Job Summary

Skadden, Arps, a major international law firm in Times Square, is seeking skilled, energetic candidates with bachelor's degrees for an hourly overnight job as a legal assistant, three or four nights a week. This job is probably *not* for those who are seeking advancement in the legal field or a career in the law. You need to be sincerely interested in and available for working during the night (11:30 PM – 6:30 AM). The standard schedule is three or four shifts (primarily overnight, 11:30 PM–6:30 AM, though one shift could be 7:00 PM–2:00 AM) – pay is considerably higher on the four-overnight schedule. We may also have some non-overnight shifts available during the day on weekends. The benefits of the job are (i) a terrific work environment and (ii) a great deal of flexibility and stability once you've learned the skills. We teach you everything but you must already be fast on a computer, highly flexible and quick to learn, and you should have at least six months' experience working in an office environment. A major part of the job is word processing and using other technical applications, along with a lot of proofreading. We value people who read and follow instructions, so please observe these especially: do not email and do not submit your resume electronically. We only accept well formatted, typo-free, hard-copy resumes sent with cover letters in an envelope through the U.S. Mail, addressed to Operations Group Manager, Skadden, Arps, Office 36-428, 4 Times Square, New York, NY 10036.

  • Assists in all aspects of document preparation, processing and completion, frequently working directly with attorneys and clients.
  • Cite-checks and shepardizes legal memoranda and articles to ensure accuracy and validity.
  • Utilizes word processing software to create, edit, revise, format and print a wide range of document types.
  • Converts documents from one application to another.
  • Proofreads and redlines documents to department standards; reads documents for typos and sense, checks cross references and verifies defined terms.
  • Prints cases, digests depositions, compiles document binders, creates indexes, creates tables of contents and tables of authorities.
  • Provides support at client meetings, including answering phones and ordering food.
  • Delegates work to support services as necessary and verifies the accuracy of delegated work.
  • Performs assignments that are varied and complex in nature with minimal supervision, often while under time critical deadlines.
  • Writes clear instructions when delegating or receiving assignments to or from attorneys, legal assistants or support services.
  • Writes an Assignment Status Report to the originator at the end of every assignment.
  • Maintains regular contact with Desk and refers unusual situations to Desk or supervisor.
  • Assists, advises and trains other staff members as needed.
  • Assures that all completed projects adhere to accepted professional standards.
  • Performs standard responsibilities of support services when needed, including printing, scanning, reprographics, quality control, faxing and hand-delivering packages.
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills to facilitate effective work relationships with others.
  • Manages Firm resources responsibly.
  • Complies with and understands Firm operation, policies and procedures.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of proofreading symbols, legal terminology and proper citation forms
  • Knowledge of relevant Firm computer software programs (e.g., Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), with the ability to learn new software and operating systems
  • Knowledge of reprographic and printing equipment
  • Flexibility and willingness to perform a wide range of tasks
  • Ability to read, interpret, convey, and follow instructions
  • Ability to complete jobs in a timely manner and meet deadlines
  • Ability to perform job during specified shift
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and shifting priorities
  • Ability to work well in a demanding and fast-paced environment
  • Ability to remain calm and function under pressure
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work well independently as well as effectively within a team
  • Ability to handle sensitive matters and maintain confidentiality
  • Excellent attention to detail; is neat and accurate
  • Ability to move boxes, transport books and deliver packages
  • Ability to sit at work station for extended periods of time
  • Flexibility to adjust hours and work the hours necessary to meet operating and business needs


  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Minimum of six months experience in an office environment

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