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LEGISLATIVE AIDE: Research on policy issues and state bills

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Jermain is a legislative aide in the office of Mayor Ed Lee here in San Francisco.

School: University of California Santa Cruz
Degree: Political Science
Job Title: Legislative Aide
Employer: Office of Mayor Edwin M. Lee

Job Summary: Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

Job Description

Judges, mediators, and hearing officers apply the law to court cases and oversee the legal process in courts. They also resolve administrative disputes and facilitate negotiations between opposing parties.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Most judges, mediators, and hearing officers get their skills through years of experience as practicing lawyers. About 40 states allow those who are not lawyers to hold limited-jurisdiction judgeships, but opportunities are better for those with law experience.

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Average salary
Average salary
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$35,000 - $165,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
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Hospital / Clinic, Remote, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Written communication skills, People skills, Problem solving skills

Educational Path

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Doctorate
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m='11620'>policy</span> <span m='12080'>issues</span> <span m='14250'>and</span> <span m='15640'>state</span> <span m='15970'>bills.</span> <span m='16520'>And</span> <span m='16760'>I</span> <span m='17070'>track</span> <span m='17570'>and</span> <span m='18250'>manage</span> <span m='18620'>legislation</span> <span m='19540'>introduced</span> <span m='19940'>by</span> <span m='20070'>the</span> <span m='20170'>Mayor</span> <span m='20355'>of</span> <span m='20447'>San</span> <span m='20540'>Francisco.</span> <span m='21540'>By</span> <span m='21730'>tracking</span> <span m='22120'>legislation,</span> <span m='23040'>I</span> <span m='23260'>mean</span> <span m='24280'>a</span> <span m='24330'>lot</span> <span m='24520'>of</span> <span m='24590'>things</span> <span m='25030'>in</span> <span m='25160'>the</span> <span m='25240'>city</span> <span m='25770'>have</span> <span m='26110'>deadlines</span> <span m='26580'>that</span> <span m='27500'>have</span> <span m='27580'>to</span> <span m='27670'>pass</span> <span m='28000'>by.</span> <span m='29030'>So</span> <span m='29280'>what</span> <span m='29430'>I</span> <span m='29530'>do</span> <span m='29730'>is</span> <span m='29890'>I</span> <span m='29960'>write</span> <span m='30190'>out</span> <span m='30310'>a</span> <span m='30390'>schedule</span> <span m='31480'>and</span> <span m='31980'>I</span> <span m='32100'>make</span> <span m='32350'>sure</span> <span m='32619'>that</span> <span m='32780'>the</span> <span m='32870'>legislation</span> <span m='33780'>meets</span> <span m='34080'>those</span> <span m='34290'>deadlines</span> <span m='34830'>and</span> <span m='34920'>makes</span> <span m='35130'>it</span> <span m='35280'>to</span> <span m='35380'>the</span> <span m='35490'>Mayor's</span> <span m='35720'>desk</span> <span m='35970'>in</span> <span m='36070'>time.</span> </p><p><span m='36800'>Really,</span> <span m='37090'>the</span> <span m='37200'>bulk</span> <span m='37480'>of</span> <span m='37580'>my</span> <span m='37720'>work</span> <span m='38110'>is</span> <span m='38380'>research</span> <span m='38820'>on</span> <span m='38980'>policy</span> <span m='39640'>and</span> <span m='39900'>it</span> <span m='40330'>changes</span> <span m='40870'>from</span> <span m='41080'>day</span> <span m='41260'>to</span> <span m='41370'>day</span> <span m='43260'>or</span> <span m='43450'>week</span> <span m='43660'>to</span> <span m='43780'>week.</span> <span m='44140'>One</span> <span m='44370'>week,</span> <span m='44610'>I</span> <span m='44650'>might</span> <span m='44840'>be</span> <span m='44950'>working</span> <span m='45280'>on</span> <span m='45390'>immigration.</span> <span m='46030'>The</span> <span m='46120'>next</span> <span m='46360'>week,</span> <span m='46860'>I</span> <span m='47050'>might</span> <span m='47290'>be</span> <span m='47400'>working</span> <span m='47780'>on</span> <span m='48540'>telecommunications</span> <span m='49580'>or</span> <span m='49950'>reading</span> <span m='50280'>old</span> <span m='50510'>Supreme</span> <span m='50840'>Court</span> <span m='51090'>cases.</span> </p><p><span m='52140'>When</span> <span m='52300'>I</span> <span m='52360'>was</span> <span m='52520'>in</span> <span m='52580'>high</span> <span m='52740'>school,</span> <span m='53390'>I</span> <span m='54050'>had</span> <span m='54470'>a</span> <span m='54840'>few</span> <span m='55020'>different</span> <span m='55300'>interests.</span> <span m='56140'>One</span> <span m='56520'>was</span> <span m='56790'>bio.</span> <span m='57410'>I</span> <span m='57510'>was</span> <span m='57620'>in</span> <span m='57755'>a</span> <span m='57890'>biotech</span> <span m='58340'>academy.</span> <span m='60370'>When</span> <span m='60570'>I</span> <span m='60650'>went</span> <span m='60810'>to</span> <span m='60890'>college,</span> <span m='61620'>I</span> <span m='61940'>started</span> <span m='62470'>out</span> <span m='62740'>as</span> <span m='62890'>a</span> <span m='62930'>bio</span> <span m='63260'>major.</span> <span m='64220'>I</span> <span m='64320'>worked</span> <span m='64420'>in</span> <span m='64550'>a</span> <span m='64680'>bio</span> <span m='64940'>lab.</span> <span m='66350'>I</span> <span m='66510'>really</span> <span m='66800'>enjoyed</span> <span m='67880'>the</span> <span m='68010'>work</span> <span m='68360'>but</span> <span m='68490'>I</span> <span m='68550'>didn't</span> <span m='68830'>want</span> <span m='69030'>to</span> <span m='69100'>do</span> <span m='69300'>that</span> <span m='69510'>for</span> <span m='69600'>the</span> <span m='69680'>rest</span> <span m='69910'>of</span> <span m='69950'>my</span> <span m='70050'>life.</span> <span m='70670'>I</span> <span m='70970'>was</span> <span m='71140'>more</span> <span m='71360'>interested</span> <span m='71960'>in</span> <span m='72560'>the</span> <span m='72650'>policy</span> <span m='73530'>and</span> <span m='74470'>ethics</span> <span m='74820'>behind</span> <span m='75680'>bio</span> <span m='76280'>than</span> <span m='76840'>actually</span> <span m='77280'>sitting</span> <span m='77580'>down</span> <span m='77820'>and</span> <span m='77900'>doing</span> <span m='78140'>the</span> <span m='78280'>research.</span> </p><p><span m='79380'>So</span> <span m='79640'>I</span> <span m='79910'>switched</span> <span m='80350'>to</span> <span m='80510'>a</span> <span m='80670'>public</span> <span m='81170'>policy</span> <span m='81890'>major.</span> <span m='84100'>I</span> <span m='84700'>started</span> <span m='85020'>interning</span> <span m='85500'>here</span> <span m='86290'>three</span> <span m='86490'>years</span> <span m='86760'>ago</span> <span m='86990'>and</span> <span m='87070'>I've</span> <span m='87170'>been</span> <span m='87380'>here</span> <span m='87580'>ever</span> <span m='87800'>since.</span> <span m='88410'>They</span> <span m='88520'>hired</span> <span m='88830'>me</span> <span m='89120'>after</span> <span m='89580'>a</span> <span m='89680'>few</span> <span m='89780'>months</span> <span m='90635'>and</span> <span m='90960'>still</span> <span m='91310'>here.</span> </p><p><span m='92220'>What</span> <span m='92440'>I</span> <span m='92530'>wish</span> <span m='92830'>I</span> <span m='92880'>knew</span> <span m='93100'>when</span> <span m='93220'>I</span> <span m='93270'>was</span> <span m='93400'>younger?</span> <span m='94020'>There</span> <span m='94075'>are</span> <span m='94130'>actually</span> <span m='94490'>two</span> <span m='94690'>things.</span> <span m='95600'>The</span> <span m='96020'>first</span> <span m='96630'>is</span> <span m='97030'>to</span> <span m='97600'>really</span> <span m='98080'>learn</span> <span m='99220'>to--</span> <span m='100820'>really</span> <span m='101090'>learn</span> <span m='101350'>time</span> <span m='101570'>management.</span> <span m='103080'>What</span> <span m='103220'>I</span> <span m='103280'>mean</span> <span m='103500'>by</span> <span m='103680'>that</span> <span m='104010'>is</span> <span m='104170'>if</span> <span m='104290'>you</span> <span m='104400'>have</span> <span m='104520'>a</span> <span m='104570'>paper</span> <span m='104920'>due</span> <span m='105320'>on</span> <span m='105780'>Friday,</span> <span m='106670'>really</span> <span m='107070'>start</span> <span m='107460'>on</span> <span m='107620'>it</span> <span m='107720'>early</span> <span m='108280'>because</span> <span m='108450'>it</span> <span m='108550'>makes</span> <span m='108780'>it</span> <span m='108900'>so</span> <span m='109020'>much</span> <span m='109220'>easier.</span> <span m='109750'>I</span> <span m='109860'>didn't</span> <span m='110040'>learn</span> <span m='110240'>that</span> <span m='110490'>until</span> <span m='110610'>my</span> <span m='110750'>senior</span> <span m='111100'>year</span> <span m='111290'>in</span> <span m='111400'>college.</span> <span m='112370'>When</span> <span m='112510'>I</span> <span m='112550'>started</span> <span m='112890'>spreading</span> <span m='113210'>my</span> <span m='113330'>work</span> <span m='113600'>out,</span> <span m='114230'>it</span> <span m='114350'>got</span> <span m='114660'>so</span> <span m='114980'>much</span> <span m='115210'>easier.</span> </p><p><span m='116240'>And</span> <span m='116800'>my</span> <span m='116960'>second</span> <span m='118120'>piece</span> <span m='118370'>of</span> <span m='118430'>advice</span> <span m='118820'>to</span> <span m='118950'>my</span> <span m='119600'>past</span> <span m='119970'>self</span> <span m='120480'>would've</span> <span m='120960'>been</span> <span m='121280'>to</span> <span m='121540'>study</span> <span m='121930'>economics</span> <span m='122610'>because</span> <span m='123100'>it's</span> <span m='123330'>the</span> <span m='123420'>key</span> <span m='123590'>to</span> <span m='123680'>everything.</span> <span m='124250'>No</span> <span m='124340'>matter</span> <span m='124560'>what</span> <span m='124720'>degree</span> <span m='124990'>you</span> <span m='125630'>follow,</span> <span m='126640'>just</span> <span m='126880'>a</span> <span m='127700'>small</span> <span m='128780'>background</span> <span m='129190'>in</span> <span m='129289'>economics</span> <span m='129840'>goes</span> <span m='130020'>a</span> <span m='130060'>long</span> <span m='130280'>way.</span> </p>","file":{"id":413646,"video_id":"3593792918001","name":"2658-Jermaine-LegislativeAide1","duration":131960,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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