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Temporary Paralegal
Location: Multiple
Hours: Part-Time & Full-Time

Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. 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. We focus 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. Prairie State is the only legal aid organization in the majority of our service area. Annually, we handle over 22,000 applications for legal help and serve over 16,000 clients.  

Job Description

Prairie State Legal Services has applied for grant funding to focus legal services on communities impacted by incarceration. We expect to receive notice of the decision on our application on or about January 1, 2020.  These positions are contingent on an award of funding.  If awarded, we intend to hire full-time temporary positions in our offices in Kankakee, Peoria, Waukegan and Rockford and a part-time position in St. Charles.

The Paralegal will assist project attorneys with providing legal services to low-income individuals to resolve legal problems primarily focused on criminal records relief and drivers’ license issues and assist project attorneys with other legal services for such clients.


Among other duties as assigned, the Paralegal will work under the supervision of attorneys:

  • Perform a high volume of document preparation and research, specifically related to charting criminal records so attorneys may evaluate criminal records relief options
  • Maintain contact with clients to provide information on the status of their cases
  • Type pleadings and correspondence for the project attorneys
  • Monitor case files to see that they contain all required documents
  • Generate and mail notices relating to court proceedings and matters to go on the court docket
  • Assist in coordination and execution of outreach clinics
  • Provide accurate and complete information for grant reporting to grant funders including documenting services in the case record
  • Assist project attorneys as directed.
  • Exhibit a high level of personal energy, organization, and commitment to the position and the PSLS mission

Salary and Benefits

These are temporary positions expected to last from January 13, 2020 to June 30, 2020. Full-time position regular schedule is 37.5 hours/week, part-time position regular schedule is 18.75 hours/week. Full-time paralegals will have paid holidays. PSLS will conduct training for temporary staff hired under this project and such training may require travel within a few hours of the office.  Travel costs are reimbursable.

Hiring will be done through Employment agencies specializing in temporary positions.


  • College degree or a diploma from a recognized training program for paralegals or significant relevant job or other experience
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member
  • Excellent oral/written communication and computer competency
  • Reliability a must

Application Details

We are accepting full-time applications for the following locations: Waukegan, Kankakee, Peoria, and Rockford. We are accepting part-time applications for St. Charles.

Questions may be directed to Director of Human Resources Jessica Hodierne at

Prairie State Legal Services is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. We will recruit, employ, pay, and promote qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or any other legally protected status.

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