The New York City Bar Association (City Bar), founded in 1870, is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students. The City Bar's mission is to equip and mobilize the legal profession to practice with excellence, promote reform of the law, and uphold the rule of law and access to justice in support of a fair society and the public interest in our community, our nation, and throughout the world.

The Position:
Do you enjoy finding ways to help others who need legal assistance, but would rather not continue working after your general workday is done? Would you like to work remotely from your home 100% of the time (except, possibly, for a few meetings per year)? If so, this job's for you!

We are in the business of public service. For more than 70 years, we have made it our mission to help individuals and businesses find the right lawyer to meet their legal needs. Established in 1946, the New York City Bar Legal Referral Service (LRS) is the oldest lawyer referral service in New York State, and the first one in New York City approved by the American Bar Association.

Will consider full-time or part-time candidates for this opportunity. Candidates must be eligible to work in the U.S, must be admitted to practice law (New York State preferred) and must live in New York (or an adjacent state) within reasonable travelling distance by ground transportation for in-person meetings at the City Bar.

Areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:
  • Respond to high volume of calls and emails from the general public
  • Triage legal issues and direct clients to participating lawyers and other legal resources
  • Provide basic legal information to the public
  • Other duties, including legal research, public relations, marketing and public outreach, as assigned

  • J.D. from an accredited law school
  • Admitted to practice law, preferably in New York State
  • General knowledge of New York law
  • At least one year of experience in civil law -- such as landlord/tenant law, labor/employment, family law, tort/negligence, workers comp, wills/trusts/estates, immigration, etc. – in a clinical, legal services, government or private law office environment preferred
  • Excellent phone manner, customer service and written/verbal communication skills
  • Experience managing challenging people preferred
  • Ability to stay calm in stressful situations
  • Strong PC skills, including Microsoft Office

Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. We are not able to sponsor visas for this position.

Starting salary will be $55,000 - $60,000 (annualized) for full-time employment (generally working based on a 35 hours/week) or prorated based on general work schedule.

We provide a competitive benefits package, for full-time employees, including generous paid time off (vacation, personal, sick time, holidays including closing between Christmas and New Year's day, day off each year for volunteer work, extra time off in summer), choice of medical plans, dental, vision, 401K, life insurance, Employee Assistance Program, short-term/long-term disability insurance, employee discounts, complimentary City Bar membership/many CLE programs/ City Bar events, and reimbursement of OCA registration fees. Part-time employees eligible for limited benefits package.

How to Apply:
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter explaining your interest along with resume In your cover letter, please be sure to include the following in brief: a list of the three areas of law in which you have the most knowledge, experience, etc.; for each area you listed, please state how many years you have practiced, advised, etc., in that area of law, and; for each of the three areas you listed, please describe the context in which you gained that experience, knowledge, etc. (e.g., private practice, in-house counsel, government staff lawyer, legal service organization, etc.).