I have been working at Legal Aid Society full-time (More than a year)
Great co-workers. I am given a lot of responsibility and am able to learn a lot of new things. The work can be very rewarding. The paralegals are a part of the 1199 union, so I get a free monthly metro card, free health insurance, job protections. It's a good place to be given a lot of hands-on experience before applying for law school or you could spend an entire career here with the union support.
Caseloads can get pretty large and the subject matter is often difficult and stressful. The clients themselves can be frustrating and dealing with the courts and government agencies is infuriating. Pay could be higher. Lawyers don't always make the best managers or administrators.
Advice to Management
Provide better support for all staff, including paralegals and social workers. Be more transparent about the decisions that get made that affect everyone else. Provide training for supervising staff.
I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Legal Aid Society (New York, NY).
I would describe it in three parts. Part 1 preliminary questions about your interests, law school activities, writing sample, etc.
Part 2. Questions about the summation simulation, spefically what if any additional information you might need and how might you advise your client under various hypothetical circumstances.
Part 3. Delivering a closing argument based on the facts in the summation simulation.
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