Paralegal Two Year Program

Our paralegals work closely with trial attorneys and their clients on every step of their federal criminal cases, from arrest to acquittal or sentencing. It is an excellent opportunity to gain substantive exposure to criminal law prior to law school or graduate studies. Every day brings a new challenge, and may require conducting client interviews, assisting in the preparation of bail packages, interviewing witnesses, reviewing evidence, or obtaining mitigation materials from clients, their families, hospitals, schools, and drug treatment programs. The work takes our paralegals out of the office and all over the city, whether to the courtroom, the visiting rooms of federal prisons, or into the field on investigation. Our paralegals also have the extraordinary opportunity to sit at counsel table at trials on a regular basis.

Ideal candidates are self-motivated, independent workers; tenacious investigators; and professional and courteous ambassadors of our office to clients, their families, and other actors in the Criminal Justice system. We seek candidates with a sense of humor and flexibility, as well as an appreciation of the obstacles faced by our indigent clients, including issues of race, class, and ethnicity. Time management, organization, and attention to detail are key. Fluency in Spanish is highly desired. 

We are looking to fill paralegal positions in our Brooklyn office to begin in early summer 2017.  Please indicate in your cover letter when you are available to begin.

No calls or faxes please.  The cover letter may be addressed to Michelle Gelernt, Deputy Attorney-in-Charge, Federal Defenders of New York, One Pierrepont Plaza, 16th floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

Salary:  $47,478 plus benefits including medical

To apply:  Resume and cover letter

E-mail:  FDNYparalegalhiring@fd.org

Will acknowledge only those invited for interview.