Criminal Defense Practice Paralegal II

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



Headquarters: 199 Water Street
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

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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Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement