Paralegal II (Full-time)

This paralegal position on Bay Area's Hillsborough housing team called ABLE (Advocates for Basic Legal Equality) will primarily assist with interviewing clients and litigation support in housing and landlord tenant matters.

This is a one-year position only. Highly responsible position involving tasks assigned by attorneys and performed under their supervision in assisting clients in legal matters and operating with a substantial degree of independence.  Assisting attorneys with handling individual client matters independently, but under the supervision of an attorney. 

Office Location

Ybor City
1302 N 19th Street
Suite 400
Tampa, FL 33605

Illustrative Duties

  • Interview new and continuing service clients.
  • Investigate facts, prepare witnesses and evidence for negotiations, administrative hearings, and trials. Checks and examines law sources such as statutes, recorded judicial decisions, legal articles, constitutions, and legal codes to prepare complex legal documents, such as briefs, pleadings, appeals with minimal supervision for attorney’s approval. Assists with trial preparation by organizing exhibits and assisting with other tasks as needed.
  • Represent clients at administrative hearings. Handle individual client matters independently, but under attorney supervision. 
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by supervising attorney, including private attorney involvement as appropriate.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum 2 years of experience as a paralegal with an AA degree in paralegal studies or 1-year experience as a paralegal with a Bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies or may substitute education with a total of 5 years’ experience as a paralegal.
  • Excellent Time Management and Organizational Skills,
  • Excellent written, verbal and proof-reading skills.  
  • Very detail and deadline oriented.  
  • Extremely Customer focused with the desire & ability to work effectively and compassionately with clients in low income levels facing social, economic, and legal issues who have limited access to services to assist them. 
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement and complete majority of tasks independently.
  • Ability to work in and contribute effectively to a team environment
  • Extensive knowledge of legal documents, procedures and terminology.
  • Extensive knowledge of legal case management systems and accurately tracking and processing legal case data using these systems. 
  • High level of Business writing skills
  • Complaint/Objection handling skills
  • Stress management skills
  • Telephone etiquette skills
  • Conflict management skills
  • Assertiveness skills

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience at a nonprofit a plus
  • Florida Registered Paralegal (FRP) through The Florida Bar. 

Compensation

  • Depends upon experience, excellent benefits and reimbursement for mileage.

How to Apply

  • Send resume and cover letter to recruiting@bals.org with the subject line, "Paralegal II-Advocates For Basic Legal Equality". Include where you found for this position (ex: bals.org, LinkedIn, Indeed, etc.).

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Still have questions?

If you live or have a case in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas or Sarasota counties, we may be able to help.

How do I apply? Am I eligible?

Call (800) 625-2257

to apply for service.

Or complete our online application

and we will call you back.