clients and should possess the following skills and qualifications:

- Preferred: Completion of a Paralegal Certificate program and one year of family law or litigation experience
- Mastery of professional administrative skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office
- Attention to detail and ability to produce accurate work product under strict deadlines
- Ability to work independently and take initiative
- Professional demeanor

The duties of this position include:

- Drafting and processing correspondence
- Communicating with clients, opposing parties, opposing counsel, third parties, court personnel
- Creating pleadings
- Scheduling, calendaring, and tracking deadlines
- Client file and document management
- Research
- Client intake interviews
- Discovery
- Administrative tasks
- Filing

This position is full time 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Compensation is based upon experience.

To be considered for this position, please submit the following:

1. Cover letter addressing your experience and availability
2. Resume demonstrating your experience
3. Three professional references
4. Two writing samples

Only applicants who provide the requested components of the application will be considered.

Attorneys and/or JD candidates kindly do not reply.

Paralegal in New York

Paralegal (closed)

New York, NY
$80K compensation

Exciting opportunity for an experienced Litigation Support Professional with Corporate Paralegal Experience to join the legal department of a thriving, global company.  The Litigation Support Professional with Corporate Paralegal Experience will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Launch and maintain a new corporate database for tracking the legal activity for multiple domestic and international subsidiaries.  Must have significant database experience, including with e-billing, document retention and invoicing.
  • General corporate duties such as maintaining stock certificates, assisting with reporting requirements, forming / merging entities, etc.
  • Transactional work such as preparation for closings, organizing due diligence and more.
  • Assist with litigation and compliance-related matters.
  • Special projects as needed.
  • Must be available for OT as needed, however this an exempt position.
  • Must have a Bachelors degree; additional Paralegal Certificate is a plus. 
  • Must have 3-10 years of relevant experience; experience with a multi-national corporation is a plus. 
  • Strong research and writing skills along with solid communication skills are necessary. 
Qualified candidates are encouraged to send their resume to   NO JDs please as they will not be considered.

Mission Statement of this Blog

Now that the word is out that it is frequently not possible for law school graduates to find job as lawyers, law schools and their advocates frequently claim that JD's can instead apply for "JD Advantage" jobs-- those opportunities where a JD may not be required, but is helpful.

  "JD Advantage" jobs exist, but are incredibly rare; further, given the extreme cost of law school, it is unlikely that even somebody who lands a "JD Advantage" job is better off than a similarly situated person who did not go to law school.

This blog exists to document instances of the opposite, much more common phenomena: An employer who considers a JD such a negative that they explicitly say in the job ab that JD's will not be considered.  This blog exists to collect and memorialize such ads.  Thinking about going to law school?  First, take a look at all the great jobs you could have without it and can't have with it.  Then, think long and hard before you do.

Please feel free to submit any you find to

Credit for the idea and initial spate of posts goes to JD Underground.