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To apply to a position listed below, send your resume and cover letter to humanresources@legal-aid.com and fill out our online application below.

The Legal Aid Society of Orange County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Current paid opportunities are below. (If you are looking for volunteer, intern, or extern opportunities, click here.)

Current Job Postings

Special Projects Supervising Attorney
Legal Aid Society of Orange County- Santa Ana, CA

Job Description

Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1958 for the purpose of providing civil legal services to low income individuals and seniors. It has two offices in Orange County and two offices in Southeast Los Angeles County, where it is known as Community Legal Services (CLS). LASOC/CLS seeks an energetic, motivated, personable and effective Staff to be housed in LASOC’s Santa Ana office. Under the supervision of the Directing Attorney, this position is responsible for providing immigration and family services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other victims of violence. The services with include legal representation, consultation, advocacy, information, education, referrals, and advice and counsel. The attorney will provide, in-depth legal representation in the areas of dissolutions of marriage, paternity, child support, child custody permanent restraining orders and immigration relief for victims of crime. The attorney will coordinate the program and maintain an individual caseload and will refer cases that fall outside of family law and immigration to other specialized units within LASOC. Must have at least 5 years of family law experience and significant experience providing trauma informed services to victims of domestic violence.

Responsibilities

  • Handles client interviews, negotiation, settlement, trial and appeal of cases in State and Federal Courts;
  • Researches and prepares pleadings and other legal documents in connection with trials, hearings, and other legal proceedings;
  • Directs and supervises clinical law students and paralegals;
  • Complies with reporting requirements of relevant grants, including tracking deliverables;
  • Conducts community meetings and attends outreach events; and,
  • Participates in activities of community-based organizations and Bar Association activities.
  • Identify significant legal needs and issues for survivors of domestic violence in the areas of immigration and family law and develop plans, including litigation and policy to address those needs.
  • Identify wrap around legal services and work collaboratively with LASOC-CLS various legal units.
  • Implement trauma-informed delivery of legal services
Qualifications

  • Education/License Required: J.D. and active membership in good standing with the State Bar of California.
  • Knowledge of legal principles and their application.
  • Knowledge of rules of evidence and the conduct of court proceedings.
  • Knowledge of legal research methods.
  • Proficiency in Form Builder, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, etc.) and other software programs.
  • Preference will be given to candidates that have some immigration experience.
What we can offer in return

  • Being part of a stimulating, challenging non-profit law firm that is making an impact in the community.
  • Being a member of a committed team, all striving to reach the same goals and supporting each other along the way.
  • A salary and reward package in line with your experience.
  • We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical/dental, 401k with employer contribution; life insurance; and short‐term and long‐term disability policies. paid holidays | vacation | sick leave
TO APPLY, send resume and cover letter to humanresources@legal‐aid.com. Position open until filled.

The Legal Aid Society of Orange County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
POSITION: DIRECTOR OF PRO BONO
WAGE RANGE: Salary depending on experience
JOB CLASSIFICATION: Exempt Position


Job Overview:

Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1958 for the purpose of providing civil legal services to low income individuals and seniors. It has two offices in Orange County and two offices in Southeast Los Angeles County, where it is known as Community Legal Services (CLS). LASOC-CLS seeks an energetic, motivated, personable and effective staff attorney to be based in LASOC’s Santa Ana office, with work responsibilities in all service regions. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Director of Pro Bono will develop, market and oversee a wide range of volunteer involvement projects and partnership opportunities. The goals are to: 1) generate additional pro bono legal resources to augment LASOC’s advocacy efforts; 2) reinforce LASOC’s support base in the private bar by facilitating outside involvement in our mission; 3) strengthen and innovate LASOC’s Legal Entrepreneur Assistance Program (LEAP); and 4) position LASOC‐CLS as an integral part of a “community of justice” of legal services providers, social service agencies, community‐based organizations, educators, judges, and individuals working together to achieve equal justice.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of six (6) years of experience in the practice of law. Familiarity with the Orange and Los Angeles County legal communities a plus;
  • Knowledge of, and interest in, the legal issues affecting low‐income individuals and communities, can be demonstrated through prior legal services experience or volunteering as pro bono counsel;
  • Excellent analytical, communication and presentation skills;
  • Ability to advocate persuasively for the program’s mission;
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team, as well as build a strong PAI team;
  • Energetic self‐starter who can take initiative;
  • Creativity and ability to maximize the use of existing resources;
  • Proficiency in Legal Server, Form Builder, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, etc. and other software programs.
Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop pro bono programs for LASOC‐CLS’s Orange and Los Angeles County offices, including production of policies and procedures manual and a training regimen;
  • Conceptualize, coordinate and promote a comprehensive Private Attorney Involvement (“PAI”) plan that both nurtures existing and develops new relationships;
  • Work with program advocates and management to research and analyze complex poverty law matters and cutting‐edge issues and design innovative projects that effectively address them;
  • Actively recruit and place volunteer attorneys, law students and others to staff legal clinics, take individual cases for representation, co‐counsel on litigation, and provide supervision as needed;
  • Assess, oversee and develop innovative programs for LASOC’s Legal Entrepreneur Assistance Program (LEAP);
  • Serve as liaison with government, bar, judiciary, law schools, and community‐based organizations in local, statewide and national collaborative efforts to increase access to justice;
  • Assist in developing marketing and communication plans to draw in pro bono interest to legal services work;
  • Supervise a Pro Bono Coordinator and oversee a team of existing legal staff in our other offices that will serve as “liaison” to the pro bon program;
  • Work closely with Los Angeles and Orange County Bar Associations;
  • Devise and oversee systems for placing and monitoring pro bono cases, tracking outcomes, and volunteer timekeeping;
  • Develop systems and process with tech staff to integrate pro bono work into the program;
  • Maintain regular contact with PAI attorneys and their referred clients to ensure that the case is moving forward and also to obtain necessary information at the case’s completion;
  • Address issues that may arise from pro bono work between pro bono counsel or client, and provide necessary assistance in addressing matters;
  • Ensure LASOC’s compliance with LSC regulations regarding PAI and assist with reporting duties;
  • Provide logistical support to substantive units conducting volunteer trainings;
  • Develop ideas for volunteer recognition and appreciation; and
  • Other duties as determined by senior management.
We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical/dental, 401k with employer contribution; life insurance; and short‐term and long‐term disability policies. paid holidays | vacation | sick leave

TO APPLY, send resume and cover letter to Jessica Flowers at humanresources@legal‐aid.com. Position open until filled.

The Legal Aid Society of Orange County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
POSITION: Paralegal- Senior Citizens Legal Advocacy Program
SUPERVISOR: Supervising Attorney
WAGE RANGE: $32,815 - $38,314 depending on experience
JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full time, 35-hour work week, hourly, non-exempt
LOCATION: Santa Ana Office
Application Deadline: Continuous until position is filled


Job Overview

Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1958 for the purpose of providing civil legal services to low income individuals and seniors. It has two offices in Orange County and two offices in Southeast Los Angeles County, where it is known as Community Legal Services (CLS). LASOC/CLS seeks an energetic, motivated, personable and effective Paralegal to be part of the Santa Ana Senior Citizens Legal Advocacy Program. Under the supervision of the Supervising Attorney, the paralegal will interview clients, maintain client files, prepare legal forms, pleadings, other writings in connection with trials, settlements, and other legal proceedings and represent clients at administrative hearings.

Essential Job Duties

  • Duties will involve interviewing clients and maintaining client files.
  • Preparing legal forms, pleading and other writings in connection with trials and settlements and other legal proceedings.
  • Write, edit and finalize correspondence, memoranda and other legal documents including drafting discovery and discovery motions.
  • Handle Administrative Hearing.
  • Represent clients at administrative law proceedings in government benefit cases, training will be provided.
  • Provide outreach intake services at Senior Centers.
  • Legal and factual research. Cite checking.
  • Observe confidentiality of attorney-client relationship.
  • As needed, maintain calendar and deadline reminder systems.
  • Prepare detailed monthly reports for the funding agency.
  • Enter time into Case Management System.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.
  • Bilingual English/Vietnamese highly preferred.
Skills Needed

Strong technical skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint) and document assembly program Form Builder. Internet research skills including Westlaw and LexisNexis. Excellent analytical, communication and organizational skills, and ability to manage multiple complex tasks concurrently in a professional and efficient manner. Excellent attention to detail. Must be a team player, able to work under pressure.

Educational and Experience Requirements Bachelor’s degree and/or paralegal certificate. Must have one-year experience as a paralegal.

We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical, dental, LTD, 401k with employer contribution, life insurance, and FSA. Paid holidays | vacation | sick leave

TO APPLY , send resume and cover letter to Jessica Flowers at humanresources@legal-aid.com. Position open until filled.

The Legal Aid Society of Orange County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
POSITION: Staff Attorney - Immigration
SUPERVISOR: Directing Attorney
WAGE RANGE: $62,133 - $80,438 depending on experience
JOB CLASSIFICATION: Exempt Employee
LOCATION: Compton/Norwalk Office
Application Deadline: Continuous until position is filled

Job Overview

Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1958 for the purpose of providing civil legal services to low income individuals and seniors. It has two offices in Orange County and two offices in Southeast Los Angeles County, where it is known as Community Legal Services (CLS). LASOC seeks an experienced, energetic, motivated, personable and effective Staff Attorney to work in its Compton Office (visit www.legal-aid.com for more information about us). Under the supervision of the Directing Attorney, this position oversees all of the legal activities and staff in the Immigration Law unit, and to do sophisticated professional legal work on fairly complex civil cases.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Active membership and good standing with the California State Bar;
  • Two years of immigration experience;
  • Administrative experience in immigration matters before USCIS and EOIR;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of domestic violence and related immigration law preferred;
  • Ability to deal with people empathetically and effectively;
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving low income and the most vulnerable immigrant communities and survivors of domestic violence;
  • Ability to meet grant deliverables and to prepare grant reports;
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends to attend community events, outreach and engagement, hold and assist with legal clinics;
  • Bilingual English/Spanish highly preferred.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

  • Work both in Norwalk and Compton offices;
  • Provide direct legal services to victims of domestic violence, trafficking and other serious crimes in immigration matters including Adjustment of Status Applications, U-VISAS, T-VISAS, VAWA Petitions, Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Naturalizations, and Removal Defense;
  • Develop appropriate outreach materials and disseminate information about rights and benefits available to the immigrant community, including victims of domestic violence, trafficking and other serious crimes;
  • Identify significant legal needs and issues for survivors of domestic violence in the areas of immigration and develop plans, including litigation and policy to address those needs;
  • Outreach to immigrant communities where homeless and survivors of domestic violence are found;
  • Conduct trainings and outreach to community-based organizations and community groups;
  • Develop and coordinate legal clinics with volunteers and other community collaboratives;
  • Coordinate with other assistance organizations in the area by providing referrals and implementing partner meetings to assure appropriate and efficient coverage of services;
  • Ensure grant deliverables are met under various funding grants and to prepare all necessary narratives and reports for grant funding; and
  • In conjunction with the Directing Attorney, recruit, train, and supervise volunteer attorneys and law students.

KNOWLEDGE OF:
  • Knowledge of legal principles and their application.
  • Knowledge of rules of evidence and the conduct of court proceedings.
  • Knowledge of legal research methods.
  • Proficiency in Form Builder, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, etc.) and other software programs.

We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical, dental, LTD, 401k with employer contribution, life insurance, and FSA. Paid holidays | vacation | sick leave

TO APPLY , send resume and cover letter to Jessica Flowers at humanresources@legal-aid.com. Position open until filled.

The Legal Aid Society of Orange County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
POSITION: Hotline Intake Attorney
SUPERVISOR: Intake Supervising Attorney
WAGE RANGE: $50,537 - $65,426 depending on experience
JOB CLASSIFICATION: Exempt Employee
LOCATION: Various Offices
Application Deadline: Continuous until position is filled

Job Overview
The Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1958 for the purpose of providing civil legal services to low income individuals and seniors. It has two offices in Orange County and two offices in Southeast Los Angeles County, where it is known as Community Legal Services (CLS). LASOC seeks an experienced, energetic, motivated, personable and effective Attorney to work in its Santa Office (visit www.legal-aid.com for more information about us). Under the supervision of the Intake Supervising Attorney, this position handles all client intake coming into LASOC from our call center, online intake, and clients walking into our offices. The call center receives approximately 45,000 to 50,000 calls a year and has a staff of twelve intake workers and several volunteers.

QUALIFICATIONS
  • Active membership in the California State Bar;
  • One to three years’ experience as an attorney;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail;
  • Organized, with ability to work on high-volume caseload;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of applicable law and community legal needs;
  • Experience with diverse client population;
  • Ability to be flexible in job duties;
  • Knowledge of, and comfort with, intake systems and technology;
  • Ability to work cooperatively with staff effectively at all levels;
  • Bilingual Language (Spanish or Vietnamese) skills preferred.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
  • Provide counsel and advice and limited service to clients via our intake systems;
  • Triage walk-in requests for assistance;
  • Work closely with intake screeners and intake paralegals;
  • Ensuring timely and appropriate responses to requests for legal assistance;
  • Collect client data for grant reporting purposes;
  • Recruiting, training, and supervising volunteer attorneys and law students;
  • Conduct trainings and outreach to community-based organizations and community groups;
  • Coordinate with other assistance organizations in the area by implementing partner meetings to assure appropriate and efficient coverage of services;
  • Travel regularly to LASOC partner facilities to conduct client intake, prepare legal forms and client declarations;
  • Work in conjunction with the staff attorneys;
  • Strategize on improving client access to LASOC.

We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical/dental, LTD, 401k with employer contribution; life insurance and FSA. Paid holidays | vacation | sick leave

TO APPLY, send resume and cover letter to Jessica Flowers at humanresources@legal-aid.com. Position open until filled.

The Legal Aid Society of Orange County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
POSITION: Staff Attorney – Small Claims (Part-Time Temporary Position)
SUPERVISOR: Directing Attorney
WAGE RANGE: $33.32 to $36.94 depending on experience
JOB CLASSIFICATION: Non-Exempt Employee
LOCATION: Small Claims Advisory Office
Application Deadline: Continuous until position is filled

Job Overview

The Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1958 for providing civil legal services to low income individuals and seniors. It has two offices in Orange County and two offices in Southeast Los Angeles County, where it is known as Community Legal Services (CLS). LASOC seeks an energetic, motivated, personable and effective Attorney to Supervise its Small Claims Advisory Program (visit www.legal-aid.com for more information about us). The applicant must have knowledge of specific laws, rules, and policies related to the operation of the Small Claims Advisory Program. Incumbents of this position supervise the Small Claims representatives who have frequent public and phone contact and the Online Dispute Resolution Project. The call center receives approximately 16,000 calls a year and has a staff of two and one-half small claims representative.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Active membership in the California State Bar;
  • Minimum one (1) year experience in the practice of law, including board experience in lawyering skills, including client interviewing, legal research, writing, drafting and negotiation;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Knowledge of principles of administration and supervision;
  • Knowledge of, and comfort with, intake systems and technology; and
  • Ability to work cooperatively with staff effectively at all levels.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

  • Manage the Small Claims Advisory Program;
  • Supervise and oversee centralized call center;
  • Supervise Small Claims Representatives who are answering questions from the public about filing claims, presenting claims, and collecting judgments;
  • Supervise weekly Small Claims Workshops;
  • Supervise and troubleshoot LASOC’s Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Program. LASOC’s ODR uses technology to help the parties in a Small Claims case communicate directly with each other, or request the assistance of an ODR Facilitator, to resolve their Small Claims case;
  • Prepare monthly statistical reports that are submitted to the Court.
TO APPLY, send resume and cover letter to Jessica Flowers at humanresources@legal-aid.com. Position open until filled.

The Legal Aid Society of Orange County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
POSITION: Staff Attorney – Health Consumer Action Center
SUPERVISOR: Supervising Attorney
WAGE RANGE: $50,537 - $72,545 depending on experience
JOB CLASSIFICATION: Exempt Employee
LOCATION: Santa Ana Office
Application Deadline: Continuous until position is filled


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

Legal Aid Society of Orange County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1958 for the purpose of providing free and low-cost civil legal services to low- and middle-income individuals and seniors. It has two offices in Orange County and two offices in Southeast Los Angeles County, where it is known as Community Legal Services. The program focuses on supporting clients through trauma informed care.

LASOC/CLS is proud to host Orange County’s Health Consumer Action Center, in association with the Health Consumer Alliance. LASOC/CLS’ HCAC assists low-income, underrepresented consumers in accessing the health care system in Orange County. As the only program of its kind in Orange County, HCAC provides legal advocacy and expertise to help health care consumers obtain the coverage and access services they need.

LASOC/CLS seeks an energetic, motivated, personable and effective Staff Attorney to support the Health Consumer Action Center (HCAC) under the direction of the Supervising Attorney.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the supervision of the Supervising Attorney, the attorney will advocate for and represent clients on cases involving private and public health insurance programs and engage in systemic advocacy. The attorney will be involved in and participate in community stakeholder’s meetings, HCA meetings, statewide California Health Advocates meetings and other related health events. The attorney will provide presentations to community-based agencies and community events on health care issues. The attorney will occasionally serve on the Hotline to provide advice and supervision for Hotline intake.

This position requires a dedicated, professional, highly organized, and detail-oriented attorney who has a strong academic background and some evidence of commitment to dealing with healthcare (managed care) and commitment to public interest law.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education/License Required: J.D. and active membership in good standing with the State Bar of California.

Experience: A minimum of one year of experience in health advocacy as an attorney is preferred. Significant health advocacy experience or equivalent skills serving low-income or other under-served communities. Spanish-speaking ability preferred, but not required.

Knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of federal and state health care regulatory scheme and preferably have experience with health law issues and health coverage matters, including, but not limited to the Affordable Care Act, Covered California, Medi-Cal, Managed Care, and Cal MediConnect plan.
  • Knowledge of the principles and procedures of litigation in State and Federal Courts, administrative agencies and hearing rights; substantive areas of law relevant to program/office case priorities, specifically in health care; principles of community development and establishment of working relationships; computer research methods; knowledge of services and resources for the client community.
  • Legal Research methods.
  • Legal principles and their application.
  • Rules of evidence and conduct of court proceedings.
  • MS Office applications and Legal Solutions.

Skills:

  • Necessary skills include client interviewing, investigation, legal research, analytical reasoning ability, excellent English writing skills, negotiation, communication/listening skills, ability to work under stress and short time lines, ability to work with/for poor people, empathize with the client community, and the ability to conduct computer research and adapt to new health laws and other regulatory changes.
  • Work effectively with staff, Bar Associations, Board, client and non-client community.
  • Aggressively seek out and identify legal issues of common concern and impact on our client community.
  • Comfortable working with low-income community, including victims/survivors of domestic violence and crimes, homeless, veterans, seniors and other disenfranchised groups.

We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical, dental, LTD, 401k with employer contribution, life insurance, and FSA. Paid holidays | vacation | sick leave

TO APPLY, send resume and cover letter to Jessica Flowers at humanresources@legal-aid.com. Position open until filled.

The Legal Aid Society of Orange County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please be advised that all applicants for the Health unit and all permanent staff positions must be willing to undergo a Live Scan background check to be considered for a position.  The background check process can be lengthy and, if offered a position, duties may be modified until background results have cleared.