Career Opportunities & Internships

MALDEF offers challenging and rewarding employment opportunities for qualified individuals who are ready and willing to work hard. The following is a list of our current openings. All positions are available immediately and will remain open until filled. Download the job announcement for full description.

Legal Secretary - Los Angeles, CA

Job Responsibilities: Responsible for preparing legal documents for filing with state or federal court and for service on opposing counsel/parties using word processing software (MS Word and WordPerfect) and for maintaining pleading/brief dockets, correspondence files, and related files for cases in litigation or under investigation by attorneys in regional office; maintains office calendar and tickler system for important court dates, deadlines, and other appointments; prepares and/or finalizes business correspondence, memoranda, and other documents for mailing and/or other distribution; prepares exhibits for use at trial, in a hearing, or as attachments to documents/briefs; collates, numbers, sorts, and files documents and other materials produced by or for opposing party in discovery; drafts simple correspondence and memoranda; prepares expense forms and check requests for attorneys; types, collates, and when necessary, calculates attorney hours for recovery of fees from opposing party; answers telephones and completes business telephone calls to confirm appointments and court appearances; and serves as receptionist.

Qualifications and Experience: The successful candidate will have two (2) years experience performing secretarial or clerical tasks in professional office environment. Law office experience highly preferred. The successful candidate will have basic knowledge of legal terminology and basic understanding of court system and legal documents; knowledge of general organization of pleading/brief dockets and legal correspondence files; basic knowledge of format and content of tables of authorities and contents, pleadings, declarations, and proofs of service; excellent computer skills, especially word processing, spreadsheets, and Internet. Knowledge of WordPerfect, MSWord, Adobe Acrobat and the Internet; knowledge of proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling sufficient to proofread legal work and to compose simple correspondence; ability to read and understand courts rules and procedures sufficient to prepare and format documents for filing; skill in typing and word processing at a minimum of 50 wpm; knowledge of both legal and general office procedures and routines. Candidates must be able to communicate fluently in both English and Spanish, including the ability to speak, read, write, understand, and translate from one language to the other.

Compensation: $29,000 - $35,000 per year commensurate with experience. MALDEF offers a generous benefits package.Download full job announcement. Posted 2/13/15.


MALDEF offers valuable internship opportunities for dedicated individuals who want to get involved in MALDEF's litigation, public policy, and community advocacy work. Law students are encouraged to apply for the competitive Law Clerk Summer Internship program. There are also internship opportunities available with the Parent School Partnership (PSP) program.

Legal Intern - Los Angeles, CA , Chicago, IL, San Antonio, TX, Washington, D.C.

Policy Intern - Los Angeles, CA , Sacramento, CA, Chicago, IL, San Antonio, TX, Washington, D.C.

Application Materials & Procedure

Please submit your cover letter, resume and 3 to 5 page writing sample by email or U.S. Mail. Electronic documents should be in .doc, .rtf, .txt, or .pdf format. Emails should include Your Full Name - Job Location, Job Title in the subject line. A separate application package is required for each position for which you wish to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Attn: Human Resources
634 S. Spring Street, 11th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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