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Paralegal (Brief Services Unit)


Neighborhood Legal Services Program of the District of Columbia (NLSP) has an immediate opening for a full-time paralegal in our Brief Services Unit.


Since 1964, NLSP has provided high-quality legal services to low-income residents of the District of Columbia. NLSP has a long tradition of fighting for justice for the poor, combining direct representation with efforts to achieve broad-based change. Its three offices are located in the poorest sections of the District to maximize its visibility, accessibility, and connections to the communities it serves. NLSP is an excellent place to work, fostering a climate of shared mission, teamwork and support of individual employee goals. We think of ourselves as a team, and we support each other in addition to supporting our clients. Our work is creative and fast-paced. All NLSP staff members are currently working remotely. Once the offices are reconstituted all staff members will receive office assignments.


The Brief Services Unit (BSU) provides first legal contact and early analysis of a client’s issue for most cases accepted by NLSP. After analysis, it is decided whether the issue can be handled with advice, brief legal services, or full representation. BSU attorneys provide advice or brief legal services, including but not limited to, preparation for a client to represent themselves, demand letters sent on behalf of a client or assisting in filling out forms.



NLSP’s BSU Paralegal will:

• Assist BSU attorneys in client casework, including interviewing and communicating with clients, gathering and summarizing documents, helping to prepare the client for pro se representation
• Assist clients with administrative applications and paperwork
• Contribute to NLSP’s sense of community by participating in committees and participating in periodic office social events.
• Provide general administrative support, including but not limited to assisting attorneys with making sure cases meet all grant compliance requirements, all internal client forms are completed, and cases are closed in a timely manner
• Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Salary commensurate with experience, starting at $50,500
  • employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance;
  • employer-subsidized family health coverage;
  • paid vacation, holidays, personal days and sick leave;
  • 8-week parental leave for birth or adoption of a child;
  • employer-paid life and long-term disability insurance; and
  • 403(b) Thrift Plan (voluntary retirement savings program).


  • A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited university, or an associate degree with two years relevant experience.
  • A demonstrated interest in social and racial justice.
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral);
  • Strong interpersonal skills focused on client services.
NLSP staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive all CDC recommended boosters as a condition of employment unless allowed an accommodation consistent with the law.
To Apply: 

The position is available immediately and remains open until filled. Apply here.


Neighborhood Legal Services Program is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our staff. It is the policy of NLSP that no employee or applicant for employment or services will be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, family responsibilities or family status, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by law, including the D.C. Human Rights Act and Language Access Act. NLSP thrives on our diversity, and we strongly encourage persons of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, returning citizens, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.



Submission Deadline: 
June 15, 2023
Organization Information: 
Neighborhood Legal Services of the District of Columbia
64 New York Avenue, NE Suite 180
Washington , DC 20002
United States
Phone: 202-832-6577