Paralegal (Self-Help Legal Center Workgroup)
Are you interested in joining an organization dedicated to increasing access to justice while addressing systemic inequities among the most vulnerable members of the Greater Los Angeles area? If yes, LAFLA and our flexible hybrid work environment is the place for you!
The Organization: LAFLA is a nonprofit law firm that protects and advances the rights of the most underserved—leveling the playing field and ensuring that everyone can have access to the justice system. With more than 90 years of service, LAFLA is the first and most experienced legal aid organization in Greater Los Angeles. LAFLA has more than 170 employees, including more than 80 attorneys, who provide free services and resources on a broad range of civil legal issues that impact healthy, safety, and self-sufficiency. Every year, LAFLA helps more than 100,000 people find their voice, regain control of their lives, and build a brighter future. Our unique combination of neighborhood offices, self-help centers at courthouses, and domestic violence clinics puts LAFLA on the frontlines in communities at the forefront of change. LAFLA also engages in impact litigation to help enact long-term systemic change—actively collaborating with a network of public and private partners to expand access to justice, identify needs in the communities we serve, and change laws and policies that adversely affect the underserved. For more information, please visit www.lafla.org
The Self-Help Legal Access Centers provide an important safety net for thousands of self-represented litigants to ensure they can access the civil justice system. Self-Help Center staff assist individuals who represent themselves (regardless of income or immigration status); and offers legal information, help with preparing court forms, and guidance on a variety of civil legal matters. They also provide referrals to private attorneys or legal services programs as needed.
LAFLA is currently accepting applications for the position of Paralegal.
NOTE –All positions are subject to funding; ongoing funding or employment cannot be assured.
- Paralegal certificate or BA degree required.
- Minimum one (1) year experience providing legal assistance to people who have low-income, including familiarity with legal forms and court procedures.
- Knowledge of landlord-tenant law, family law, and/or consumer law preferred.
- Ability to work effectively with government agencies, staff, volunteers, students, attorneys, and community members.
- Excellent writing and public speaking skills.
- Bilingual in Spanish preferred.
- Meet with self-represented litigants at the Long Beach Courthouse to perform intake, provide legal information and referrals, and prepare civil court forms.
- Conduct workshops for self-represented litigants with landlord-tenant, family law, and consumer matters.
- Develop and maintain plain language self-help materials.
- Collaborate closely with court staff and legal service partner agencies to carry out coordinated assistance.
- In conjunction with LAFLA Self-Help Center attorneys, train and support volunteer paralegals, law students, JusticeCorps members, and community volunteers.
- Occasionally assist at other Self-Help Legal Access Centers in Inglewood, Torrance, and Santa Monica, as well as with the remote Self-Help Center hotline.
INTRODUCTORY PERIOD – A one-year introductory period will be required.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER– Selection will be based solely on merit and will be without discrimination because of race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, citizenship, creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, age, religion, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, marital or registered domestic partners status, or any other legally protected status.
The company is committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to qualified candidates and employees pursuant to applicable law. We value and encourage diversity and solicit applications from all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. If you require reasonable accommodation as part of the application process or expect to require an accommodation if hired, please contact email@example.com.
VACCINATION POLICY AND COVID-19 PROTOCOLS – LAFLA requires all staff, including new hires, to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (i.e., at least 2 weeks after last dose) and have received at least one COVID-19 booster shot. If hired, all employees must present proof of vaccination by their start date.
BENEFITS & COMPENSATION - LAFLA offers a diverse environment with competitive compensation based on comparable public interest salaries. We also offer a generous benefits package for full-time employees including medical, dental, and vision for employees and dependents, life insurance, long-term disability and long-term care insurance, and 403(b) retirement plan. Employees may also qualify for bilingual supplements, law student loan reimbursements, and a cell phone stipend.