Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Operations · Washington, District of Columbia
Department Operations
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks an energetic, self-motivated, detail-oriented Legal Assistant to provide paralegal and administrative support.  Fluency or proficiency in Spanish, Amharic or another language prevalent in Legal Aid's client community is strongly preferred. Likewise, the willingness to make a minimum two-year commitment to the job is strongly preferred.


Since 1932, Legal Aid has provided civil legal assistance to clients in individual cases and engaged in systemic reform.  Currently, we represent clients in cases involving housing, domestic violence/family, public benefits, and consumer law. We also work on immigration law matters and help individuals with the collateral consequences of their involvement with the criminal justice system. From the experiences of our clients, we identify opportunities for law reform, public policy advocacy, and systemic impact and appellate litigation. For more information about Legal Aid please visit our website,, and our blog, www.MakingJusticeReal.Org.


Tasks and Duties


Legal Aid is seeking a Legal Assistant/Paralegal to join one or more of Legal Aid’s practice areas.   The Legal Assistant/Paralegal would be part of a dynamic team with the attorneys and other legal assistants in a particular unit (or units) to ensure effective and efficient delivery of services. 


Working closely with staff attorneys in the organization, the Legal Assist will provide vital support to helping assisting with both client cases as well as systemic work being done in support our client community.  Responsibilities include performing basic clerical support, assisting in litigation, conducting investigations, meeting with clients, conducting initial applicant interviews and follow-ups, and working collaboratively and effectively with co-workers to ensure coverage of administrative and paralegal needs throughout Legal Aid’s offices. A successful candidate will be someone who is fueled by Legal Aid’s mission and will want to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment that often requires multi-tasking while at the same time maintaining a high level of attention to detail.  (Note: As a result of the public health emergency, Legal Aid is currently operating remotely and, dependent on current circumstances, the individual hired for this position may start their employment working remotely.)


Required Skills and Experience


  • A demonstrated commitment to social, economic, and racial justice;
  • Excellent organizational skills, with attention to detail;
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize assignments;
  • Effective oral communication skills, particularly telephonic communication;
  • Effective written communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and desire to take initiative in managing projects;
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others;
  • Strong computer skills including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Google applications (familiarity working with online databases helpful but not required);
  • Fluency or proficiency in Spanish, Amharic or another language prevalent in Legal Aid's client community strongly preferred, but not required; and
  • Availability to make a two-year commitment (minimum) strongly preferred.


Legal Aid values an inclusive, diverse workplace and does not unlawfully discriminate on any basis prohibited by law. Legal Aid encourages applications from all interested persons of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected status.  We strongly encourage applications from people with personal experience with the criminal justice system and/or with lived experiences in the communities we serve.


Salary and Benefits


The legal assistant will be paid in accordance with Legal Aid’s salary scale based on years of experience, with a starting salary of $42,840 for an entry-level legal assistant, followed by a step increase each year thereafter. Generous benefits package includes fully paid health insurance (for the employee), annual discretionary retirement match, and 10 days of vacation, 15 days of sick leave, ten paid federal/local holidays, and three personal days.

To Apply


Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Positions remain open until filled.  Please submit your cover letter and resume here.

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