Civil Practice Paralegal I - Water Street

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Full Time



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Headquarters: 199 Water Street
New York
United States


The Legal Aid Society's Civil Practice is seeking a Paralegal I to support the Water Street office. The Paralegal I position provides client services and ensures that clients seeking assistance receive access to available client services, or if applicable, referral to the appropriate outside agencies. In addition, the Paralegal I position handles a wide range of tasks that support the office. The Paralegal I position may also have occasional duties at other Legal Aid Society offices or intake sites.


* Answer client telephone inquiries and handle basic correspondence

* Staff office point-of-entry telephone and telephone helpline for clients

* Schedule appointments and interview clients and family members

* Interact with clients and assist clients in completing forms and releases

* Refer clients, when applicable, to outside agencies and services

* Handle intakes from members of the public who contact the office requesting legal assistance

* Perform administrative tasks during intakes

* Enter and search data on various databases

* Generate daily, weekly, and monthly reports from various databases as needed

* Maintain and update case management database

* Draft, file, and serve subpoenas and other legal documents

* Obtain and copy court and office files

* Perform basic legal research and check citations

* Backup and support other administrative staff

* Assist in oral and written translation as needed

* Create case files

* Copy, collate, and batch documents

* Assist with court fillings

* Conduct off-site work as needed


* Other duties as assigned


Manhattan - Legal Aid Society Headquarters


* GED, high school diploma, four years of responsible work experience, or some combination of these is required

* One year of experience in a legal or other relevant work (paid or unpaid) environment is preferred

* Proficiency in Spanish is required

* Strong writing, verbal, and organization skills

* Proficiency in word processing and strong computer skills

* Ability to learn and efficiently use new systems

* Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

* Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively on a team

* Some relevant college level work and/or paralegal training preferred

* Ability to work flexible hours, including nights and/or weekends

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


The leadership of The Legal Aid Society is committed to a work culture of zealous advocacy, respect, diversity and inclusion, client-oriented defense, access to justice and excellent representation. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.


You must apply online at the LAS Recruitment Portal. The Legal Aid Society is reducing its carbon footprint and therefore paper applications are not accepted. 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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Minimum Education Required

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