The Legal Aid Society's Civil Practice has one Paralegal I position available in the Brooklyn Neighborhood office. The Paralegal I 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 handles a wide range of tasks that support the office. The Paralegal I 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
Brooklyn - Civil Practice Neighborhood Office
* 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
* Some relevant college level work and/or paralegal training 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
* 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
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.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis so applicants are encouraged to apply early.
The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- Women, People of Color, LGBTQ+ communities, Veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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