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: 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: Staff Attorney- Complex Litigation
SUPERVISOR: Director of Litigation
WAGE RANGE: Depending on experience
JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full time, Exempt Position
LOCATION: Santa Ana Office
Application Deadline: Continuous until position is filled

Program Overview

Since 1958, the Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Community Legal Services (LASOC) has offered a diverse approach to the delivery of legal services. The mission of LASOC is to provide high quality, free civil legal services to low-income individuals and seniors and to promote equal access to the justice system through advocacy, legal counseling, innovative self-help, in-depth legal representation, economic development, and community education.

LASOC advocates on behalf of vulnerable individuals and communities both in Orange County and the southeast area of Los Angeles County, where it is known as Community Legal Services (CLS). LASOC currently maintains offices in Santa Ana, Anaheim, Compton and Norwalk. Generally, clients are eligible for LASOC’s services if the client’s income is at or below 125% to 200% of the federal poverty threshold or if they are over age 60. Based on the 2014 estimated poverty population, approximately 601,805 persons in LASOC’s service area have incomes that fall below 125% of the poverty level.


Description of Position

LASOC seeks a compassionate, open-minded, and dedicated Staff Attorney to join its Complex Litigation Unit in its Santa Ana, California office. This is an exciting opportunity for a conscientious litigator to work in the community, make impactful changes for clients, and advocate for equal justice. The Staff Attorney will litigate a wide-range of legal services issues, strive to make impactful changes on matters that disproportionately impact the poor, and be an integral part of a fast-paced team environment.

Job Responsibilities

Build expertise in specialized legal areas such as civil rights, fair housing laws, land use, mortgage and lending practices, government benefits, due process rights and disability laws. Support the current state and federal litigation cases within the unit. Current cases address issues of homelessness, homelessness prevention, affordable housing, and government benefits. Formulate strategy on impact advocacy and policy. Lead outreach, conduct extensive investigation, handle client intake, conduct legal research, draft legal briefs, and litigate. Engage in collaborations with advocates in the LASOC program and with community partners. Comply with grant requirements, case tracking requirements, and all other administrative tasks as required of LASOC employees.

Candidates must be available and willing to conduct outreach and advocacy throughout LASOC’s service area, including to communities in southeast Los Angeles and all of Orange County, work with diverse group of clients, and collaborate with a multitude of local community groups. The position will handle both direct service and impact cases and will report to the Director of Litigation.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum two years of litigation and trial experience, must be a member of the California Bar, and possess excellent legal research and writing skills. The staff attorney will have a passionate commitment to social justice for disadvantaged individuals and communities and must be able to work in a collaborative environment. Successful track record of forging alliances and moving people to take collective action. Experience can be demonstrated through prior work in legal services, housing litigation, litigation in federal court, and working with community groups. Bilingual capacity strongly preferred.

More information on 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 for this position, send a cover letter, resume, and 2 writing samples to show a range of advocacy (10 pages or less per sample) (electronically in PDF or Microsoft Word format) to humanresources@legal-aid.com. Attention: Complex Litigation Unit – Staff Attorney.

LASOC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and places a high value on diversity in its workplace, including diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. We strive to create an environment welcoming to all individuals and we encourage applications from individuals traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. The position is housed in LASOC’s main office in Santa Ana, California with flexibility for partial weeks in the Compton or Norwalk offices. ###
POSITION: Paralegal
SUPERVISOR: Staff Attorney
WAGE RANGE: Depending on experience
JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full time 35-hour work week, hourly, non-exempt
LOCATION: Various Offices
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 provide services to low-income DV victims in partnership between Human Options, Inc. Under the supervision of the Staff Attorney, this position is responsible for assisting the attorney in providing services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking in matters arising from the abuse. 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. The services that will be provided by the project will include legal representation, consultation, advocacy, information, education, referrals, and advice and counsel.

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.
  • 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.
  • Experience in assisting DV victims with a variety of civil legal matters
  • Bilingual English/Spanish 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 three years’ 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.
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POSITION: Staff Attorney
SUPERVISOR: Directing Attorney
WAGE RANGE: Depending on experience
JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full time, Exempt
LOCATION: Various Offices
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). Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC) seeks an energetic, motivated, personable and effective Staff Attorney to provide comprehensive legal services to low-income DV victims in partnership with Human Options, Inc.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the supervision of the Directing Attorney, this position is responsible for providing immigration and family services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking in matters arising from the abuse. The attorney will provide in-depth legal representation in the areas of family law, immigration, safety, child custody, visitation and child support, dissolutions of marriage, employment, housing, education and litigation abuse. Must have a minimum of 4 years’ experience assisting DV victims. S/he will be trained in trauma-informed care and will regularly attend trainings to remain on the cutting edge of development in the law and best practices. The Staff Attorney will serve as the primary liaison and collaborative partner with Human Options and will be responsible for direct legal services, including extensive family and civil law services to victims, recruiting and training volunteers (e.g., pro bono attorneys and law students), managing referrals from Human Options, and tracking services and progress according to OVW requirements.

Examples of Duties

  • Provide comprehensive bilingual legal services, including direct representation, on legal matters related to victimization;
  • Provide legal assistance, including direct representation, to immigrant victims seeking relief through U-Visa, T-Visa, VAWA applications as well as other forms of immigration relief available to victims;
  • Provide legal assistance, including direct representation, in domestic violence, civil harassment, family Law, child custody, and child support, stemming from domestic violence and other crimes/abuse;
  • Identify legal issues involving, employment, housing, education, and other matters stemming from domestic violence and other crimes/abuse and to work collaboratively with LASOC-CLS various legal units to address these issues;
  • Meet with clients in community-based outreach/family resource centers;
  • 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 oversees paralegals and clinical law students;
  • Complies with reporting requirements of relevant grants, including tracking deliverables;
  • To work collaboratively and closely with Human Options;
  • Conducts community meetings, trainings, and attends outreach events, which can include evenings and/or weekends;
  • Participates in activities of community-based organizations and Bar Association activities.
  • Identify significant legal needs and issues for survivors of domestic violence and other victims of crimes in the areas of immigration, restraining orders, civil harassment, family law, housing, education, employment 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

  • Active membership and good standing with the California State Bar;
  • 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.

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.
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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.