Paralegal (2 Positions Available)

Job Type

Full Time


Details: DOE




610 S. Ardmore Avenue
Los Angeles
United States



Public Counsel is the largest pro bono public interest law firm in the country. Founded in 1970, it is dedicated to advancing equal justice under law and addressing economic, racial, and other inequities by delivering free legal and social services to the most vulnerable members of our community. Public Counsel operates eight legal projects: Children’s Rights, Community Development, Consumer Rights, Homelessness Prevention, Immigrants’ Rights, Veterans’ Rights, the Audrey Irmas Project for Women & Girls’ Rights, and our impact litigation project, Opportunity Under Law. Public Counsel has a full-time staff of over 120. We seek to have a racially inclusive staff.

Public Counsel’s Homelessness Prevention Law Project (HPLP) serves individuals who are homeless or at high risk of becoming homeless. HPLP provides pro bono representation to homeless individuals and families to secure food, shelter, clothing and other vital benefits. In addition, HPLP assists unrepresented low-income litigants in unlawful detainer actions, and helps address tickets and warrants that present barriers to an individual’s housing and stability.


The Paralegal will be a part of a team participating in a new program that will focus on delivering comprehensive, trauma-informed, wrap-around legal services designed to remove barriers to housing. This program, launching in spring 2018, will serve youth, families and single adults in the communities within Los Angeles County’s Service Planning Area (SPA) 6, encompassing South Los Angeles, Compton, Florence, Rosewood, Willowbrook, Crenshaw, West Adams, Lynwood, Paramount and Windsor Hills, in partnership with regional Coordinated Entry System (CES) health and social service partners. This innovative program is designed to remove barriers to housing that require legal intervention, including but not limited to: eviction prevention, landlord dispute resolution, government benefits, worker compensation/unemployment benefits, clearing financial debt, professional licenses and identification, and expungement of criminal records.

This is a full-time position that will involve off-site clinic work in South Los Angeles communities and other parts of Los Angeles County. The position has the following responsibilities:

  • Carry a high volume caseload that may include a mix of government benefits OR landlord-tenant counseling and eviction defense with attorney supervision;
  • Provide support to Staff Attorneys and Supervising Attorney;
  • Act as a resource for other Public Counsel staff and community partners;
  • Participate in community outreach, including preparing and presenting trainings and special projects;
  • Coordinate grant reporting, billing, and outcome tracking for case work as directed by the Supervising Attorney;
  • Perform various clerical duties such as record-keeping, document copying, etc.; and,
  • Other duties as assigned.


Candidates must possess the following:

  • Paralegal certificate/degree in paralegal studies from an ABA-approved institution;
  • Comfort with practicing trauma-informed legal advocacy: empathy, responsive listening, restraint from judgment, and demonstration of authentic care and concern;
  • Ability to work with and have sensitivity to individuals experiencing homelessness, including single adults, youth, and families;
  • Commitments to race equity and community-centered work, and willingness to incorporate race equity principles and community-centered approaches in practice;
  • At least 3 years of experience in litigation support, ideally in one or more areas of poverty law outlined above in “Job Summary,” particularly housing and/or government benefits;
  • Experience with data collection and creating reports;
  • Work well as part of a team, but also be able to work independently;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Detail-oriented and superior organizational skills; and
  • Ability to commute throughout Los Angeles County.

In addition, as required by funding and our service partners, candidates must:

  • Obtain certification that candidate is free of active tuberculosis prior to contact with clients;
  • Participate in other health and security clearances.

Ability to read, write and speak fluently in Spanish is strongly preferred.


Excellent benefits.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Email a cover letter and résumé in PDF format to:

Nisha Vyas

Directing Attorney – HPLP

Please include “Housing Attorney” in subject line. No phone calls please. 

Public Counsel is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ethnic group identification, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, political affiliation, condition of physical or mental disability, gender identity or sexual orientation, in accordance with requirements of Federal and State laws.

All qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.