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Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP

Fall 2016  

Position: Attorney Law Aide
Student: Economics Senior 

Scott, Douglass and McConnico are an Austin based law firm that specializes in oil and gas litigation focused mainly in the state of Texas. An attorney aide has a range of responsibilities that help the organizational flow of the firm. The time you work everyday is dependent of your class schedule and the firm is very understanding of students time so they actively work with you to find a schedule that works for each individual student. The minimum shift and hours to work in a week is three hours a day and fifteen hours a week. 

Everyday when I arrive at work the first thing I do is go to the mail room and check in with my supervisor to see what needs to be done first. Generally, this consists of organizing the firm mail and making sure that important documents are being delivered directly to each attorney. After this there are generally documents that need to be copied and organized in the mailroom that range from attorneys preparing for trial to helping put binders together for clients.

One of the most important tasks that aides complete for the firm is taking legal documents to the Rail Road Commission, the General Land Officer, or the Office of the Comptroller, to get file stamped and copied. This is a task that is preformed multiple times a day and is generally under time constraints. In oil and gas law many documents need to be filed through the government to keep track of all proceedings taking place. Finally, one of the tasks is have been trained to do lately is handle reception and all phone calls and emails that are coming into the office around closing time. This entails learning how the office phone and email network work and most importantly helps you learn how to interact with clients and other people calling the office.

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    University of Texas at Austin
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    2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200
    Austin, Texas 78712-1508