Paralegal – Criminal Defense Practice

Job Type

Full Time




177 Livingston Street
United States


Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) is one of the largest public defense providers in the United States. We represent more than 45,000 clients per year in a variety of legal proceedings in New York City. BDS represent clients in criminal, civil, family and immigration proceedings. We represent clients with diverse and multi-faceted needs in a high volume and fast-paced setting.

Job Description


Brooklyn Defender Services is seeking a full time Paralegal to provide assistance for a variety of paralegal functions within the Criminal Defense Practice. We are looking for someone with a positive attitude and strong organization skills.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

Knowledge of the court system and some understanding of criminal law

Prepare legal documents, including orders to produce and subpoenas

Extensive communication with city and state departments of corrections officials, court personnel and attorneys


Secondary Duties/Responsibilities:


Assist with the preparation and court filings of legal documents/pleadings

Communicate with court personnel to obtain signed subpoenas and court documents, including transcripts

Access case databases

Serve subpoenas

Perform various office functions as needed: organize, scan, copy and or fax legal documents.

Serve and/or file legal documents/pleadings

Obtain copies of court files/certificate of dispositions


Training and Qualifications

Excellent organizational, communication and record-keeping skills

Ability to work independently and in a team setting

Ability to effectively prioritize and meet deadlines

Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel

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

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, Paralegal certificate from an ABA accredited paralegal program, or prior experience as a paralegal in a criminal law setting



Applicant must become a Licensed NYS Process Server and NYC Commissioner of Deeds/NYS Notary Public

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter, resume and list of three references to Iris Natal, Supervisor for the Paralegal Unit, at Include “BDS Paralegal” in the subject line.





Applications will be accepted until the position is filled




Salary will be commensurate with experience and within the parameters of BDS’s compensation scale


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply