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Bilingual Paralegal - Domestic Violence/Pro Bono


Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services
101 N. Wacker Dr. 17th Fl.
Chicago, IL 60606
United States

Job Description

We are now hiring for a full-time Bilingual Paralegal to join the Legal Aid Society's Domestic Violence Team and Pro Bono Program!


- Works on assigned cases within one or more specialty areas, including domestic violence and family law.
- Assists with data collection, outreach, training, scheduling and other administrative duties related to LAS’s pro bono and intern programs.
- Interviews prospective clients to gather information needed to (a) process applications and commence legal work; (b) identify urgent and unusual situations; (c) facilitate provision of legal advice; (d) and organize and implement next steps to advance case or connect client to additional services.
- Helps to identify legal issues from facts presented by clients, and recognizes additional social or economic issues for referral to other sources of assistance.
- Assists attorneys in client representation and litigation. May draft routine pleadings, documents and correspondence; handles court or administrative agency filing and scheduling; conducts factual investigations; performs simple legal research; gathers and compiles documentary and other evidence; and locates and prepares witnesses.
- Assists in legal representation through communication with clients, witnesses, adverse parties, personnel in public agencies and institutions including court personnel, and other service providers.
- May conduct simple negotiations on behalf of clients.
- Develops a basic knowledge of court and administrative agency practices in assigned area of work, and keeps other staff informed of developments. Develops positive working relationships with court and agency personnel.
- Maintains established systems for docket control, case management, recordkeeping, and reporting on a high volume caseload in assigned area, case management system.
- May engage in community education, service planning, and public relations activities including written and oral presentations. May participate on various committees and task forces within the agency and with outside organizations.
- Works effectively with diverse staff and service population.
- Other duties as assigned.

Compensation is commensurate with years of related experience, position requirements, and candidate qualifications. The average salary for the position is $42,383.

Metropolitan Family Services offers a very generous benefits packet to our professionals:

- Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medica Coverage: HMO, Traditional PPO, or PPO w/ HSA contributions.
- Dental and Vision Insurance Options
- 11 paid Holidays
- Paid Time Off (PTO)
- 401K Plan
- Training and Professional Development Plan with E- Learning
- Wellness Initiative Program
- Employee Assistance Network


- Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university or higher degree, required. OR ABA accredited paralegal certificate, or comparable experience demonstrating working knowledge of legal systems and concepts.
- Minimum of 1-2 years of relevant experience required.
- Commitment to work in public service through direct assistance to people in need.
- Strong writing, recordkeeping, organizational, and communications skills.
- Ability to exercise appropriate independent judgment under supervision.
- Employment with MFS requires proof of vaccination or an approved Medical exemption, required.
- Typing and computer operation skills sufficient to be able to draft documents and learn required systems.
- All paralegals who serve victims of domestic violence must, upon hire, enroll for training and receive a 40-Hour Domestic Violence Certification within 12 weeks of employment.
- Bilingual Spanish-language fluency required.


Depends on experience

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How to Apply
Until filled