Paralegal

Seeking a Rockstar Family Law Paralegal

We are looking for a Paralegal with Family Law or Civil Litigation experience for our Murrieta office. We are an entrepreneurial family law firm that is on track for aggressive growth and we need a paralegal with experience in family law or civil litigation to join our team and be a total rockstar – working directly with the owners and attorneys to support the team and help our clients.

This will probably be the most honest and most detailed job posting you will ever read. That’s because we want to be very up-front about our expectations about the job and our ideal candidate. If you are up for a job that is as rewarding as it is demanding, please continue reading the rest of this ad. If you are up to the challenge, we look forward to seeing your resume and cover letter.

We need people who are not afraid of computers, technology, or learning new things that will make their jobs easier. If you aren’t confident in your tech skills and ability to learn, you are not the right person for this job. You MUST be competent and proficient in the use of Word, Outlook, and One Drive. You MUST be able to navigate the web like Magellan. You must be able to handle working with several different databases of information and comfortable organizing data. If you are familiar with legal case management software, CRM programs, Xspouse and/or CEB that is a plus.

If you lose stuff, are not organized, or get easily distracted, please don’t apply.

We are fully invested in policies and procedures and systems. We appreciate and nurture creativity and innovation, and we expect you to follow the rules. We expect you to assist in revising and implementing the systems. If you don’t think that’s possible, please don’t apply. We believe in a team approach, where you can ask for help when you need it without fear of being judged. You will also need to know how to figure things out on your own and be able to creatively solve problems and come up with solutions. You must be able to think on your feet and make smart decisions. Your ability to listen to what you are being told and ask follow-up questions is very important. If you cannot listen, understand, evaluate, and interview someone, this is not the job for you.

If, while you have been reading this, you were distracted by the buzz of your cellphone or had to check a Facebook alert, this might not be the job for you. If you think showing up for work 10 minutes late is no big deal, or if you need take more than 2 coffee, smoke, or cell phone breaks during the workday, this job is not for you. If you want to spend time Monday through Friday surfing the internet, Facebooking, or chatting on the phone and still expect to be paid, this is not the job for you. If this offends you, this is not the job for you.

You must be an optimistic, positive person. Our office does not do well with toxic people or drama queens, gossipers, gossipers, or victims. You will not fit in here if you even think that you may fit into one of those categories of negative people.

If you are the type of person who chats on your cell while you are in the check-out line face-to-face with a cashier, this is not the job for you.

If you are one of those people who somehow seeks to frequently get sick on Thursday night, Friday morning, or Sunday night … so you can come in late or take a sick day on Fridays and Mondays, this really is not the job for you. We know and understand the difference between “sick” and sick. We give reasonable PTO. We know how to spot a pattern. If you get “sick” when it is convenient for you and don’t care what your long weekend does to the rest of the team, please do not apply for this position.

Can you tell that we want someone who knows how to play on a team? You will be working in a small office, with a group who is all accountable to one another. We are strong believers in the team approach and our office is a team environment, so if you are not a team player, this is not the job for you. If you think you can fake being a team player, you can’t. Don’t try. Just accept that this is not the job for you.

You cannot “talk down” to anyone that you deal with in our office. You need to be able to talk to people (all people…including employees, clients, visitors, salespeople, servers, the public, doctors, and people at the insurance company) in a manner that is polite, professional, well-spoken, and that puts them at ease. Most importantly, you MUST have compassion when dealing with our clients.

To be perfectly honest, we expect you to give us 100% when you are at work. You owe it to our clients, your co-workers, and yourself to do the best job that you can. You need to be willing to do what it takes to get the job done right the first time. In our practice, getting it done right the first time for our clients is very important and we need everyone to work with this goal in mind. If this seems too much to ask of you, don’t apply for this job.

If you think your paralegal certificate and years of work experience mean that you are too good or too valuable or too important to make coffee, stuff envelopes, or fill in for the receptionist, this is absolutely, positively not the job for you.

To put it simply, we want you to do good work and rally around our clients to help solve their legal problems. We want people who want to make a positive difference in our little piece of the world.

If you think our office sounds like a horrible, no-fun, no-good place to be, this is not the job for you. If this sounds harsh or unfair, then this is not the job for you. You should stop reading this ad right now.

If, on the other hand, you realize that the work environment we have created will help you get your job done efficiently, while working with people who love their job, and help you find a path to achieve your personal, professional, and financial goals, then you are the type of candidate we would like to meet.

If you are hired, you will be part of a wonderful team of people who work hard to get the job done right the first time and take pride in the work that they do. You will be part of a team that is rewarded for hard work.

With regard to compensation, it is negotiable based upon experience and is subject to review after 120 days. In addition, we offer a 401(k) after 6 months of employment. We also offer a bonus plan that rewards you when you reach goals and gives you some control over what you can earn working for our firm. If we succeed, you will too!

Is this going to be an easy job? No. It might be one of the biggest challenges of your life. But it is our belief that anything really great is worth working for, and that our greatest growth comes from our biggest challenges. You will be challenged. You will have fun. You will be compensated. And you will help our clients.

If you have gotten this far, you are truly an exceptional person (most people stopped reading this ad a long time ago). If you are thinking about applying it means that you are ready for a challenge and want to be part of a team where your hard work and efforts are recognized and rewarded.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates please follow these instructions. APPLICATIONS THAT DO NOT FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

  • Send an email to greylegaljobs@gmail.com
  • In the Subject line, type your last name, followed by a hyphen and the phase “I am your
    next Rockstar”
  • In the body of your e-mail, answer the following questions in bullet-point format:
    • Why do you want to be a paralegal in a family law firm.
    • What you are looking for in a job.
    • What you bring to the table (i.e., qualities that would be of value to our firm).
    • Your salary requirements.
    • What you liked about our ad and what you did not like about our ad (You can be
      honest, we will not hold it against you).

Those we select for further consideration will be asked to take a short, written quiz, participate in one or more phone and in-person interviews, and provide professional references.

Thank you for taking the time to read this entire ad, if you decide to apply and follow instructions, we look forward to meeting you.

While we will do our due diligence on you, we will not immediately contact your current employer about your application so if this position interests you please apply.