Civil Practice Law Graduate, Housing Justice – Tenant Defense – Fall 2024

Job Description
The Legal Aid Society’s Civil Practice has Law Graduate positions available in the Housing Justice Unit – Tenant Defense for Fall 2024.  While awaiting New York Bar admission, Law Graduates will work closely with a Housing Supervisor and within the parameters of the LAS Practice Order.  Tenant Defense handles a broad range of individual and group tenant representation at the trial and appellate levels, including holdovers, nonpayment proceedings, administrative hearings, and affirmative litigation in state and federal courts.  The Unit also works with tenant associations, tenant organizers, community-based organizations, partner legal services agencies, and pro bonoattorneys.



  • Client representation and advocacy with city, state, and federal agencies and in court proceedings, administrative hearings, and affirmative litigation.
  • Conduct regular courthouse-based and off-site intake, possibly including during evening hours.
  • Provide training, community outreach, and education to individuals, local community-based organizations, and housing advocates.
  • Advocate for policy changes before legislative, administrative, and judicial bodies to advance the interests of clients.
  • Represent and promote the work of the office, the Civil Practice, and The Legal Aid Society in the community
  • Work collaboratively with other organizations, pro bono lawyers, and partners
  • Maintain a full caseload of clients
  • Some weekend and night advocacy may be necessary
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Documents
Please submit these documents as a single combined PDF when you apply via the LAS (Legal Aid Society) Recruitment Portal.

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Transcript and Writing Sample

Deadline: Open Until Filled, Unless Date Is Posted Below (Deadline is 11:59 PM EST For Date Listed)

Location: Citywide


  • Current 3L students sitting for the New York Bar Exam in July 2024 or its equivalent
  • Those participating in post-graduate Fellowships or Clerkships who took the first available bar exam are eligible to apply
  • Winter 2023 graduates sitting for the first available New York Bar Exam or its equivalent are also eligible
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving historically excluded communities and identifying how race, gender, class and intersectionality impact client outcomes
  • Relevant clinical program, internship, or work experience preferred
  • Excellent written, analytical, organizational, and oral advocacy skills are required
  • Applicants must be creative, flexible, and highly motivated
  • Applicants must have the ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively, and manage a high volume of cases
  • Proficiency in languages other than English is desirable, but not required

You are only eligible for employment if you take the first Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) immediately after graduation and pass either that exam or the one immediately following.  You must also take and pass the New York Law Exam (NYLE) and the Multi-State Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE), if you have not already done so.  We request and strongly encourage you to sit for the first NYLE immediately after graduation, as this will expedite your admission to practice law in New York State.  That said, you are permitted to take the NYLE up to one year before or at any time after sitting for the UBE, subject to the application filing deadline in Section 520.12(d) of the Rules of the Court of Appeals for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law, which requires an applicant for admission to practice law in New York State to file a complete application within three years from the date when the applicant sits for the second day of the UBE

EXAM POLICY: The Legal Aid Society is committed to creating a supportive environment. If a Law Graduate does not pass either exam, they will be afforded an opportunity to retake the next available exam



The posting reflects the range of potential salaries for the role.  The specific salary offers will be dependent on candidate qualifications, including collectively bargained salary steps for unionized roles.

Salary Range/ Salary: $75,345 to $79,591



The leadership of The Legal Aid Society believes in attracting and retaining exceptional talent committed to serving our clients. We offer a generous benefits package including health insurance, paid vacation, disability, and life insurance, and more. Salaries for our unionized jobs are governed by our Collective Bargaining Agreement. Please visit our Careers page for additional information. Salary and benefits information will be available to applicants, when and if, an offer is made.



The Legal Aid Society is a qualified employer for the purposes of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness. This position allows an employee to take advantage of PSLF and other State and Federal loan forgiveness programs.

Additionally, employees who are New York residents may be eligible for assistance from New York state to assist with loan repayments, depending on years of practice.



The leadership of The Legal Aid Society is committed to a work culture of zealous advocacy, respect, diversity and inclusion, client-oriented defense, access to justice and excellent representation. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.



All applications must be completed online. We do not accept paper submissions. Please visit our Careers Page to review all current job postings, and instructions on the application process. For technical difficulties or questions regarding this posting, please email

As an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer, The Legal Aid Society prohibits discriminatory employment actions against and treatment of its employees and applicants for employment based on actual or perceived race or color, size (including bone structure, body size, height, shape, and weight), religion or creed, alienage or citizenship status, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity (one’s internal deeply-held sense of one’s gender which may be the same or different from one’s sex assigned at birth); gender expression (the representation of gender as expressed through, for example, one’s name, choice of pronouns, clothing, haircut, behavior, voice, or body characteristics; gender expression may not conform to traditional gender-based stereotypes assigned to specific gender identities), disability, marital status, relationship and family structure (including domestic partnerships, polyamorous families and individuals, chosen family, platonic co-parents, and multigenerational families), genetic information or predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, arrest or pre-employment conviction record, credit history, unemployment status, caregiver status, salary history, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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