Legal Assistant – Criminal Defense Practice

Job Type

Full Time




177 Livingston Street
United States


Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) is one of the largest public defense providers in the United States. We represent more than 45,000 clients per year in a variety of legal proceedings in New York City. BDS represent clients in criminal, civil, family and immigration proceedings. We represent clients with diverse and multi-faceted needs in a high volume and fast-paced setting.


Job Description

Brooklyn Defender Services is seeking a full time Legal Assistant to provide assistance for a variety of litigation functions within the Criminal Defense Practice of BDS. We are looking for someone with a positive attitude and strong organizations skills.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:


Ÿ  Serve and/or file legal documents

Ÿ  Assist with the preparation of pleadings and other court papers

Ÿ  Communicate with court personnel to obtain signed subpoenas and court documents, including transcripts

Ÿ  Access case databases

Ÿ  Serve subpoenas


Secondary Duties/Responsibilities:

Ÿ  Perform various office functions as needed: organize, scan, copy and/or fax legal documents.

Ÿ  Obtain copies of court files/certificate of dispositions


Training and Qualifications


Ÿ  Excellent organizational, communication and record-keeping skills

Ÿ  Ability to work independently and in a team setting

Ÿ  Ability to effectively prioritize and meet deadlines

Ÿ  Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel

Ÿ  Proficiency in languages other than English is desirable, but not required

Ÿ  Associates Degree or prior experience as a legal assistant in a criminal setting



 Ÿ  Applicant must become a Licensed NYS Process Server and NYC Commissioner of Deeds/NYS   

   Notary Public



Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.




Salary will be commensurate with experience and within the parameters of BDS’s compensation scale.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To Apply:


Please email a cover letter, resume and list of three references to Iris Natal, Supervisor for the Paralegal Unit, at Include “BDS Litigation Support Assistant” in the subject line.