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

Friday, October 31, 2014

Full Time Law Clerk Needed for Busy Plaintiff's Litigation Firm (Santa Ana, California)

[Ed.-- The job market for attorneys is so bad that this personal injury firm can, for the sum of $16/hour, demand and probably get an applicant who is a law student or recently graduated, but has not yet passed the bar.  Absolutely no attorneys, though.  This could be for various reasons but, in my mind, there's a rebuttable presumption that ads looking for a law student/recent grad but don't want a full-fledged lawyer are doing so because they want their future employee to have free access to Westlaw/Lexis/Bloomberg.  Those free student logins are only supposed to be used for academic purposes, but this is a restriction honored more in the breach than the observance.  Legal research is expensive, so why not offer a marginal salary to some 3L until his password expires, then rinse and repeat?]

Very busy Plaintiff's personal injury litigation firm is in immediate need of a full-time law clerk. Ideal candidate is a part-time law student who is seeking real world litigation experience.
Job Requirements:
Candidate must be a law student or recently graduated, and have not passed bar exam. NO ATTORNEYS PLEASE!!!
Candidate must have a California Drivers License, a vehicle, and car insurance
Candidate must be able to work independently and efficiently

Job Description:
Law Clerk is primarily responsible for filing all our form complaints. Additionally, the law clerk is usually the first person potential clients meet, both at our office and at the client's home, when they are seeking to hire our firm to represent them in personal injury, employment, discrimination, or business litigation matters. Law Clerk will also assist our law & motion attorney in research and drafting motions and opposition to motions. Some discovery might also be necessary. 

Please email your resume and a short cover letter. We would like to hire immediately.

Thursday, October 30, 2014


[Ed.-- "No attorneys, no law students, no smokers" is a new one on me.  I guess they, in general, are just trying to avoid employees who burn money on terrible life choices.]

South Shore Law Firm located in Canton is seeking a part-time paralegal or legal assistant with office management skills, three days (8 hours daily) a week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) with three- five (3-5) years law office experience in one or more of these areas: Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate, Residential Real Estate Conveyancing and loan closings. This is a part-time (24 hours) position. This employee will have extensive interaction with clients. Applicant MUST possess analytical and critical thinking skills sufficient to make decisions when creating, organizing and maintaining databases, logs and files etc. Applicant must be highly organized. dependable and a self-starter. A willingness to take initiative is extremely important!
 Previous experience working in a law office
 Proficient in Microsoft Office skills
 Ability to work under stress and in a fast pace environment
 Ability to multitask
 Excellent telephone, verbal and communication skills
 Client Focus -- must reflect respect and caring for our clients and their confidentiality
 Ability to learn new software quickly
 Strong attention to detail
 Professional Attitude, speech and demeanor
 Professional Attire
 Communicate with clients through phone, emails, websites as needed
 Self-Starter and possess the ability to work as part of a team as well as autonomously
 Work well with buyers, sellers, realtors, and lenders
 Prepare drafts of contracts; wills, and other legal documents
 Maintain responsibility for calendars and meetings
 Keep case statuses up to date
 Produce tables, charts and reports
 Draft and edit correspondence and legal memos
 Open all client files 
 Enter files into computer system (Tabs, MSWord, QuickBooks) 
 Prepare payoff letters 
 Prepare HUD
 Prepare title insurance policies
 Order Title exams, Plot Plans, Bank Payoffs, etc. 
 Follow up on return of documents 
 Prepare overnight packages 
 Legal research
 Writing marketing materials 
 Editing
 Proofreading 
 Knowledge of basic real estate or legal concepts is also a requirement. 

Firm Description:
You will be working with one attorney and existing support staff. Nice, clean, bright work surroundings. Interesting - Challenging, Supportive work environment.

Submission Requirements:
1. Respond to this position using "Part-Time Legal Assistant" in the subject line of your email.
2. Attach both your resume AND a short cover letter which states why you'll be successful in this position and include your salary requirements. Your submissions MUST be in any of the following formats: MSWord or PDF.

Please note that we are only interested in applications from people who are seriously interested in long-term permanent employment in a support position -- no attorneys or law students, or smokers, please. We apologize as we cannot respond to every submission. We will contact you if we intend to interview you.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Departure from the usual format, a few links...

Normally I cobble this together in two-three minutes a day using job search engines and some custom google alerts I've set.  Today, however, I wanted to share a couple of links instead.  Don't worry, I'll be back tomorrow with another job listing that hates your law degree:

AutoAdmit: I received 7 JD resumes for a paralegal position

While we're on the topic of autoadmit, I am unable to "poast" there, as I no longer have access to an .edu email account.  If anybody would be willing to provide me with a working login/password, then that would be great.  Failing that, if anybody from XO is reading, can you go to the thread linked above and link them here?  My email is on the sidebar.

Interesting glimpse of the "JD Disadvantage" from the other side.  I am not in a position to corroborate what the original poster says, but it certainly seems plausible.  (Or, in XO parlance, it appears that the pumo is not flame).

In response to someone asking why a JD would apply for a paralegal position instead of their own firm, one poaster replied:

Idk a supreme crippling depression and despair to the point it's a challenge to get of bed in the morning, let alone start a law business from scratch?

Also a complete lack of the self-confidence and self-worth required to do such a thing

They're some seriously wretched cases, but shutting them out of the legal profession is probably the kindest thing to do in the grand scheme of things, they will be happier doing literally anything else

Imagine being perceived as an absolute fuckup retard by everyone else in the office from top to bottom, while still carrying a tiny little glowing ember if pride deep down that reminds you you were once in the same position as them, and are likely smarter than many recipe for a fucking office mass murder suicide if you ask me, No JDs please indeed.

Ice cold, brother.  Ice cold.

Separately, The Legal Watchdog shares this dispatch from The Lawyer Job Market.

Click through for the gory details but, basically, Racine County wants an independent contractor advocate counsel to work an annualized wage of $25,000, with the caveat that said counsel is obligated to work for a year, but can be fired any time the judges feel like it.  They're apparently looking for "a proven track record of high quality work and reliability," so this is not even an entry level job.  The full job listing is at the Milwaukee Bar (there is somebody to email about this job, but please leave her alone; she is doubtless a court employee who has little to no role in the plight of law school graduates).

Just for fun, I decided to see if Racine County is hiring anybody else.  Turns out that they need a Bailiff  for $9.10 an hour, with the only requirement that he or she have a high school education or GED.  On an hourly basis, this is likely better than our fearless "advocate counsel."  Heck, let's do the math: The ad estimates that there will be 70-80 assignments per attorney, so let's call it 75.  Let's take the rather whimsical position that competently handling each case will average 40 hours-- everything from client intake to final disposition including (i) research, (ii) discovery, (iii) talking with the client, (iv) waiting in court while other matters are called, (v) transportation time, (vi) reviewing the evidence and (vii) negotiating a plea deal.  Even if all but 1-2 of these plead out, that is an extremely high workload.  That is a 3000 hour work year for $25,000.  $25,000/3000 = $8.33... and even then, I'd have severe doubts that anybody could possibly fulfill their ethical duty to their clients.  The state is inevitably creating a situation in which defendants will NOT be competently represented.

And that the bailiff, who only need his GED, didn't burn three years and a hundred grand on bailiff school?  That's not even getting into the other more lucrative jobs at Racine County alone, such as corrections officer.

One last round of "bad news"/"good news"/"better news":

Bad news: The job listing contemplates handling felonies, including homicides.
Good news: Wisconsin has abolished the death penalty, so our plucky advocate counsel at least won't have any blood on his hands.
Better news: Even if the advocate counsel inadvertently gets somebody convicted of murder 2, their client will likely be out of jail before the lawyer's loans are paid off.

ATL wrote about the same topic here.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Contracts Manager - Immediate Need (SOMA / south beach)

[Ed.-- As pointed out on JDU, this is "the dictionary definition of JD disadvantage. They won't take you out of the running explicitly for having one, but they prefer that you don't have one".  As always, it's worth reading the "No JD" in conjunction with the other requirements; even if you have 3-5 years of on-point experience and are available immediately, they would still prefer it if you DON'T have a JD.  And that's for a job in the legal department!  The legal department doesn't want you to have a JD, why on Earth would anybody else?]

Major, Lindsey & Africa is currently seeking a talented Contract Manager for a technology client in San Francisco. Working as part of the legal team, this person will be responsible for reviewing, redlining and updating all inbound contracts, including SaaS agreements, NDAs and other commercial agreements. This is a temp-to-hire position slated to start ASAP.

- 3-5 years of contracts management experience in the technology industry
- experience working with licensing agreements.
- available immediately and able to work through the holidays
- no JD preferred

Qualified candidates should respond to this ad with an updated resume in Word format for immediate consideration. We look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Temp/Perm Immigration Paralegal/Legal Assistant

[Ed.-- When I started, I had no idea there were so many "college optional, but no JD's" jobs.  It takes a truly special graduate degree to make your undergrad degree LESS valuable.]

A well regarded small law office in Waltham, Massachusetts is seeking an Immigration Paralegal to join their dynamic legal team. We offer a collegial work environment that places a high value on collaboration. Individual must have good writing skills, be highly organized, and have the ability to multi-task. Individual must also be able to work within very strict time frames, have excellent interpersonal skills, and pays strong attention to detail. Responsibilities and duties would include: assisting attorneys in the preparation and filing of employment and family-based immigration petitions/applications with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, support attorneys with clients in removal proceedings in immigration court, communicate clearly both orally and in writing with individuals, legal offices and government agencies, filing and tracking various immigration applications and petitions, assist in the gathering of supporting documents, assist with additional administrative duties which may include answering phones, scheduling appointments, filing, other ad hoc tasks, and all other duties as assigned.

***Bachelor's Degree and/or Paralegal Certification is highly recommended as well as: excellent writing, computer, interpersonal, organization and time management skills. Proficiency in speaking and writing Spanish is a must. Previous immigration law experience is a strong plus but not a mandate for the right candidate. Please email resume and proposed salary.

Please no phone calls and no JDs, LLBs, or LLMs.
• Location: Middlesex County
• Compensation: TBD
• Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
• do NOT contact us with unsolicited services or offers

  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.

Sunday, October 26, 2014


[Ed.-- The proliferation of ALL-CAPS JOB ADS on Craigslist is a bit of a head-scratcher.  Presumably, whoever posted this ad does not always write like this.  So, why is the ad like this?]



Friday, October 24, 2014

Elder Law Paralegal (Sudbury)

[Ed.-- This ad perfectly encapsulates why non-elite JD's have a negative economic value, even if you ignore the time and capital cost in acquiring the degree itself.  With a law degree from a marginal or worse school, nobody will want to hire you as a lawyer.  Nobody will want to hire you for a non-lawyer legal position, because they don't think you'll be happy with long-term employment in a support position.  Outside of the legal industry, very few are going to see the law degree as a positive.  So, what was the point of getting the degree in the first instance?]

Multiple location elder law and estate planning law firm experiencing continued growth seeks paralegal with Estate Planning and office management experience for our Sudbury office. This is a part-time (30 hours) position. A working knowledge of WealthCounsel/ElderCounsel software is a plus. This position will have extensive interaction with clients.

• Previous experience working in a law office.
• Experience and ability to answer office phones.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office skills.
• Ability to work under stress and in a fast pace environment.
• Ability to multitask.
• Excellent telephone, verbal and communication skills.
• Customer Focus -- must reflect respect and caring for our clients.
• Ability to learn new software quickly.
• Strong attention to detail.
• Professional Attitude, speech and demeanor must reflect respect and caring for our clients
• Professional Attire
• Ability to work as part of a team as well as autonomously.

Firm Description:
Bay State Elder Law, P.C. is an elder centered, fast growing firm. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, sexual preference or disabilities (but please do not apply if you are a smoker as we are a smoke free office). Due to the highly sensitive nature of our work and the vulnerability of our clients, all staff must agree to initial and annual comprehensive background checks.

Submission Requirements:
1. Respond to this position using "CraigList Paralegal" in the subject line of your email.
2. Attach both your resume AND a short cover letter should tell me why you'll be successful in this position and include your salary requirements. Your submissions may be in any of the following formats: MSWord or PDF).

Please note that we are only interested in applications from people who are seriously interested in long-term employment in a support position -- no attorneys or law students, please. We apologize as we cannot respond to every submission. We will contact you if we intend to interview you.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Spanish Speaking Immigration Paralegal (Downtown)

[Ed.-- Willing to train the right candidate.  The right candidate does not have a JD.]

Downtown immigration law firm looking for Spanish speaking paralegal. Prior immigration experience highly preferred but we are willing to train the right candidate. Looking for someone who is hard working, dedicated to helping clients, has good customer service skills, is punctual, reliable, organized, and has a sense of humor. MUST be 100% fluent in BOTH English and Spanish (speaking, reading, writing). Applicants who are not 100% fluent in both languages will not be considered; also, no JD's.

We are looking for someone who wants a long-term opportunity to grow with our firm. Compensation varies depending on experience; health insurance and other benefits available.

Email resume for consideration.    

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Intake Specialist / Legal Assistant (Near JWA)

[Ed.-- "We aren't like most law firms... but, like most law firms, we don't want to hire non-elite JD's in any capacity."]

A growing Personal Injury firm in Irvine is looking to fill its Intake Specialist position. We aren't like most law firms; we're relaxed, but fast-paced, with unbeatable amenities, fantastic atmosphere and challenging work. We strongly believe in rewarding those within the firm with bonuses and other perks, there is also room for advancement as well.

Our ideal candidate has the following:
Legal assistant experience
Bi-lingual (Spanish/English)
Comfortable being on the phone with potential clients (heavy phone use)
Ability to determine what is a "good" or "acceptable" case and which cases are not for us.
Likes to work as part of a team

This position involves heavy phone use, so it is important the right candidate has good phone etiquette and persuasive speaking skills. Additionally, attention to detail is important in gathering information to begin a client's file.

We have recovered multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients, and look forward to helping even more clients. To apply, please send a copy of your resume to the above email. Please no JD's or those awaiting Bar Results.

Pay is 10-14 per hour, flexible schedule available, but some weekends required

Monday, October 20, 2014


[Ed.-- The requirements for this job are literally (1) having a car, (2) having a driver's license, (3) having car insurance, and (4) not being an attorney.]


Looking for a mature, responsible individual who lives in Milwaukee County
that can work on an hourly basis part-time whenever needed. The ideal candidate must have reliable transportation, a valid driver license and automobile insurance. The work consists of delivering Legal Documents to individual's homes. Experience with personal injury law preferred. Please send cover letter and resume for review.    

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Relativity eDiscovery Consultant (Urgent Need)

[Ed.-- Even for a job heavily entangled with litigation, employers would still prefer a non-lawyer to a lawyer.  If a JD degree doesn't prepare you to work in the legal industry in a non-lawyer role, then why would employers outside the legal industry prefer candidates with one?  Simple: Outside of NALP fables, they mostly don't.]

Are you a subject matter expert in Relativity, great in eDiscovery, good at Microsoft Excel, flexible with travel, and seeking a fast-paced opportunity to flex your skills? Then look no further -- Excel Global Partners (EGP) has the career opportunity for you. The position may last for 1 year plus and you will work in an exciting team environment on a challenging case.

Requirements are:

• 100% travel. This is NOT a legal/attorney role. This is a technical/IT role for eDiscovery Relativity subject matter experts. Practicing attorneys need NOT apply.
• Short-term, fast paced project (7 day work weeks with long hours and opportunities for compensation advancement are very likely)
• Strong proficiency in Microsoft Excel
• REQUIRED: Very Strong Experience in Relativity
• Experience in Concordance and Equivio a plus
• Bachelor's degree or higher
• 3+ years eDiscovery experience, particularly in the production and review stages of eDiscovery.
• Strong proficiency in MS Office applications and email (e.g. Lotus Notes and Outlook)
• Excellent decision-making skills
• Database experience
• eDiscovery case management experience (collection, review, processing, and production of data; decision-making and production protocol experience)
• Strong organizational and time-management skills, including the ability to establish 
priorities and manage multiple tasks
• Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
• Excellent written, verbal communication, and presentation skills
• Excellent customer-service and interpersonal skills
• Ability to start ASAP. (Work on holidays and weekends likely)

Responsibilities will include:

• Complete coordination and management of the activities related to the processing, review and production of electronic files.
• Work with other 3rd party vendor resources to process data and load it to 3rd party review tools, the enterprise legal repository, resolving data errors or any other problems encountered during the process.
• Provide electronic load files in industry standard formats to internal and external customers.
• Provide counsel to clients regarding recommended processes and best practices, related to the 
processing and production of data.
• Identify, analyze and resolve any data errors or integrity issues.
• Serve as primary liaison between key clients, outside counsel, IT Development & Operations 
departments, and third-party vendors for assigned matters.
• Analyze raw data and reports and provide recommendation of production format for nontraditional 
data sources.
• Stay current on emerging technologies, industry trends and capabilities in the eDiscovery area.
• Provide counsel to clients and eDiscovery team regarding recommended processes and best 
practices while working with established client policies and procedures, including input and 
recommendations to the litigation holds and archiving processes.
• Develop strategic and tactical project plans with the legal teams, and participate in their 
• Identify, recommend, and implement additional initiatives in line with the client's needs.
• Provide guidance on culling of electronic data including the development of search syntax. 

• Experience managing the collection, processing, review and production of eDiscovery data for litigation in a multi-party environment, including a working knowledge of search terms and production protocol. 2+ years.
• Demonstrated experience providing guidance to clients on emerging technologies, industry trends, and handling of non-standard data sources. 
• Working knowledge of relational databases and client email systems (e.g., Lotus Notes, 
• Knowledge of various commercial software applications for the processing and review of 
electronic data including the proper handling of metadata, text extraction and indexing of 
• Knowledge of search syntax with an understanding of search indexes.
• Familiarity with industry standard litigation-support formats and metadata for common file 
• Familiarity with the proper handling of metadata, text extraction and indexing of data.
• Proficiency with commercial eDiscovery software.
• Strong organizational and time-management skills, including the ability to establish 
priorities and manage multiple tasks.
• Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
• Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills

Required: Bachelor's degree in a technical field (or bachelor's degree and significant e-discovery experience). Additional degrees and certifications a plus.

To Apply:

If you are a qualified professional and interested in applying to join our team, please reply to this posting with: a (1) cover letter, (2) current resume, and (3) compensation/salary requirements.

Submissions that do not contain all of the above 3 items will not be considered.

All candidates who make it to the second round of screenings will be required to complete a background check, drug screening, application, and a Microsoft Excel computer skills test.

Excel Global Partners will contact qualified candidates after reviewing submitted materials.

Thank you for your interest.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Criminal Justice Associate/Assistant Professor, and Assistant Professor (two openings)

[Ed.-- Today's post comes courtesy of The Legal Watchdog.  Thanks again!  

It's actually fairly remarkable that a JD is not appropriate for a position teaching criminal justice.  Every law graduate took at least baby crim law, and some might have supplemented it with criminal procedure, working on a criminal law journal, etc.  None of that matters; a law degree qualifies you to be an attorney and nothing else.

While outside the scope of this blog, there's another remarkable fact about academia: I went to what is generally considered a "good school" (think somewhere between 5-20).  Virtually every professor had a PhD and a JD-- and the JD was from Harvard, Yale, Stanford, or the University of Chicago.  In other words, even my own law school was disinterested in hiring its graduates, and would much prefer a candidate who went somewhere else.  My class (including myself) did okay anyway, because there are only so many Harvard/Yale/Stanford/Chi grads to go around and take jobs, but that's quite a strong revealed preference, no?  Your own school doesn't think you're as good as elite students, why would anybody else?]

Two positions open
associate professor/assistant professor of criminal justice
assistant professor of criminal justice
The Criminal Justice Department at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside invites applications for two tenure/tenure track positions beginning August 2015: 1) Associate Professor/Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and 2) Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice. For more information about the Criminal Justice Department visit:
At the rank of Associate Professor the applicant must meet the required qualifications and provide evidence of an active research/publication record that is commensurate with departmental requirements for this rank. Areas of teaching are open. There is an opportunity to become department chair.
At the Assistant Professor level an ABD will be considered for a one-year terminal appointment as a lecturer with conversion to tenure-track assistant professor if all requirements for the degree have been successfully completed by March 1, 2016.
Demonstrated ability to teach race/crime, police, criminal law, criminal procedure, criminal court process, and/or criminal justice research methods.
  • Ph.D. in criminal justice, criminology or a closely related field (a law degree is not appropriate for this position)
  • For the Associate/Assistant Professor position, areas of teaching are open
  • For the Assistant Professor position, demonstrated ability to teach race/crime, police, criminal law, criminal procedure, criminal court process, and/or criminal justice research methods
  • Evidence of scholarly record or scholarly promise
  • Demonstrated interest in implementing curricula that address multicultural issues
  • Experience with a variety of teaching methods and/or curricular perspectives at the college level
  • Teaching core and upper-division criminal justice courses
  • Teaching load of 24 credits per academic year
  • Evidence of an active research/publication record
  • Academic advising
  • Participation in departmental, campus, professional and community service
  • Provide service to the department in support of curriculum, teaching, and service to the university and community
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Current knowledge in technological advancements as they relate to pedagogical issues in higher education
  • Ability to engage in appropriate instructor-student relationships/interactions and collegial conduct
  • Ability to work on a computer for extended periods of time
  • Ability to effectively communicate with students, staff and colleagues both orally and in writing
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan.
The University:
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is a comprehensive campus of the University of Wisconsin System with approximately 4,800 students, 120 faculty, and 70 instructional academic staff offering 33 undergraduate majors and 3 master’s degrees in 22 academic departments. The campus is located between the cities of Kenosha and Racine in southeastern Wisconsin, within the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor. The university is situated on 700 acres of prairie and woodland approximately two miles west of Lake Michigan. Consisting of 15 buildings, the coherence and unity of the original campus design within its natural landscape has been sustained over four decades of development. Recent additions include a renovated and expanded student center, a 250 bed suite-style residence hall, and a greatly expanded and renovated center for the arts and humanities.
Review of Applications:
Applications received by December 3, 2014 are ensured full consideration; position is open until filled.
A representative from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside will be attending the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology in San Francisco to promote these positions.
To Apply:
Go to: Click the "Apply Now" button. You must create an account and login before you can apply. If you have not yet registered, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password' and select "Login."
Job title: Criminal Justice Assistant Professor and Associate/Assistant Professor
Job ID: 9907
Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed.
If you have application questions call or email:
Connie Minton, Academic Department Associate
Criminal Justice Search Committee
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Department of Criminal Justice
900 Wood Road
Kenosha WI 53144
Telephone: 262-595-3416
Fax: 262-595-2471
Contact Name: Connie Minton
Contact Phone:(262) 595-3416

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Part-time legal assistant (Needham)

[Ed.-- Can't crack the T20?  You can either work in a law firm or go to law school, but you can't do both.  Choose wisely.]

I have a busy solo elder law/estate planning practice off Route 128 in Needham. I need an experienced part-time legal assistant/client services professional to support me and my paralegal. I anticipate that this position will become a full-time position within the next six to twelve months. Here's who I'm looking for:

• You will have at least two years of office experience, of which at least one year will have been in a law firm. Ideally you will have had some exposure to elder law, probate, estate planning and guardianship cases.

• You have excellent customer service and phone skills and can take accurate, detailed messages.

• You are highly organized and have experience opening, managing and closing both paper and electronic files, including scanning into Adobe Acrobat and using bookmarks.

• You are able to prioritize projects and follow directions, but also able to improvise when faced with a challenge.

• You can draft a basic business letter using correct grammar, formatting and spelling.

• You are proficient in Word (versions 2007 or later) and comfortable using Excel and Outlook. You get extra points given if you know Time Matters or another law firm case management system.

In addition to these technical skills, you have the character and work ethic required for any small business to succeed. You are a team player and will not only take charge of your assignments, but come up with solutions to administrative problems. You are friendly, upbeat, and good at working with clients who may need extra hand-holding. You are proactive, organized, reliable and game to try new things. You are smart, resourceful and able to follow directions. You are willing to work some overtime if needed or a very occasional evening if I have an after-hours presentation to give.

Here's what I'm offering.

• A comfortable work environment with friendly people.

• Pay commensurate with experience.

• You'll have a boss who is invested in your success and flexible within reason if you need to adjust your schedule because of an outside commitment.

• You'll also get the satisfaction of knowing that you've helped clients and their families through challenging times.

Both your cover letter and your resume must be ATTACHMENTS in Microsoft Word. Your cover letter should tell me why you'll be successful in this position and include your salary requirements. Make sure to put the words "Craigslist job" in your header.

Please note that I am only interested in applications from people who are seriously interested in long-term employment in a support position -- no attorneys or law students, please. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, I can only reply to those persons whom I wish to interview.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Junior Paralegal

[Ed.-- A long-term temporary need through the end of the year... also known as ten weeks.  I guess that's what counts as long-term in this industry.]

Source: Kent Daniels and Associates, Inc.

Los Angeles law firm has a long-term temporary need through the end of the year for a Litigation Project Assistant/Case Clerk.  The qualified candidate will have a college degree, a paralegal certificate, or Junior Paralegal experience.  This is an entry-level position.  No JDs, please.  The hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with overtime flexibility needed. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

LEGAL EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT for Sr. Partner, NY Global Law Firm (Downtown)

[Ed.-- I thought this ad looked familiar, and a look through my archives shows that substantially the same ad was posted two weeks ago.  Check out the redline of the two ads.  Oddly, it appears that a master's degree is no longer an advantage for this job.  However, it is 100% certain that they don't want JD's.]

---I will contact you immediately if your resume looks like it may work

This is a HIGH-LEVEL, LEGAL EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT, and/or Legal Secretary Position supporting a Sr. Partner in a NY Global Law Firm located Downtown Manhattan

(no JD's, sorry!)

---> Five (5) + years of Medium to Large size Manhattan Law Firm Experience Supporting an Associate or Partner Level Attorney

---> BACHELOR'S DEGREE with above average GPA is required

---> 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.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Junior Paralegal- HR Group

[Ed.-- They prefer someone who has finished college or has a paralegal certificate, but they absolutely demand somebody who does NOT have a JD.]

Our client, a large corporation in Armonk, NY, is seeking a junior paralegal to join their Human Resources group for a long-term contract assignment that has the possibility of going permanent. Qualified candidates must have a minimum of 2-3 years of experience as a paralegal in a law firm or corporate environment. A Bachelor's Degree and paralegal certificate are preferred, but not required. The ideal candidate will be be a self-starter, detail-oriented, and have excellent computer skills. Some of the job duties consist of reviewing non-compete agreements, preparation of analysis of same, performing research, reviewing statutes, filing, and some administrative duties.
Qualified candidates must have excellent communication and written skills. 

In order to be considered, please submit a resume in MS Word format.

Please note: no JD's will be considered for this position.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Legal Assistant (Denver)

[Ed.--  The job says that you will "[l]earn the specifics about how to practice law", but then says no JD's.  Are they teaching people how to engage in the unauthorized practice of law?

More broadly, if a job on craigslist asks you to send a "friendly photo" and says that you must be "non traditional, irreverent, and possess a good sense of humor", my sincere advice is not to reply.  Creepy.]

If you'd like work experience with a local boutique practice, send us your res/cv and a friendly photo. Part time, temp to possible perm. Learn the specifics about how to practice law. Great resume builder. 13$ an hour, Cap Hill location. No JD's. Must be non traditional, irreverent, and possess a good sense of humor. Work from home possible.

Saturday, October 11, 2014


[Ed.-- An interesting sub-genre in these ads is the "law students only" variant.  A lot of the time, the employer is really buying access to the student's free WestLaw/Lexis, which is really the main explanation for why a law student becomes unemployable after graduation.  I love the bonus hilarity of the ad demanding that applicants include the name of the school in the subject of their email, and presumably all of their applicants will be in an LA school.  Southwestern students take hope; they'll get to you if they can't find anybody at USC, UCLA, or Loyola.]

A fun and laid-back online auction company located near LAX is looking for a part-time law clerk/legal intern to assist our In-house team with contract drafting and legal research.

- Must have experience with legal research and writing for this PAID position.
- 2Ls and 3Ls only please. Opportunity for full-time employment after graduation.

Please Reply to this e-mail with a resume and cover letter. Also, Include the name of your law school in the subject of the email.

**LAW STUDENTS ONLY PLEASE. No JDs or Recent Grads***

***No emails will be opened without the LAW SCHOOL NAME IN SUBJECT.***

Friday, October 10, 2014

Patent Agent Job

[Ed.-- I love the construction, "The ideal candidate will have a strong technical background in Biology with 2-4 years of patent prosecution experience and no JD."  When they thought about their ideal candidate, he/she had two attributes: 2-4 years of relevant experience, and not dumb enough to go to law school.  It's also notable that their ideal candidate has no JD and they say again later that a JD is not required for this position.  At least as written, this job is in theory available to somebody who did get a JD, which is the purest form of "JD Disadvantage"; most ads I run are variants of "JD's need not apply."]

Patent Agent
NeoStem - New York, NY

About Us

As a leader in the emerging cellular therapy industry, NeoStem is pursuing the preservation and enhancement of human health globally through the development of cell based therapeutics that prevent, treat, cure, or regenerate damaged or aged tissue, cells and organs and restoring their normal function. Cellular therapy is the process by which new cells are introduced into a tissue to prevent or treat disease, or to regenerate damaged or aged tissue. We believe that cell therapy will play a large role in changing the natural history of diseases as more breakthrough therapies are developed, ultimately lessening the overall burden of disease on patients and their families, as well as the economic burden that these diseases impose upon modern society.

Job Description:

To assist with drafting, writing, and prosecuting patent applications; and, strategically developing patent portfolios, and supporting litigators in the development of enforcement and defense strategies. The ideal candidate will have a strong technical background in Biology with 2-4 years of patent prosecution experience and no JD. This position could be part-time (approximately 20 hours per week) or full-time, depending upon the candidate’s preference and experience.

Prepares and drafts patent applications
Conducts prior art database searches for patentability and freedom to operate analyses
Manages a portfolio of approximately 100 patents and patent applications
Analyzes patents and scientific papers and documents to assist patent attorneys on patent prosecutions in the US and OUS
Works closely with business, project teams, general counsel and product development to identify and articulate opportunities for patent protections
Supports Patent attorneys in patentability and analysis
Coordinates prosecution activities with various departments
Other duties as assigned

Bachelor’s degree in Biology or a relevant scientific or life sciences discipline required; Master’s degree preferred
At least 2-4 years of experience with patent prosecution; prior firm experience is a plus
This position DOES NOT require a JD degree
Must have scientific knowledge and experience in cellular biology/biotechnology
Must be available to work minimum 15-20 hours per week (P/T)
Registration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) a plus
Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, preferably Word and Excel
Must have an excellent track record in building effective relationships with other departments and third parties
Ability to comfortably interact and clearly communicate with individuals at all levels of the organization
Proven ability to manage multiple activities and make complex decisions
Must be organizational savvy and action-oriented
Ability to manage critical and ambiguous situations to make effective decisions
Ability to maximize business results through continuous improvement
Strong technical, written and verbal communication skills requiredStrong influencing, planning, organizing, problem-solving and negotiation skills
Excellent interpersonal skills

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Senior Commercial Litigation Paralegal (Midtown)

[Ed.-- A lot of these employers are very polite about rejecting JD's.  I am sure it's frustrating for them to get hoards of unemployable JD's applying for every job opening.  Saying no that many times must get wearing.  Note the disjunctive here; if somebody had five years of paralegal experience in an AmLaw setting and all the other requirements, then they would be a good fit for this job.  If they have that experience and then go to law school, though, they cannot get this job.  Your law degree has negative economic value.]

We are currently recruiting a senior commercial litigation paralegal for a permanent opportunity with a premier boutique firm in Midtown Manhattan. Position will be focused on commercial litigation work, and also some insurance arbitration. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five (5) years of experience, some of which will have been gained in an AmLaw setting. A BA degree is required for this position. Note: client will consider paralegals currently in between positions, so long as they have very strong permanent experience. Trial experience, war room experience, cite-checking, blue booking, Shepardizing, online database knowledge, and researching abilities are key. Major pluses would be federal and state court experience in New York.

Salary will be commensurate with experience, the position includes a full benefit package.

In order to be considered, please submit a resume in MS Word format, along with salary requirements, and we will reach out with further details. Please note: sorry but no JD's will be considered for this role.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Business Instructor

[Ed-- A pseudo non-profit governing operating a series of colleges is looking for a few good profs to teach.  A PhD is not required, but they do want some sort of terminal degree, preferably an MBA.  Or a terminal degree in education!  But not a JD.  No JD's under any circumstances.  We're trying to pass along *useful* knowledge here, folks.  Perhaps you can change their minds by showing them your AmJur'd your law and business class?  

I normally confine my comments to the "No JD" part, but I find it hilarious that being able to lift 15 lbs is an 'essential function.'  In that case, they are probably wise to avoid lawyers, who learned in law school to transport 15 pounds via a rolling backpack.]*FDBC2197A6A266C6

Company Overview

The Center for Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.  CEHE operates degree-granting career colleges throughout the western United States and online.  The college brands include Stevens-Henager Colleges in Utah and Idaho; CollegeAmerica in Colorado, Arizona, and Wyoming; California College San Diego, and Independence University (online platform). All of the colleges are accredited by ACCSC, a national accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The colleges offer degree programs from the Associate’s level through the Master’s level in variety of disciplines including: Computer Science, Graphic Arts, Business/Accounting, Medical Specialties, Nursing, and Healthcare.  CEHE is an at-will employer.

Instructor, Business

Duties include teaching the entire range of appropriate courses from beginning to advanced. Students in these classes are preparing for Associate and/or Bachelor degrees. Basic duties will involve instruction, tutoring, student advising, and some curriculum development. The instructor is responsible for the retention of students from the beginning to the end of the module.

Essential Functions:

·         Conduct classes in accordance with established syllabi and lesson plans. 
·         Prepare, administer and grade assignments, quizzes and tests.
·         Provide objective and subjective feedback regarding student performance.
·         Maintain records of student attendance, grades, lab, and/or homework assignments.
·         Advise students regarding academic matters to improve successful course completion.
·         Communicate pro-actively with campus administration regarding student issues. 
·         Ensure campus and college regulations and policies are known and followed.
·         Maintain a healthy, secure, and safe classroom environment.
·         Participate in scheduled faculty meetings and in services.
·         Report Preparation.
·         Must be able to lift 15 lbs.


·         A current working knowledge of all theory and practical applications for courses being taught.
·         Communicate effectively verbally, in writing, and through appropriate electronic media.
·         Work successfully in a team environment.
·         Hold the appropriate degree for courses being taught, as stipulated by ACCSC.
·         Additional specific requirements listed below where appropriate
·         An undergraduate degree in some business discipline, a Master’s degree in some business (preferably MBA); the preferred candidate will have a terminal degree in either education or business (but not a JD).
·         Teaching/training experience preferred.

Measures of Merit:

  • TBD by supervisor within 90 days of hire.


This specification is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions given this title, and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned. Ability to competently perform all the essential duties of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, demonstrated commitment to effective customer service delivery, and the ability to work productively as a member of a team or work group are basic requirements of all positions at CEHE.

Company Culture

We are People-Focused - We respect the intelligence and potential of each staff member. We provide a working environment that permits freedom to think, speak, disagree, innovate, create, and initiate. We value and admire ambitious and productive people, and we protect them, encourage them, and create a climate in which they flourish. We love, recognize, and reward producers and performers. In return, we require our employees to have a strong work ethic and be productive. We recruit broadly, and select the highest caliber people available - ambitious, knowledgeable, and talented managers, instructors, admissions consultants, and administrators.

Sound Values and Virtues - The ethical conduct of our employees is of supreme importance. We hold the following as values and virtues: rationality, purpose, innovation, productiveness, profit, honesty, integrity, justice, and pride. These values are the core of our ethical code. To be ethical means to apply, to work by, and to live by these values and virtues.

CREDO - We are dedicated to helping our students graduate and get a much better job sooner. This is our mission. We pledge to provide the finest career education possible and to graduate satisfied students who have greater knowledge, skills and self-esteem in the shortest possible time. Our education is high value, clear, and interesting and achieves the highest level of learning and achievement for students. We want to deliver twice as much in half the time.

CEHE is a drug free environment and we perform drug testing.

Equal Opportunity Employer - We are an equal opportunity employer. No employee, or applicant for employment, shall be discriminated against in any term or condition of employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or sexual orientation. We are constantly striving to make our colleges the best they can be. As an employee, you become part of that mission. We expect a commitment that you will be the best you can be.