Litigation Paralegal (Temporary)

Job Type

Full Time




3450 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles
United States


The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. Our mission is grounded in the belief that every American — and aspiring American — should have the opportunity to fulfill their full potential regardless of their color, where they were born, or how much money they have. Using our deep expertise in litigation, policy, and communications, we address issues that affect the lives of low-income immigrants and work with communities across the nation in courtrooms and legislatures to help advance policies that create a more inclusive, just, and equitable society for everyone.

Join our dedicated, collaborative, and fun team as we fight to defend and advance the ideals that our nation is founded on!


NILC is seeking a temporary Litigation Paralegal to join its Legal Department. The paralegal works in collaboration with attorneys and senior-level paralegals and work team. The Paralegal will work in all phases of the litigation process, from discovery through trial and post-trial findings and appeals.

The person in this role will be an integral member of our Legal Department generally, and the paralegal team specifically, and will work on all phases of the litigation process, in addition to other related tasks as assigned.


  • Assigned to various working groups to address high-impact legal cases and related campaigns.
  • Lead paralegal in approximately 50 percent of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests — draft and execute requests, chart and manage calendars, serve as corresponding agent).
  • Assist with factual and legal development for cases and related campaigns.
  • Coordinate document production.
  • Manage case file index system for litigation, discovery, administrative, and research files as well as client and counsel contacts.
  • Preparation and filing of all court documents in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court (i.e., briefs, motions, exhibits, appendices, transcripts); coordinate distribution of information to relevant parties and others as instructed.
  • Compose draft notices, motions, and routine correspondence, and act as liaison with court personnel.
  • Interview clients, potential clients, and declarants.
  • Research, investigate, and document facts in cases, including doing intakes and declarations.
  • Collaborate with Legal Department staff–specific trainings and/or webinars and coordinate community or client meetings.
  • Work closely with the Administrative Legal Assistant (i.e., maintain case files, organize meetings, and perform other administrative legal tasks).
  • Respond to requests for technical assistance
  • Facilitate work group meetings.
  • Maintain solid working relationships with colleagues, counsel, clients, etc.


Minimum requirements:

  • 3 years of solid litigation and/or trial preparation.
  • Strong preference for directly relevant impact litigation work experience in social justice, immigrants’ rights, or progressive social change and directly relevant impact litigation work experience in social justice, immigrants’ rights, or progressive social change.
  • BA or BS and ABA-approved certification is required.

Preferred requirements:

  • 5 years of directly relevant impact litigation work experience in social justice, immigrants’ rights, or progressive social change.
  • BA or BS and ABA-approved certification is required.



  • Strong commitment to economic, racial, and social justice, with a passion for social justice for immigrants and their families.
  • Ability to recognize sensitive material and maintain high degree of confidentiality.
  • Organizational and time-management skills required; ability to meet strict deadlines.
  • Ability to multi-task and work independently toward working group and department goals.
  • Knowledge of legal terminology/principles.
  • Excellent case-management and organizational skills, including knowledge of/experience with document-management systems.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in U.S. district court, intermediate appellate courts, and U.S. Supreme Court Electronic Case Filing (ECF) and Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER).
  • Proficient legal research skills (i.e., WestlawNext, WestlawNext Drafting Assistant, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), jurisdictional local court rules, and appellate procedures, and ability to navigate state court procedures as needed.
  • Proficient in generating tables of contents, tables of authorities, secondary authorities; and Blue Book cite checking.
  • Proficient in all Microsoft Office applications (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook); Adobe Acrobat XI Pro; GoToMeetings/Webinar; Google applications (i.e., Google Drive, Google Hangouts, shared Google Docs).
  • Proficient in billing and expense systems (i.e., MerusCase or equivalent).



Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, with priority given to applications received by July 13, 2018. This is a 6-month, temporary position through January 1, 2019.

Please send a detailed cover letter explaining your connection to NILC’s mission and why you are the ideal candidate for this position, resume, legal writing sample, and a list of three professional references to jobs@nilc.orgPDF format only. Please include “Paralegal – Temp” in the subject line of your email message.

Do not send duplicate materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

NILC is an equal opportunity employer; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. NILC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, citizenship status, ethnic background, religion, political orientation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or any other protected class. We consider all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative.