Criminal Defense Practice Paralegal II

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Full Time



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New York
New York
United States


The Criminal Defense Practice has an opening for a full time Paralegal II to provide client services in the Queens County office.


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

* Draft legal memoranda, pre-trial motions, subpoenas, and orders to produce

* Interview and assess client requests for services

* Second seat trials

* Assist with case preparation for trial and disposition

* Prepare written reports summarizing compiled information

* Obtain and copy court files 

* Serve subpoenas and other legal documents

* Assemble court files and materials for trials, appeals, stays, and writs

* Obtain and review client records and determine course of action

* Handle client and agency correspondence in connection with cases

* Serve as a liaison between attorneys and clients

* Assist clients in completing forms, releases, and other documents

* Refer clients to outside agencies

* Handle basic correspondence with clients


* Other duties as assigned

* Perform functions of Paralegal I title, unrelated to the Paralegal II title, as necessary and on a temporary basis


Queens - Criminal Defense Practice Office


* Paralegal certificate from an ABA accredited school, Bachelor's degree in a 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, and organizational skills

* Proficiency in legal research

* Proficiency in computer and word processing skills

* Ability to work independently and in a team setting

* 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

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Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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