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  • 502109
  • MESA
  • Full-time





Job Location:

Address:  120 W 1ST AVE MESA

Posting Details:

Salary: $33,345.00 - $40,800.00 

Grade: 19

Closing Date: 

Job Summary:

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office Child & Family Protection Division/Protective Services Section is seeking a Legal Assistant III.

Job Duties:

The paralegal provides support for one or more Assistant Attorneys General including performing legal research and conducting investigations; gathering evidence for trials; and drafting/preparing legal memoranda, briefs, opinions, and legislation necessary for processing of dependency/severance cases referred by the client. The paralegal answers inquiries from client, court personnel and others regarding case activity and status using automated case management systems to maintain and track case records and activity. Coordinates varied attorney schedules for coverage. Complies with all laws, rules and office policies and procedures applicable to the performance of the job. Performs additional tasks as assigned by supervising personnel. Duties involve reviewing, creating and processing materials and information that are confidential by federal and state laws.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge and understanding of applicable statutes, rules and regulations of state and federal courts. Knowledge of legal research techniques, terminology, forms, court procedures and applicable time frames in general and specifically and extensive knowledge of Juvenile Court Rules of dependency, severance and guardianship practice and the principles, concepts, practices, methods, and techniques common to a modern law office.
Skills in written and oral communication.
Skills in dealing with the public.
Skills in coordination of legal requests, inquiries and responses expeditiously.
Skills in conducting and controlling interviews with witnesses and parties involved in legal actions.
Must be able to handle a high volume of work and stressful situations.
Ability to appropriately incorporate all current state laws, rules, regulations and agency and in-office procedures as well as rules of court.
Ability to analyze situations and use good judgment in making decisions.
Ability to independently identify issues and prepare concise analysis of case files and legal documentation, incorporating all facts obtained in a thorough, orderly and concise manner.
Ability to prepare legal pleadings, memoranda and correspondence.
Ability to interact with and obtain information from witnesses, litigants, court officials and representatives of state agencies.
Must be able to handle a high volume of work and stressful situations.

Selective Preference(s):

Two years of full-time employment as a paralegal; or two years full-time employment with the State of Arizona as a legal assistant II; or a Baccalaureate degree in any area plus paralegal certification through an institutionally accredited program and one year of full-time employment as a paralegal.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• All applicants under serious consideration for hire with the Attorney General's Office are required to be fingerprinted by the Office and complete a criminal background check through State and Federal agencies. A job offer cannot be tendered until the candidate has successfully passed the initial background check. Your record does not automatically constitute a bar to employment. Factors such as, but not limited to, age at time of offense and age of offense, as well as the relationship between the offense and the job for which you apply will be taken into account.


The Attorney General's Office offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
Sick leave
Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
Health and dental insurance
Retirement plan
Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS). Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.

Contact Us:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Human Resources at (602) 542-8056 or email us at humanresources@azag.gov.

During all phases of the selection process, people with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting the AG’s Human Resources Office at (602) 542-8056 or via e-mail at HumanResources@azag.gov. The Arizona Office of the Attorney General does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation or age in its programs, activities or in its hiring and employment practices. The following division has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Operations Division, 2005 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004, Phone: (602) 542-8056, Fax: (602) 542-8000.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.