Vacancy Paralegal, Mobile Legal Help Center

Ad type: jobs
Company: New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)
City: New York, NY
Workplace street: New York, NY
Category: Legal
Work schedule: Full Time
Posted: 18 Aug 2019
Requirements for the applicant
Education: 4-Year Degree Required
Work experience: Entry level
Job description


Founded in 1990, the New York Legal Assistance Group provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. The organization serves immigrants, seniors, the homebound, families facing foreclosure, renters facing eviction, low-income consumers, those in need of government assistance, children in need of special education, domestic violence victims, persons with disabilities, patients with chronic illness or disease, low-wage workers, low-income members of the LGBTQ community, Holocaust survivors, and others in need. The organization’s annual operating budget is over $30 million. Serving more than 87,000 New Yorkers annually, New York Legal Assistance Group maintains a paid staff of approximately 290, supported by 2,200 pro bono attorneys and other volunteers and interns. For more information, applicants are encouraged to visit



The New York Legal Assistance Group uses the power of the law to help New Yorkers in need combat social and economic injustice. We address emerging and urgent legal needs with comprehensive, free civil legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community education.

Values that guide us

·        We reduce the effects of poverty by providing high quality, effective civil legal services. 

·        We partner with our clients to help them transform their lives and strengthen their communities.

·        We address our clients’ multiple legal needs by collaborating across our practice areas.

·        We are at the forefront of identifying and understanding New Yorkers’ most pressing legal needs, rapidly adapting to meet these needs with innovative programs and partnerships.

·        We assess need broadly, recognizing that need is not a function of income alone.

·        We collaborate with community organizations and engage pro bono attorneys and volunteers to serve a greater number of people with unmet civil legal needs.

·        We achieve systemic change through class actions, impact litigation and by advocating for just laws and policies.

·        We work to create a welcoming and inclusive work environment that reflects the communities we serve.

·        We teach and train the next generation of legal service professionals.


Job Description:

NYLAG has an immediate opening for a paralegal, with one to three years of experience, in the Mobile Legal Help Center (MLHC). The MLHC is an innovative joint project of NYLAG and the New York State Courts Access to Justice Program that travels directly to underserved communities to bring free, civil legal services to individuals in New York City and Long Island. The Mobile Legal Help Center is the country’s first-ever legal services office on wheels. Attorneys provide counseling, advice, and direct representation without leaving the vehicle. The MLHC contains two private meeting areas for attorneys and clients and is equipped with high-speed Internet and state-of-the-art technology. It travels throughout the five boroughs and parts of Long Island, focusing on areas with limited public transportation options. Through the MLHC, low-income New Yorkers in need of legal help can overcome obstacles such as geographic isolation, health and mobility issues, and childcare concerns.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The paralegal staffs the MLHC at community sites in the five boroughs of New York City and Long Island approximately 2-3 times a week. While staffing the MLHC, the paralegal will be responsible for conducting client intakes, providing support for the attorneys, and organizing and maintaining visitor intake information and documents. The paralegal will be expected to staff scheduled intake sites that may include evening and weekend sites. The paralegal will also carry a small caseload based on the needs of the communities we serve. 

The paralegal will be responsible for processing the daily site intakes and referring internally, following up with clients, scheduling and keeping records of volunteers hours, and manage supplies and materials on the vehicle. The paralegal will also work closely with the Project Director to maintain records, prepare reports, train volunteers, and other project related duties as assigned. 

Applicants must have excellent interpersonal skills as the job not only includes conducting intakes with clients on the MLHC and handling their cases, but also interacting with elected officials' offices, community based organizations, and pro bono partners.     


·        One year of legal services or direct service experience is preferred.

·        Demonstrated interest in social justice.

·        Ability to work in and value a collaborative team model.

·        Fluency in Spanish is required.

·        Experience working with diverse populations.

·        Excellent written, oral and analytical skills.

NYLAG’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

NYLAG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, veterans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply.


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