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Criminal Defense Practice Entry Level Staff Attorney - Fall 2021

New York, NY
Full Time
Practice Areas: Criminal Job #: 20-106 Exp.: 0 - 3 Years
Job Description
The Legal Aid Society, the nation's oldest and largest social justice legal services organization, is seeking dedicated and passionate entry-level Staff Attorneys in the Criminal Defense Practice for our trial offices in the five boroughs of New York City. The Criminal Defense Practice is the primary public defender in New York City, providing holistic, client-centered representation to over 200,000 people facing misdemeanor, felony, and homicide charges. Staff Attorneys will provide zealous advocacy and handle all aspects of criminal defense from arraignment through trial.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Attorneys are responsible for: client counseling, preparing motions, plea negotiations, directing investigations, interviewing witnesses, advising clients of collateral consequences, referring cases for social work intervention and mitigation, preparing for and conducting hearings and trials, and handling all representation and proceedings in Criminal Court and Supreme Court related to their clients' criminal cases.
  • Handle ancillary proceedings related to the criminal cases.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Manhattan - Legal Aid Society Headquarters

  • Be admitted to the New York State Bar or law school graduate eligible to practice under
  • The Legal Aid Society's Practice Order
  • Have relevant clinical program or comparable work experience
  • Have knowledge of the law of evidence, criminal and constitutional law, statutory interpretation, and ethical principles contained in the Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to indigent defense and/or public interest law
  • A demonstrated commitment to, and interest in, serving racially- and socioeconomically- oppressed communities
  • The ability to work collegially and collaboratively with all members of the staff
  • Applicants with more than three years of experience as a practicing attorney are not eligible for this posting

Bar examination and employment eligibility requirements for entry-level positions
You must sit for the first New York State bar examination scheduled after your graduation date. Thus, to remain eligible for our Fall 2021 class:
  • If your graduation date is September 2020, December 2020, or January 2021, you must sit for the next available New York State bar examination.
  • If your graduation date is May or June 2021, you must sit for the next available examination.
  • If you have not already taken the MPRE examination before your graduation, you must also sit for the next available MPRE examination after your graduation date.
  • If you do not pass either examination on the first sitting, you must sign up for and take the next available exam.
  • At the time you are hired, you must be eligible to work lawfully in the United States.

Closing Date: 3rd October, 2020

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