Paralegal

Maryland Legal Aid

Location

Towson, MD

Category

Paralegal

Posted

May 13, 2021

Type

Full-Time

Description/Duties

A RESUME AND COVER LETTER ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

Maryland Legal Aid (MLA) provides life-changing civil legal assistance to eligible residents in every part of the State. Since 1911, MLA has provided high-quality legal services to low-income, and marginalized individuals and communities–helping them remedy their civil legal issues and become empowered to overcome challenges, achieve stability and independence, and an overall better life.

MLA is dedicated to preserving the basic human needs and basic human rights of clients, particularly as they navigate the justice system. MLA staff, pro bono attorneys, community partners, and general supporters all play important roles in ensuring that the legal playing field is leveled so that those most in need achieve equal access to justice. It is because of this diverse support that MLA is able to be a voice to tens of thousands of economically disadvantaged and vulnerable Marylanders every yea

Essential Functions:

Under the supervision of an attorney, paralegals are generally expected to handle all functions related to casework from initial client intake through representation of clients at administrative and other hearings permitted by law. Paralegals may be expected to work together with attorneys on cases or projects including work on the legal assistant’s cases as well as the attorneys’ cases. Some paralegals may perform exclusively or primarily non-casework functions. Tasks assigned to paralegals may include any or all but are not limited to the following:

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Screen clients for eligibility.
  • Conduct preliminary and subsequent interviews with clients.
  • Make referrals, as appropriate.
  • Schedule appointments, hearings, etc.
  • Conduct factual investigation and legal research.
  • Prepare documents and correspondence.
  • Assist in or develop case theory and strategy for the representation of clients.
  • Provide community and institutional outreach and education.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER 

Skills/Qualifications

Paralegal certificate or 4-year degree and prior paralegal experience preferred. Individual must have basic written and oral communications skills and must demonstrate potential to perform duties of a  paralegal. Spanish language proficiency desirable.

Compensation

$39,414 and up depending on education and experience.

How To Apply