The Legal Aid Society, the nation's oldest and largest social justice legal services organization, has openings for dedicated, entry level housing staff attorneys in the Civil Practice. The Housing Unit handles a broad range of individual and group tenant representation at the trial and appellate levels, including holdovers, nonpayment proceedings, administrative hearings, and affirmative litigation in State and Federal courts. There are opening for Staff Attorneys in all five boroughs.
PRIMARY AND SECONDARY DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES
Client representation and advocacy with City, State, and Federal agencies and in court proceedings, administrative hearings, and affirmative litigation
Conduct regular courthouse-based and off-site intake
Provide training, community outreach, and education to individuals, local community-based organizations, and housing advocates
Policy advocacy including advocacy before legislative, administrative, and judicial bodies to advance the interests of clients
Represent and promote the work of the office, the Civil Practice, and The Legal Aid Society in the community
Work collaboratively with other organizations, pro bono lawyers, and partners
Maintain a full caseload of clients
Some weekend and night advocacy may be necessary
Other duties as assigned
Manhattan - Legal Aid Society Headquarters
TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS
Applicants should be law graduates who will sit for the first Uniform Bar Examination after graduation from law school, and who will take the New York Law Exam.
Experience in, and commitment to, housing justice issues is preferred
Applicants must be creative, flexible, independent, and highly motivated.
Excellent organizational skills, writing ability, and communication skills are essential.
Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and must be fierce, committed advocates to our client base.
Relevant clinical program, internship or work experience preferred.
Knowledge of the law of evidence, statutory interpretation, and ethical principles contained in the Rules of Professional Conduct.
Demonstrated commitment to, and interest in, serving racially- and socioeconomically- oppressed communities.
Ability to work collegially and collaboratively with all members of the staff.
THE HIRING PROCESS
Job Fair or One Campus Interviews(OCI's) are screening interviews for entry-level Staff Attorney jobs. The 4 phases of the Civil Practice hiring process are:
PHASE I Resumes received by the deadline are screened by the Civil Hiring Committee. Evaluations from screening interviews are also reviewed by this same Committee. Applicants are then selected for first round interviews and will receive either an email or voicemail for an interview.
PHASE II First round interviews are conducted by managers and staff attorneys at one of our offices in the five boroughs of New York City.
PHASE III The Hiring Committee reviews first round evaluations and then determines which applicants will receive final round interviews with the Civil Attorney-in-Charge.
PHASE IV Final round interviews are conducted and job offers are made by The Legal Aid Society. Offers are made contingent on funding from the City and/or State.
Applicants will be notified via email about whether they have/have not been selected for an interview.
BAR EXAMINATION AND EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY LEVEL POSITIONS
You must sit for the first Uniform Bar Examination scheduled after your graduation date. Thus, to remain eligible for our Fall 2019 class:
You must sit for the February 2019 Uniform Bar Examination if your graduation date is September 2018, December 2018, January 2019 or May 2019 if taking February bar.
You must sit for the July 2019 Uniform Bar Examination if your graduation date is May or June 2019.
You must sit for the first New York Law Exam after taking the UBE.
If you have not already taken the MPRE examination before your graduation, you must also sit for the next available MPRE examination after your graduation date.
If you do not pass either examination on the first sitting, you must sign up for and take the next available exam.
At the time you are hired, you must be eligible to work lawfully in the United States.
HOW TO APPLY
You must apply online at the LAS Recruitment Portal. A failure to submit the proper documents or follow instructions will be deemed as an incomplete application. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the Hiring Committee. We strongly encourage all applicants to apply before the deadline.
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
The leadership of The Legal Aid Society is committed to a work culture of zealous advocacy, respect, diversity and inclusion, client-oriented defense, access to justice and excellent representation. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.
The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ communities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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