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Legal Assistant

Join our Core Business Services (CBS) team and you will help support the important business enablement functions that keep our organization running strong. As a CBS professional, you will work across teams to provide the knowledge, resources and tools that help EY deliver exceptional quality service to our clients, win in the marketplace and support EY’s growth and profitability. Major teams within CBS include Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, Enterprise Support Services, Brand Marketing and Communications, Business Development, Knowledge and Risk Management. Join our Legal team and you will help provide legal advice to mitigate our business risk as we achieve our commercial goals in a complex environment. With so many offerings, you have the opportunity to develop your career through a broad scope of engagements, mentoring and formal learning. That’s how we develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders, and in so doing, play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities. Sound interesting? Well this is just the beginning. Because whenever you join, however long you stay, the exceptional EY experience lasts a lifetime.
Job Summary:
Legal Assistant—Contracts/Transactions is responsible for assisting the firm's attorneys within the General Counsel’s Office (GCO) in various administrative and para-professional tasks related to the negotiation of contracts and provision of legal guidance to the firm’s leaders and business teams. Although no prior legal experience is necessary, this position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills, organization, critical thinking ability, and an active, inquisitive mind. Duties include reviewing, analyzing, drafting and editing documents, performing research and communicating the firm’s legal position internally within the firm, as well as to firm clients and third-party suppliers. Responsibilities
  • Assist attorneys in reviewing, editing, and negotiating non-disclosure agreements, non-reliance letters, and other agreements
  • Apply standard provisions from firm contract templates to commercial agreements
  • Assist attorneys in various matters relating to transactions being evaluated and/or undertaken by the firm
  • Understand and communicate firm policies and positions on various issues relating to the negotiation of commercial agreements
  • Identify differences between non-standard agreement documents and relevant standard firm templates
  • Research various legal and non-legal issues
  • Perform ad-hoc administrative tasks to facilitate contract negotiation and the provision of legal guidance.
  • Communicate with firm personnel
  • Communicate with external clients, vendors and other third parties
  • Serve as initial GCO point of contact for certain categories of requests from business teams
  • Track agreement progress and status
QualificationsTo qualify, candidates must have:
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; should be able to discuss complex topics in an articulate and thoughtful manner
  • Outgoing personality with excellent interpersonal skills; ability to have frequent, effective interactions with wide array of firm personnel
  • Willingness to take initiative; be highly motivated and ambitious
  • Strong critical thinking skills and analytical ability; possess an inquisitive nature
  • Proficiency with common computer applications (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • 0-4 years of work experience (internships included)
  • Bachelor's degree and record of exceptional academic performance
Ernst & Young LLP, an equal employment opportunity employer (Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Disabled), values the diversity of our workforce and the knowledge of our people.