Children’s Rights is seeking a full-time, entry-level paralegal to join an active litigation program committed to reforming child welfare services for children in state custody. Children’s Rights is a national non-profit organization that uses the law to bring about meaningful reform in government child welfare agencies that provide foster care, adoptive, and child protective services. Responsibilities of the paralegal position include conducting legal research, providing support to attorneys in case management, managing case press, and collaborating on case-specific projects.

Applicants should be able to start in the summer and must be prepared to make a two-year commitment to the position.


•Candidates must have outstanding organizational, writing, interpersonal and communication skills; be proactive in their approach to professional duties; have a team-oriented mindset and strong work ethic; be flexible and willing to work simultaneously on a wide range of tasks and projects; and be able to build and maintain relationships with a wide arrange of people with diverse backgrounds and with staff on all levels of a complex organization.

•Exceptional computer and technical skills (including Microsoft Office) and the ability to multitask are required, as is a B.A. or a B.S. We will not consider applicants who hold a J.D. degree.

•Knowledge of children’s issues, social services, social justice, civil rights, LGBTQI issues, and/or juvenile justice is a plus. A commitment to reform on behalf of children is essential.


Salary for this position is $40,000. A full benefits package is provided.

To Apply:

Please submit the following: a cover letter, résumé, official or unofficial transcript and contact information for two professional or academic references via email to by March 31, 2017.
While emailed applications are preferred, you may also submit your application by postal mail or fax to Isabel Skilton, Children’s Rights, 88 Pine Street, Suite 800, New York, NY 10005; fax to 212-683-4015.

We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and plan to conduct interviews beginning immediately.

Due to the high volume of submissions, only applicants of interest will be contacted.

Children’s Rights is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and we encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQI and gender non-conforming people.