Careers

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

POSITION: Human Resources Manager
SUPERVISOR: Executive Director
WAGE RANGE: $64,867 to $88,429 depending on experience
JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full-time, Exempt
LOCATION: Santa Ana Office
Application Deadline: Continuous until position is filled

JOB DESCRIPTION

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. LASOC has a staff of 100 employees and 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, knowledgeable, and compassionate Human Resources Manager who thrives in a dynamic and fast-paced public interest law firm. The HR manager reports to the Executive Director and will work in conjunction with the Director of Finance and Operations. The HR manager is responsible for overall management and direction of the organization's human resource programs and policies including employee recruitment, development, recognition, compensation, benefits, training and safety.

Responsibilities

    Conduct wholesale assessment of the organizations human resource policies and recommend changes as appropriate;
  • Primary resource for LASOC's HR needs, including research, drafting & implementing internal policies, practices, and procedures;
  • Have a thorough knowledge and understanding of state and federal labor laws and ensure compliance;
  • Develop staff recognition practices with a focus on maintaining a positive and productive working environment;
  • Develop procedures and guide the process for onboarding and offboarding staff to ensure an effective transition of responsibilities;
  • Support employee relations with timely responses and resolution of human resource questions and issues;
  • Manage employee performance evaluation process, including overseeing the development, drafting and distribution of evaluation forms and ensure adherence to timelines;
  • Maintain and update employee handbook, safety manuals, and other staff documents;
  • Oversee and participate in hiring process including creating and posting job announcements and overseeing employee recruitment;
  • Monitor and respond to disability, unemployment and other EDD requests;
  • Evaluate, develop and maintain comprehensive HR system including implementing an HRIS application;
  • Review and administer compensation and benefits;
  • Collaborate with pro bono efforts and tracking of volunteers;
  • Develop and implement volunteer engagement;
  • Coordinate staff-wide meetings, trainings and safety demonstrations and celebrations; and,
  • Undertake special projects, research, and other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Minimum six years as a human resources generalist or equivalent in a professional office;
  • Bachelor's degree in HR, business, social science or related field;
  • PHR/SPHER certification, or similar preferred;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, professional communication, and outstanding written and oral communications;
  • Detail oriented and highly organized with ability to manage several projects at once;
  • Ability to take initiative and prioritize tasks and willingness to handle all levels of administration;
  • Ability to influence others to perform their jobs effectively;
  • Strong facilitation skills, with non-profit/public sector preferred;
  • Experience with employment law, workers compensation, benefit and payroll taxes;
  • Dedication to fostering a supportive and productive office culture committed to assisting underserved communities;
  • Culturally competent, with demonstrated leadership skills.
We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical/dental, 401k with employer contribution; life insurance; and, long-term disability policies. Paid holidays | vacation | sick leave

TO APPLY, send resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Boland at humanresources@legal-aid.com and fill out the general application above. Position open until filled. The Legal Aid Society of Orange County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ###
POSITION: Immigration Attorney
SUPERVISOR: Directing Attorney
WAGE RANGE: $50,537 to $84,701 depending on experience
JOB CLASSIFICATION: Exempt Employee
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 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 Directing Attorney, this position is responsible for providing immigration and family services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other victims of violence.

Qualifications
  • Active membership in the California State Bar;
  • Administrative experience in immigration matters before USCIS and EOIR;
  • Litigation experience in State or Federal Court and preferably in family law and immigration proceedings;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of domestic violence related family and 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 preferred.
Examples of Duties
  • Work both in Orange County and our Southeast offices;
  • Provide direct legal services to victims of domestic violence, trafficking and other serious crimes in both family law and immigration matters;
  • 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 family law 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.
Benefits

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

TO APPLY, fill out the application above and 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: Temporary Full Time Expungement Attorney (Position available for six months and may lead to regular employment) SUPERVISOR: Director of Litigation

WAGE RANGE: $50,537 to 65,426 per month depending on experience

JOB CLASSIFICATION: Exempt Employee

LOCATION: Santa Ana Office

Application Deadline: Continuous until position is filled

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 Expungement program (visit www.legal-aid.com for more information about us). The expungement process helps to remove the barriers to successful reintegration into the community faced by many individuals with a criminal record. The program provides outreach services, community education and undertakes a clinic that handles dismissals under PC 1203.4, 1203.4a, and 17(b), prop 47, juvenile sealing, and certificate of rehabilitation. The clinic provides the following services:
  1. Advises individuals whether they are eligible for dismissal, reductions, juvenile sealing, or certificate of rehabilitation;
  2. Helps prepare petition forms;
  3. Helps prepare fee waivers (depending on county requirements);
  4. Help write declarations; and
  5. In certain cases provides representation at hearings.
Key Functions
  • Handles client interviews and hearings;
  • Filing of petitions with the Orange County Courts;
  • Researches and prepares pleadings and other legal documents in connection with expungements or post-conviction relief;
  • Trains, directs and supervises clinical law students and paralegals;
  • Conducts community meetings and attends outreach events;
  • Organizes and conducts monthly Saturday clinics, including training and recruiting volunteers for monthly clinics;
  • Organizes and conducts the annual post-conviction relief fair in collaboration with community partners;
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed to meet the professional duties to clients;
  • Collaborates with other attorneys and support staff to determine the best course of action for a client;
  • Manages reporting of post-conviction grant(s) with LASOC’s Grantwriter and Compliance Manager; and,
  • Participates in activities of community based organizations and Bar Association activities.
What are we looking for:
  • 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.
  • Experience in handling expungements, required.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Proficiency in Form Builder, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, etc.) and other software programs.
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Great writing skills
  • Bilingual English/Spanish, preferred.
  • A basic understanding on immigration law that relates to any of the services provided by the expungement clinic.
TO APPLY, send resume and cover letter to humanresources@legal-aid.com and fill out general application above. Position open until filled.

The Legal Aid Society of Orange County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ###
POSITION: Self-Help Intake Representative

SUPERVISOR: Self-Help Center Attorney

WAGE RANGE: $29,232 to $32,413

JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full time 35-hour work week, hourly, non-exempt

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). This position is housed at the Self-Help Center located in the Compton Courthouse and works under the supervision of the Self-Help Center Attorney. The position assists the attorney at the Self-Help Center with helping self-represented litigants select, prepare and review the forms they need, as well as, complete and print forms and assist with clinics in a classroom setting to better inform court users.

Key Functions
  • Interfaces with public walk-ins
  • Provides information to self-represented litigants regarding court forms
  • Manages stressful interactions with self-represented litigants
  • Prepares and maintains statistical records and performs keyboarding or data entry.
What are we looking for
  • Graduation from high school or attainment of a satisfactory score on a G.E.D. test.
  • A minimum of one year of experience assisting with intake at a legal services program or court self-help center.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Ability to handle difficult client stress situations.
  • Ability to understand, relate to, and communicate with people.
  • Ability to learn data entry techniques.
  • Must be bilingual English/Spanish
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.
Benefits

We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical/dental, 401k with employer contribution; life insurance, short-term and long-term disability policies, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave.

TO APPLY, send resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Boland at humanresources@legal-aid.com and fill out the general application above. Position open until filled.

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POSITION: Vietnamese Speaking Hotline Intake Worker

SUPERVISOR: Intake Supervising Attorney

JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full time, Hourly, Non-Exempt

SALARY RANGE: $16.54/hour

GENERAL 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. LASOC/CLS seeks an energetic, motivated and well-organized individual to work on its Hotline. The Hotline receives over a 100 calls a day. Candidate must have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

DESCRIPTION OF KEY FUNCTIONS

Under attorney supervision, perform hotline duties, which include screening clients for eligibility, obtaining demographic information, determining and documenting legal problem and relaying advice and counsel given by attorney to eligible clients over the telephone. There is a training program involved that provides training in several substantive legal services. Heavy client contact. Must be able to complete client intakes over the telephone and enter appropriate data into legal database.

Qualifications:
  • Minimum 1 year full-time experience working on a call center and using a computer.
  • Must type 30WPM.
  • Bilingual English/Vietnamese required. Preference given to paralegals and law school students.
  • Ability to handle difficult client stress situations.
  • Ability to understand, relate to, and communicate with people.
  • Ability to learn data entry techniques.
Fringe benefits include: 401-K, medical, dental, LTD, life insurance, paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave.

TO APPLY, send resume and cover letter to humanresources@legal-aid.com and fill out the general application above.

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.