Intake Paralegal - Community Legal Services

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Community Legal Services of Philadelphia - 50 Years

Intake Paralegal - North Philadelphia Law Center

Community Legal Services, Inc. of Philadelphia is a non-profit public interest agency providing free civil legal services to low-income Philadelphia residents. As the largest provider of free civil legal services in the Philadelphia area, CLS is both locally and nationally renowned as a premier legal services provider dedicated to ensuring access to justice for all low-income individuals and communities. CLS has eight legal units covering a wide range of civil legal services. 

CLS is seeking an Intake Paralegal for the North Philadelphia Legal Center location. This is a full-time position where the primary responsibility responsibilities are interviewing new clients and collecting information for case handlers. The The ideal candidate will possess excellent knowledge of CLS practice areas and knowledge of other community resources for appropriate referrals. In addition to the primary responsibilities listed herein, this position will also involve discovering the relevant facts and drafting thorough memoranda for the case handlers, negotiating favorable outcomes for clients, and giving advice under the supervision of attorneys.  Aptitude for or demonstrated skill in client interviewing and oral advocacy are required. 

Required Qualifications: High School Diploma or GED. Strong writing skills, computer literacy, the ability to learn complex material quickly, initiative, strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact well in a multi-cultural environment. Willingness and motivation to assist on substantive cases and administrative matters.

Preferred Qualifications: Four year college degree.  Experience in legislative or administrative advocacy, or experience with a social services agency or a nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of the poor. Fluency in Spanish and/or another language.

To Apply: Please submit your application on CLS 's website online at :

What to include in your application: Please include a cover letter, resume, two professional references, and brief writing sample.  Community Legal Services values a diverse work environment and strongly encourages women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and people who have experienced homelessness and/or system involvement to apply. CLS invites all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.

This is a full-time position covered by the collective bargaining agreement between Community Legal Services, Inc. (CLS) and the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, AFL-CIO and its affiliate District 1199C.  The current minimum starting salary is $32,500 and is subject to change according to the provisions of the current collective bargaining agreement.  Raises and benefits are also governed by that agreement.

Community Legal Services, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants of all diverse backgrounds to apply.  CLS, Inc. does not discriminate in the selection of employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, genetics, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status.  In addition to federal law requirements, CLS complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.  This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall and transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. 

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