Criminal Defense Practice Paralegal II (Manhattan)

Job Type

Full Time



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New York
New York
United States


The Criminal Defense Practice has an immediate opening for a full-time Paralegal II to work in the Manhattan trial office and as an alternate at the Manhattan Detention Center to provide client services and outreach.


* Research, digest, and outline case records (e.g. medical, criminal history, schools, etc.)

* Interview and assess client requests for services and refer clients to outside agencies

* Prepare written reports summarizing information compiled

* Obtain and review client records and determine course of action

* Handle client and agency correspondence in connection with cases

* Assist clients in preparing legal documents, forms, and releases

* Liaise between attorneys and their clients

* Calculate jail time credits by analyzing correctional, court, and Legal Aid records; take steps to correct errors; and secure missing time due to clients


* Other duties as assigned

* Perform functions of Manhattan Detention Center Paralegal II as needed


Manhattan - Criminal Defense Practice Office


* Paralegal certificate from ABA accredited paralegal program, Bachelor's degree in relevant field, or satisfactory completion of a comprehensive in-house training course appropriate to practice area

* Experience in and/or commitment to advocacy on behalf of low-income people is strongly desired

* Excellent writing, verbal, organizational, and computer skills

* Proficiency in legal research

* Ability to work in a team setting as well as independently

* Ability to multi-task

* Some knowledge of New York criminal law and criminal procedures

* Proficiency in languages other than English is desirable, but not required

Only PDF documents will be accepted. If your document is not a PDF, your application will not be processed. Applications submitted without all the required materials will not be processed.

The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ communities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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