Legal Assistant/Paralegal, Housing Law Unit

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Job location
1331 H Street, NW
Suite 350
Washington, DC 20005
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
Street address: 
1331 H Street, NW, Suite 350
District of Columbia
Job type: 
Position Description: 

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks one or more energetic and detail-oriented individuals for the position of Legal Assistant/Paralegal to provide administrative and paralegal support to its housing law practice. Legal Aid was formed in 1932 to “provide legal aid and counsel to indigent persons in civil law matters and to encourage measures by which the law may better protect and serve their needs.” Legal Aid is the oldest general civil legal services program in the District of Columbia. The largest part of our work is comprised of individual representation in housing, domestic violence/family, public benefits, and consumer law. From the experiences of our clients, we identify opportunities for law reform, public policy advocacy, and systemic reform litigation. For more information about Legal Aid please visit our website,, and our blog, www.MakingJusticeReal.Org.

Tasks and Duties

In addition to providing general administrative and paralegal support to Legal Aid’s housing law attorneys, the Legal Assistant/Paralegal also will provide on-site support for two of Legal Aid’s signature projects: our Court-Based Legal Services Project, which sites a legal services office in Landlord-Tenant Court to provide same-day representation in eviction cases, and our Housing Right to Counsel Project, which seeks to reduce eviction of low-income tenants living in subsidized housing by significantly expanding their access to legal services.

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 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.


The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

• Excellent organizational skills, with attention to detail;
• Ability to multi-task and prioritize assignments;
• Effective oral and 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, Outlook, and Google applications (familiarity working with online databases helpful but not required);
• Ability to speak Spanish, Amharic, or other language strongly desirable but not required; and
• Availability to make at least a two-year commitment.

To apply: 

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

Legal Aid values an inclusive, diverse workplace and encourages applications from 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 range: 
Salary commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package.
Expiration date: 
Monday, April 16, 2018