Job Family Concept

The Legal job family is responsible for ensuring the University is operating within the law at all time, being aware of all transactions the University is engaged in. This job family provides legal counsel and support for the University of Tennessee statewide. Typical legal fields include litigation, intellectual property, ethics and conflicts of interest, and other specialties.


Role Descriptions

Role descriptions below outline the distinguishing functions of each role within this job family.

Legal Paralegal:
Responsible for performing substantive legal work, such as research and legal data collection in support of litigation, record requests, and researching and collecting legal data. A paralegal performs legal assistance that requires specialized education and training, but does not hold a license to practice law or give legal advice.
Legal Licensing Associate:
Responsible for coordinating and providing specialized support in the management of the patent and licensing process.
Legal Counsel:
Responsible for providing legal counsel to the Board of Trustees, President, and the university community. Represents the university in administrative hearings and litigation. Legal counsel is required to be licensed to practice law and provide professional legal advice.
Legal Secretary to the Board:
Responsible for providing administrative and legal support for the work of the Board of Trustees to promote effective governance of the University of Tennessee. This position is an officer of the university and an ex officio officer of the Board that reports directly to the Chair of the Board.
Legal Management:
Responsible for providing leadership, direction, training, and management for legal functions. Manages budgets, provides expertise and analysis for long-range strategic planning, provides an interpretation of rules and regulations, and is responsible for representing the university and the Board of Trustees in legal matters. Management level roles have the management and development of people as a major accountability and have direct reports. This role accomplishes goals through overseeing their areas of responsibility, planning, managing resources, prioritizing, and directing the responsibilities of employees.


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