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Career Opportunity Details

Legal Secretary
Location: Joliet
Hours: full-time

Prairie State Legal Services is a not-for-profit legal aid organization that provides civil legal aid services to the poor, elderly, and people with disabilities. Prairie State has 12 offices serving 36 counties throughout northern and central Illinois. Prairie State focuses services on legal problems that impact the ability of our clients to meet their basic human needs, including physical safety, access to healthcare, adequate housing, and similar needs. It is the only legal aid organization in the majority of its service area. Annually, Prairie State handles over 22,000 applications for legal help and serves over 16,000 clients. We pride ourselves on fostering a work environment that is motivating, collaborative, and fun, with plenty of opportunities for professional growth.

Job Description

This is a full-time position (37.5 hours/week). The secretary will participate in a full range of office duties in a fast-paced environment including daily typing, drafting legal pleadings, filing, photocopying, answering the phone, conducting initial intake, orderly maintenance of cases and form files, greeting clients/guests, generating case reports as needed, and other clerical duties. This position is not a paralegal position.


Interest in and commitment to assisting low-income individuals in the resolution of their legal problems. Successful candidate must have strong computer skills and general office experience, legal experience preferred. Spanish-speaking is preferred. 

Salary and Benefits

Salary range: $29,000-$32,500, depending on experience. Excellent benefit package includes health and dental coverage, with a modest employee co-pay; liberal health and vacation leave, and a 403(b) retirement savings plan with an employer match.

Application Details

Please indicate “Legal Secretary-Joliet” in the subject line and e-mail a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to:

  • Human Resources Director Jessica Hodierne at
  • Program Administrator Connie Peterson at

Resumes accepted until position is filled

Prairie State Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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