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Paralegal – Restoring Communities Workgroup (Reentry/MOCS)


Paralegal –
 Paralegal – Restoring Communities Workgroup (Reentry/MOCS)


East Los Angeles Community Office*


$49,902.31k – $52,147.92k/ annually DOE, with excellent benefits



Application Deadline:

Continuous until position is filled.

About the Position:

Are you interested in joining an organization dedicated to increasing access to justice while addressing systemic inequities among the most vulnerable members of the Greater Los Angeles area? If yes, LAFLA is the place for you!

The Organization: LAFLA is a nonprofit law firm that protects and advances the rights of the most underserved—leveling the playing field and ensuring that everyone can have access to the justice system. Celebrating 95 years of service to Los Angeles communities, LAFLA is the first and most experienced legal aid organization in Greater Los Angeles. LAFLA has more than 200 employees, including more than 100 attorneys, who provide free services and resources on a broad range of civil legal issues that impact healthy, safety, and self-sufficiency. Every year, LAFLA helps more than 100,000 people find their voice, regain control of their lives, and build a brighter future. Our unique combination of neighborhood offices, self-help centers at courthouses, and domestic violence clinics puts LAFLA on the frontlines in communities at the forefront of change. LAFLA also engages in impact litigation to help enact long-term systemic change—actively collaborating with a network of public and private partners to expand access to justice, identify needs in the communities we serve, and change laws and policies that adversely affect the underserved. For more information, please visit www.lafla.org.

The Project: Mayor’s Office of Community Safety (MOCS)

The Position: The paralegal will provide support and assistance to clients who come to LAFLA for services. Under the supervision of an attorney, the paralegal will provide direct legal services to individuals who have been arrested or convicted and face economic and social barriers due to their record. This position involves working collaboratively with staff, community partners, and volunteers to deliver holistic reentry-related services. The paralegal will assist clients with a variety of legal issues, such as criminal record expungement and reduction, driver’s license suspensions, occupational licensing, housing law, public benefits, employment law, and family law. There are opportunities to develop systemic impact projects and to participate in broader dialogue about reentry issues. The position will also entail working with volunteers in expungement clinics and participation in community events.

NOTE – This position is part of a special program created using designated funds. There is no assurance of ongoing funding or employment beyond May 2025 (or 1 year from hire date).

LAFLA is currently accepting applications for the position of Paralegal.


• A four (4) year degree preferred; or Paralegal certificate or one (1) year relevant work experience;
• Experience in providing assistance to clients who have been in the criminal justice system is preferred;
• Experience with clean slate work such as petitions to dismiss criminal records is preferred;
• General knowledge of eviction defense, government benefits, family law or child support preferred;
• Self-motivated, takes initiative, ability to learn quickly;
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
• Organized, with ability to work on high-volume caseload; and
• Ability to be flexible in job duties.

Examples of Duties:

• Conduct client intake and prepare legal forms;
• Work in conjunction with the staff attorneys;
• Collaborate with Community-Based Organizations;
• Conduct community education presentations;
• Assist clients with obtaining DOJ live scans;
• Participate in virtual and in-person clinics; and
• Collect client data for grant reporting purposes;
• Contribute to the organization’s DEI plan and goals (via surveys, interviews, etc), supporting all DEI initiatives and helping to promote inclusion in a thoughtful way;
• To view LAFLA’s Commitment to DEI, please go to https://lafla.org/who-we-are/diversity-equity-inclusion-justice-at-lafla/

How to Apply:

HOW TO APPLY – Please submit a cover letter and resume online to spwgjobs@lafla.org. Include “Paralegal (MOCS) – ReCo” in the subject line.

INTRODUCTORY PERIOD – A nine month introductory period will be required.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: Selection will be based solely on merit and will be without discrimination because of race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, citizenship, creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, age, religion, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, marital or registered domestic partners status, or any other legally protected status.
The organization is committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to qualified candidates and employees pursuant to applicable law. We value and encourage diversity and solicit applications from all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. If you require reasonable accommodation as part of the application process or expect to require an accommodation if hired, please contact humanresources@lafla.org.

Benefits & Compensation

LAFLA offers a diverse environment with competitive compensation based on comparable public interest salaries. We also offer a generous benefits package for full-time employees including medical, dental, and vision for employees and dependents, life insurance, long-term disability and long-term care insurance, and 403(b) retirement plan. Eligible employees may also qualify for bilingual supplements, law student loan reimbursements, and a cell phone stipend. Please visit https://lafla.org/get-involved/careers/ for our salary scale for union, non-management staff.