Employment Opportunities

We provide free legal services to people with low-income and people with disabilities, since 1965. Our staff is dedicated to representing the poor and fight poverty through consistent high quality legal work.

Use your talents and skills to help people and change systems. Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS), the largest provider of civil legal services in Western New York, is seeking attorneys for its Housing Unit in both Buffalo and Niagara Falls offices.  The attorney will assist individuals facing challenges related to housing and landlord/tenant issues and ensure that those in need are served by systems that are just, equitable and responsive. Advocacy will include representation of individual clients and identification and advocacy to obtain systemic change through affirmative advocacy and policy work.   Your clients will include people living with low incomes, disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Salary and Benefits

$59,387 to $97,981 per year salary, dependent upon experience and in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement (law graduates pending admission are welcome to apply). Full time position with a 35-hour work week and shorter summer hours. Excellent benefits including health, dental and vision insurance, 3 weeks of vacation, 12 paid holidays plus paid week off between Christmas and New Year’s, sick and personal leave, student loan forgiveness, paid $50,000 life insurance, pension plan, HSA and Flexible Spending Accounts, and paid memberships.

Job Description

Attorney will maintain a caseload relating to housing law and landlord/tenant law including evictions, unsafe housing conditions, public and subsidized housing related issues, and housing discrimination. The attorney will handle all aspects of legal representation of low-income clients, identify systematic problems that affect clients’ needs, and collaborate with other staff and community partners on holistic service delivery. Working relationships are established with the Housing Unit and other units at NLS as well as community partners. Work is performed under the direction and supervision of the Unit Supervising Attorney.

Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited law school, membership in New York State Bar or pending admission. Legal services background and previous experience working with low-income and/or underserved communities is preferred. Applicants are expected to have knowledge of legal principles of civil practice, strong personal work ethic, interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team, ability to organize and meet deadlines with minimal supervision, effective communication, and cultural competency to work with clients challenged by poverty across the spectrum of diversity.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to hr@nls.org and reference the Housing Attorney position in the subject line. References and a writing sample will be requested after an interview.

Use your talents and skills to help people and change systems. Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS), the largest provider of civil legal services in Western New York, is seeking a generalist attorney for its Batavia Office.  The attorney will assist individuals across an array of civil legal issues and ensure that those in need are served by systems that are just, equitable and responsive. Advocacy will include representation of individual clients and identification and advocacy to obtain systemic change through affirmative advocacy and policy work.   Your clients will include people living with low incomes, disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Salary and Benefits

$59,387 to $97,981 per year salary, dependent upon experience and in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement (law graduates pending admission are welcome to apply). Full time position with a 35-hour work week and shorter summer hours. Excellent benefits including health, dental and vision insurance, 3 weeks of vacation, 12 paid holidays plus paid week off between Christmas and New Year’s, sick and personal leave, student loan forgiveness, paid $50,000 life insurance, pension plan, HSA and Flexible Spending Accounts, and paid memberships.

Job Description

Attorney will maintain a caseload relating to housing law, public benefits, family law, disability law, and consumer issues. The attorney will handle all aspects of legal representation of low-income clients, identify systematic problems that affect clients’ needs, and collaborate with other staff and community partners on holistic service delivery. Working relationships are established with other office staff as well as community partners. Work is performed under the direction and supervision of a Supervising Attorney.

Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited law school, membership in New York State Bar or pending admission. Legal services background and previous experience working with low-income and/or underserved communities is preferred. Applicants are expected to have knowledge of legal principles of civil practice, strong personal work ethic, interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team, ability to organize and meet deadlines with minimal supervision, effective communication, and cultural competency to work with clients challenged by poverty across the spectrum of diversity.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to hr@nls.org and reference the Batavia Attorney position in the subject line. References and a writing sample will be requested after an interview.

Use your talents and skills to help people and change systems. Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS), the largest provider of civil legal services in Western New York, is seeking a staff paralegal for its Batavia Office.  The paralegal will support staff attorneys and assist individuals across an array of civil legal issues and ensure that those in need are served by systems that are just, equitable and responsive. Advocacy will include representation of individual clients and identification and advocacy to obtain systemic change through affirmative advocacy and policy work.   Your clients will include people living with low incomes, disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Salary and Benefits

$41,550 to $68,553 per year salary, dependent upon experience and in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Full time position with a 35-hour work week and shorter summer hours. Excellent benefits including health, dental and vision insurance, 3 weeks of vacation, 12 paid holidays plus paid week off between Christmas and New Year’s, sick and personal leave, student loan forgiveness, paid $50,000 life insurance, pension plan, and HSA and Flexible Spending Accounts.

Job Description

Paralegal will be responsible for supporting attorneys, direct communication with clients, intake, and community education. May have the opportunity to work on cases relating to an array of legal issues, including public benefits, housing, family law, and consumer issues. Training and mentorship will be provided as needed.

Qualifications

Bachelor or Associate degree in Paralegal Studies, with 0-3 years of experience preferred. Legal services background and previous experience working with low-income and/or underserved communities is preferred. Applicants are expected to have strong personal work ethic, interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team, ability to organize and meet deadlines with minimal supervision, effective communication, and cultural competency to work with clients challenged by poverty across the spectrum of diversity.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to hr@nls.org and reference the Batavia Paralegal position in the subject line. References will be requested after an interview.

Use your talents and skills to help people and change systems. Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS), the largest provider of civil legal services in Western New York, is seeking a file clerk for its Buffalo Office.  The position will perform tasks that support NLS in its aim to provide legal services and ensure that those in need are served by systems that are just, equitable and responsive.

Salary and Benefits

$29,222 to $44,059 per year salary, dependent upon experience and in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Full time position with a 35-hour work week and shorter summer hours. Excellent benefits including health, dental and vision insurance, 3 weeks of vacation, 12 paid holidays plus paid week off between Christmas and New Year’s, sick and personal leave, student loan forgiveness, paid $50,000 life insurance, pension plan, and HSA and Flexible Spending Accounts.

Job Description

File Clerk will be responsible data entry, record keeping, filing, copying, answering telephone, reception duties, running errands and making deliveries, stocking office supplies, and other duties as assigned. The position does require some heavy lifting of boxed files. Reports to the Office Manager.

Qualifications

 Associate’s degree, knowledge of general office procedure, demonstrated reliability and dependability, type 40 words per minute, strong organizational skills. Bilingual candidates are strongly preferred.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to hr@nls.org and reference the File Clerk position in the subject line. References will be requested after an interview.

Use your talents and skills to help people and change systems. Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS), the largest provider of civil legal services in Western New York, is seeking a staff attorney for its Family Unit in Buffalo.  The attorney will assist individuals in matrimonial and family court matters and ensure that those in need are served by systems that are just, equitable and responsive. Advocacy will include representation of individual clients and will include identification and advocacy to obtain systemic change through affirmative advocacy and policy work. Your clients will include people living with low incomes, disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Salary and Benefits

$59,387 to $97,981 per year salary, dependent upon experience and in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement (law graduates pending admission are welcome to apply). Full time position with a 35-hour work week and shorter summer hours. Excellent benefits including health, dental and vision insurance, 3 weeks of vacation, 12 paid holidays plus paid week off between Christmas and New Year’s, sick and personal leave, student loan forgiveness, paid $50,000 life insurance, pension plan, HSA and Flexible Spending Accounts, and paid memberships.

Job Description

Attorney will maintain a caseload and be responsible for litigation and counseling clients in divorce, custody, child and spousal support, and domestic violence cases. In addition to direct representation, the Attorney will identify systematic problems that affect clients’ needs and collaborate with other staff and community partners on holistic service delivery. Working relationships are established with the Family Unit and other units at NLS as well as community partners. Work is performed under the direction and supervision of the Unit Supervising Attorney.

Qualifications

 Graduation from an accredited law school, membership in New York State Bar or pending admission. Legal services background and previous experience working with low-income and/or underserved communities and victims of domestic violence is preferred. Applicants are expected to have knowledge of legal principles of civil practice, strong personal work ethic, interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team, ability to organize and meet deadlines with minimal supervision, effective communication, and cultural competency to work with clients challenged by poverty across the spectrum of diversity.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to hr@nls.org and reference the Family Attorney position in the subject line. References and a writing sample will be requested after an interview.

Use your talents and skills to help people and change systems. Our Medical Legal Partnership (MLP), a cutting edge model of legal service delivery spanning all of NLS’ substantive practice areas through a lens of individual and public health. NLS, a trauma informed workplace, has partnered with a local community healthcare provider to deliver wraparound civil legal services to underserved communities. The goals of our MLP work are improving health outcomes, stabilizing low‐income individuals and families, and reducing the negative impacts of poverty. Advocacy will include representation of individual clients and will include identification and advocacy to obtain systemic change through affirmative advocacy and policy work.   Your clients will include people living with low incomes, disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

 

Salary and Benefits

 

$59,387 to $97,981 per year salary, dependent upon experience and in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement (law graduates pending admission are welcome to apply). Full time position with a 35-hour work week and shorter summer hours. Excellent benefits including health, dental and vision insurance, 3 weeks of vacation, 12 paid holidays plus paid week off between Christmas and New Year’s, sick and personal leave, student loan forgiveness, paid $50,000 life insurance, pension plan, HSA and Flexible Spending Accounts, and paid memberships.

 

Job Description

 

Attorney will maintain a caseload and be responsible for litigation and counseling clients, identify systematic problems that affect clients’ needs, and collaborate with other staff and community partners on holistic service delivery. Working relationships are established with the MLP, other units at NLS, medical partner, as well as other community partners. Work is performed under the direction and supervision of the Program Director.

Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited law school, membership in New York State Bar or pending admission. Legal services background and previous experience working with low-income and/or underserved communities and victims of domestic violence is preferred. Applicants are expected to have knowledge of legal principles of civil practice, strong personal work ethic, interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team, ability to organize and meet deadlines with minimal supervision, effective communication, and cultural competency to work with clients challenged by poverty across the spectrum of diversity.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to hr@nls.org and reference the MLP Attorney position in the subject line. References and a writing sample will be requested after an interview.

Use your talents and skills to help people and change systems.  Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS), the largest provider of civil legal services in Western New York, is seeking a dynamic staff paralegal for the Disability Law Unit in its Buffalo office.  The staff paralegal will help residents with disabilities obtain and/or maintain the Social Security benefits that they need for the essentials of daily living and ensure that those in need are served by systems that are just, equitable and responsive.  The staff paralegal will learn the law and advocate for individuals in need of Social Security benefits and other programs and services.  Advocacy will include representation of individual clients and identification and advocacy to obtain systemic change through affirmative advocacy and policy work.   Your clients will include people living with low incomes, disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Salary and Benefits

$41,550 to $68,553 per year salary, dependent upon experience and in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Full time position with a 35-hour work week and shorter summer hours. Excellent benefits including health, dental and vision insurance, 3 weeks of vacation, 12 paid holidays plus paid week off between Christmas and New Year’s, sick and personal leave, student loan forgiveness, paid $50,000 life insurance, pension plan, and HSA and Flexible Spending Accounts.

Job Description

 Paralegal will be responsible for case load management, legal research and writing, representation at Social Security administration with informal appeals and at administrative hearings. Paralegal will also provide a spectrum of legal assistance ranging from direct communication with clients to collaboration with community partners to affect systematic change and provide holistic service delivery. Position reports to staff attorney(s).

Qualifications

 Bachelor or Associate degree in Paralegal Studies. Legal services background and previous experience working with low-income and/or underserved communities is preferred. Applicants are expected to have strong personal work ethic, interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team, ability to organize and meet deadlines with minimal supervision, effective communication, and cultural competency to work with clients challenged by poverty across the spectrum of diversity.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to hr@nls.org and reference the Disability Unit Paralegal position in the subject line. References will be requested after an interview.

Use your talents and skills to help people and change systems.  Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS), the largest provider of civil legal services in Western New York, is seeking a dynamic staff paralegal for the Public Benefits Unit in its Niagara Falls office.  The staff paralegal will help clients to obtain and/or maintain public benefits that they need for the essentials of daily living and ensure that those in need are served by systems that are just, equitable and responsive. The staff paralegal will learn the law and advocate for individuals in need of public benefits and other programs and services.  Advocacy will include representation of individual clients and identification and advocacy to obtain systemic change through affirmative advocacy and policy work. Your clients will include people living with low incomes, disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Salary and Benefits

$41,550 to $68,553 per year salary, dependent upon experience and in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Full time position with a 35-hour work week and shorter summer hours. Excellent benefits including health, dental and vision insurance, 3 weeks of vacation, 12 paid holidays plus paid week off between Christmas and New Year’s, sick and personal leave, student loan forgiveness, paid $50,000 life insurance, pension plan, and HSA and Flexible Spending Accounts.

Job Description

 Paralegal will assist the Senior Attorney in the Public Benefits Unit by conducting intake, managing ongoing case work, and advocating for clients with the Niagara County Department of Social Services. Paralegal will also be required to learn the laws and regulations that govern Public Benefits in New York with a goal of identifying ongoing, systemic issues faced by our clients in addition to individual advocacy. Paralegal will attend outreach events in the community.

Qualifications

 College or Paralegal Degree, excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability to effectively and empathetically work with clients who live with disabilities and other barriers to obtaining and maintaining benefits. Fluency in Spanish or other languages is encouraged but not required.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to hr@nls.org and reference the PB Unit Paralegal position in the subject line. References will be requested after an interview

 

Use your talents and skills to help people and change systems. Our Public Benefits unit and Homeless Task Force help the most vulnerable and lowest-income individuals and families in Western New York obtain and maintain subsistence benefits including shelter, utilities, and food. NLS, a trauma informed workplace, works for and with these families and individuals to ensure the local departments of social services and other government agencies provide all benefits in compliance with the law with a goal of stabilizing low‐income individuals and families and reducing the negative impacts of poverty. Advocacy will include representation of individual clients and will include identification and advocacy to obtain systemic change through affirmative advocacy and policy work.   Your clients will include people living with low incomes, disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

 

Salary and Benefits

 $59,387 to $97,981 per year salary, dependent upon experience and in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement (law graduates pending admission are welcome to apply). Full time position with a 35-hour work week and shorter summer hours. Excellent benefits including health, dental and vision insurance, 3 weeks of vacation, 12 paid holidays plus paid week off between Christmas and New Year’s, sick and personal leave, student loan forgiveness, paid $50,000 life insurance, pension plan, HSA and Flexible Spending Accounts, and paid memberships.

 

Job Description

 Attorney will maintain a caseload and be responsible individual advocacy, representation at administrative hearings, litigation, and counseling clients about their legal rights Additionally, the Staff Attorney will be expected to  identify systematic problems that affect clients’ needs and collaborate with other staff and community partners on holistic service delivery. Work is performed under the direction and supervision of the Program Director.

 

Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited law school, membership in New York State Bar or pending admission. Legal services background and previous experience working with low-income and/or underserved communities and victims of domestic violence is preferred. Applicants are expected to have knowledge of legal principles of civil practice, strong personal work ethic, interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team, ability to organize and meet deadlines with minimal supervision, effective communication, and cultural competency to work with clients challenged by poverty across the spectrum of diversity.

 

How to Apply

 

Please send resume and cover letter to hr@nls.org and reference the Public Benefits Staff Attorney position in the subject line. References and a writing sample will be requested after an interview.

BATAVIA OFFICE

45 Main Street
Batavia, NY 14020
(Tel) 585.343.5450
(Fax) 585.343.5503
Serving Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming Counties

BUFFALO OFFICE

237 Main Street, Ste. 400
Buffalo, NY 14203
(Tel) 716.847.0650
(Fax) 716.847.0227
(TDD) 716.847.1322
Serving Erie County

NIAGARA FALLS OFFICE

225 Old Falls Street 3rd Floor
Niagara Falls, NY 14302
(Tel) 716.284.8831
(Fax) 716.284.8040
Serving Niagara County

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