Paralegal and Legal Secretary Positions

The Office of the County Counsel is the general counsel for the County of Santa Clara, including the Board of Supervisors and all County departments and agencies, as well as certain other public entities. The Office provides all day-to-day legal services expected from any in-house attorney, including advice and counsel regarding how to navigate emerging areas of law, civil litigation for the County, and negotiation and drafting of contracts and other legal documents. The Office's attorneys work in a wide array of practice areas, including civil litigation, labor and employment, health and hospital, law and justice, child welfare, probate/conservatorship, workers' compensation, general government advice and transactions, real property and public works, civil and code enforcement, and social justice and impact litigation. As public law attorneys, our work covers a wide array of policy matters that significantly affect the health, safety, and well-being of the County's 1.9 million residents.

The Office of the County Counsel is currently recruiting for Paralegals and Legal Secretaries to work as partners with attorneys and other paralegals and legal secretaries. We offer a friendly, professional environment and the opportunity to work in a public law office doing work which has an impact on the community and the lives of our most vulnerable citizens.

Legal Secretary Trainee, Legal Secretary I, and Legal Secretary II Positions

Legal Secretaries in the Office of the County Counsel may work in several legal practice areas. Legal Secretaries will: assist attorneys in preparing for hearings in state and federal court, as well as other state and federal administrative agencies;  prepare legal correspondence, memoranda, and pleadings; file, research, and track legal papers with state, federal, and appellate courts; abstract information from files; manage attorneys' calendars and files; keep attorneys aware of scheduled events and approaching deadlines; and communicate by phone and email with clients, maintaining a high degree of confidentiality and professionalism at all times.

Applicants may also be considered for Legal Secretary positions that are designated as Confidential and receive five-percent (5%) premium pay. Positions are designated Confidential to support the County Counsel's Labor and Employment Team, whose attorneys are involved in contract negotiations with various employee bargaining units, personnel and union grievances, employee discipline, arbitrations, and other personnel matters involving union members. Confidential Employees are not represented by SEIU Local 521. A Confidential Legal Secretary may also be assigned to assist the Office's executive management attorneys.

Paralegal – County Counsel and Senior Paralegal - County Counsel

Paralegals and Senior Paralegals in the Office of the County Counsel assist in the preparation of civil or quasi-civil cases for trial or other legal proceedings, prepare legal documents, conduct interviews and meetings, perform legal research, and prepare written memoranda. 

If you are interested in a legal secretary or paralegal position with the Office of the County Counsel, send a cover letter and resume via email to [email protected] with the Subject line “Legal Secretary Position” or “Paralegal Position.”

The County of Santa Clara is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Diversity and Inclusion

Santa Clara County is one of the most diverse communities in the United States, and its diversity is one of its greatest strengths. Our Office aims to reflect the communities we serve, and we believe that diversity in our Office is crucial to successfully performing the variety of work with which we are entrusted. Being able to draw on different perspectives allows us to be at the forefront of legal issues both locally and nationally. The Office of the County Counsel seeks a diverse applicant pool for every position, welcomes qualified applicants of all backgrounds, and hires based on fair and open competition.  

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