Civil Practice Paralegal I-HCLO

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



230 East 106th Street
New York
New York
United States


The Legal Aid Society has two Paralegal I positions available to support the Civil Practice in the Harlem Community Law Offices. 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


* 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

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

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, Gays and Lesbians, Transgender People, Veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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