Paralegal Two Year Program - SDNY

The Federal Defenders of New York vigorously defends persons charged with federal crimes who cannot afford to hire an attorney. We are an independent, non-profit organization with lawyers practicing in the federal courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York (SDNY / EDNY), with offices located in Manhattan and White Plains (SDNY), and Brooklyn and Central Islip (EDNY). Our mission is straightforward: although we provide our services free of cost, our clients should receive the finest legal representation available at any price.

We subscribe to a client-centered approach to legal representation. We listen to our clients, pay close attention to their individual needs, and work closely in teams of paralegals, investigators, social workers, and attorneys to address all aspects of a client’s circumstances. We fight for our clients to obtain the best result possible.

Our staff work together to provide comprehensive representation to our clients. We conduct thorough investigations, diligently counsel and advise clients about their options, and fight vigorously through motion practice and at trial. If our clients are convicted, we advocate on their behalf at sentencing by developing and presenting a full picture of their lives, not one defined exclusively by their court-involvement. We also represent our clients on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals and, if possible to the United States Supreme Court.

We are currently accepting applications for paralegals in our Manhattan and White Plains offices.

Please note that while you may apply specifically to the Manhattan or White Plains office, you may be considered for the other, or both offices.

For more information about the position, please refer to our Idealist ad:

Application Instructions

Please submit applications using this Google Form:

Please upload one PDF document containing, in the following order:

(1) cover letter; and

(2) resume.

Your cover letter should address your interest in working specifically at a public defender's office. Please include any interest in relevant criminal justice issues, examples of experiences working with court-involved and/or marginalized populations.

Please include any language and technical skills.

File naming format: "Last Name, First Name - cover letter and resume"

Materials not submitted in this format will not be considered.