Junior associate attorneys are responsible for gathering information for legal cases and assisting senior attorneys in forming arguments. They are in charge of facilitating the research process and interviewing key individuals before proceeding in court. They help complete court and administrative paperwork.
They use their excellent verbal and written skills to communicate with clients, court staff, judges, and other attorneys. Some of their main responsibilities include litigating in court, presenting statements, and negotiating with clients and opposition. In addition, they help form contracts and define specific terms before signing them. They also help review agreements and change drafts before consulting with senior attorneys. These associate attorneys work well in a team environment, but they can also work well by themselves with minimal supervision. Other responsibilities include facilitating communication between clients and other parties to find a common ground. These attorneys develop strong networking skills by interacting with a variety of professionals in their field. They report their progress to the partners in their firm. In addition, they follow strict privacy guidelines and respect local, state, and federal laws. They also work on a resolution team to identify solutions for legal problems and present new ideas to dismiss cases. They are organized and pay close attention to detail when reading legal documents.
A law degree is required for this position. Previous years of work experience as a junior associate attorney can be helpful.
Junior Associate Attorney Tasks
Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.
Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses.
Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
Advise clients in business transactions, claim liablility, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits or legal rights and obligations.
Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.