Job Opportunities

Thank you for considering employment with the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic. We are currently seeking a Housing Staff Attorney, a Domestic Violence Social Worker, a Housing Practice Assistant and an Immigration Practice Assistant. The mission of the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic (NSLAC) is to provide accessible, quality, equitable, free legal services in the areas of domestic violence, housing, and immigration to give low-income, at-risk community members access to justice and the opportunity to live productive and secure lives. 

NSLAC is an 8-year-old dynamic nonprofit with a collaborative culture and the goal of becoming the model legal aid organization focused on suburban communities. NSLAC is an equal opportunity employer.

Staff Attorney, Housing Law Practice

The mission of the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic (NSLAC) is to provide accessible, quality, equitable, free legal services in the areas of domestic violence, housing, and immigration to give low-income, at-risk community members access to justice and the opportunity to live productive and secure lives. NSLAC is an 8-year-old dynamic nonprofit with a collaborative culture and the goal of becoming the model legal aid organization focused on suburban communities.

The Staff Attorney for the Housing Law Practice will be expected to assume the following responsibilities:

  • Provide direct representation to low-income renters in housing cases including evictions, terminations from subsidized housing, conditions issues, lease disputes, and illegal lockouts;
  • Cover cases at the Skokie, Rolling Meadows, and Waukegan courthouses;
  • Assist with off-site legal clinics in the community;
  • Conduct Know Your Rights presentations and workshops for the community on housing law related topics;
  • Supervise and train law and undergraduate interns;
  • Collaborate with the Domestic Violence Law Practice and Immigration Law Practice teams ensuring a holistic approach to client matters;
  • Perform other responsibilities needed to ensure NSLAC team’s success.

Qualifications/Skills:

  • D. degree and Illinois law license required;
  • Understanding of the NSLAC’s public interest law/nonprofit mission;
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred;
  • A demonstrated team-player with exemplary interpersonal skills in collaborating and communicating with others;
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to work independently and manage own caseload;
  • Ability to succeed in a fast-paced nonprofit start-up environment.

Salary: $63,500-75,000 commensurate with experience. Generous vacation policy. Health, dental, vision, life insurance, and 401(k) provided.

Interested candidates should apply by emailing their resume and a cover letter to info@nslegalaid.org

NSLAC is an equal opportunity employer.

Domestic Violence Social Worker 

The mission of the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic (NSLAC) is to provide accessible, quality, equitable, free legal services in the areas of domestic violence, housing, and immigration to give low-income, at-risk community members access to justice and the opportunity to live productive and secure lives. NSLAC is an 8-year-old dynamic nonprofit with a collaborative culture and the goal of becoming the model legal aid organization focused on suburban communities. 

The Domestic Violence Social Worker will join NSLAC’s Domestic Violence Law Practice to assist clients in need of additional services, support, and access to resources. 

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Consult with NSLAC attorneys and staff to assess what resources are needed to help resolve a client’s domestic violence-related needs 
  • Link clients to appropriate social services such as state benefits, housing resources, mental health services, employment assistance, etc. 
  • Provide emergency support and/or safety planning to clients in crisis 
  • Advocate for and support NSLAC clients’ interactions with other social service agencies 
  • Develop and maintain community relationships with other social service agencies and build a database of referrals 
  • Participate in community outreach and education to broaden and deepen NSLAC’s service territory 
  • Accompany attorneys to intakes and court appearances with clients and provide brief counseling as necessary. 
  • Collaborate with social work staff from the Immigration Law Practice and Housing Law Practice 
  • Coordinate and assist in conducting in-house training and education for staff on mental health, social work and other issues as needed 
  • Supervise social work students 
  • Assist with grant reporting 

Qualifications/Skills: 

  • Master’s degree in Social Work preferred; 
  • License in social work (LSW/LCSW) preferred; 
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred; 
  • Training or experience working with victims and/or survivors of trauma and domestic violence preferred; 
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds;  
  • Understanding and commitment to NSLAC’s holistic legal services mission; 
  • A demonstrated team-player with exemplary interpersonal skills in collaborating and communicating with others. 

Salary and benefits: $52,000-$60,000 depending on experience. Generous vacation policy. 401k Plan and health insurance provided. 

To apply:  Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter to info@nslegalaid.org. 

NSLAC is an equal opportunity employer. 

Housing Law Practice Assistant 

The mission of the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic (NSLAC) is to provide accessible, quality, equitable, free legal services in the areas of domestic violence, housing, and immigration to give low-income, at-risk community members access to justice and the opportunity to live productive and secure lives.  

NSLAC is an 8-year-old dynamic nonprofit with a collaborative culture and the goal of becoming the model legal aid organization focused on suburban communities. 

The Practice Assistant joining our Housing Law Practice will be expected to assume the following responsibilities: 

  • Assist attorneys with preparing documents and exhibits and efiling. 
  • Maintain client information in case management database. 
  • Communicate with clients to obtain case documents and to get required paperwork completed. 
  • Provide administrative support to the Housing team including mailing, copying, and scanning. 
  • Drop off courtesy copies to the courthouses. 
  • Assist with grant reporting. 
  • Interpret for attorneys and social worker and translate documents and communications between clients and staff. 
  • Perform other responsibilities needed to ensure the Housing Law Practice’s success. 

 Qualifications/Skills: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree. 
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) is required. 
  • Experience providing administrative support. 
  • Previous work experience in social service or legal environment preferred. 
  • A demonstrated team-player with exemplary interpersonal skills in collaborating and communicating with others. 

Salary & Benefits:  $45,000—$52,000 depending on experience. Generous vacation policy. Health, dental, vision, life insurance, and 401(k) provided. 

Interested candidates should apply by emailing their resume and a cover letter to info@nslegalaid.org. 

The North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic (NSLAC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NSLAC’s non-discrimination policy applies to all employees, prospective employees, volunteers, clients, and contractors. NSLAC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy related conditions, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service, or other protected status. 

Immigration Practice Assistant  

The mission of the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic (NSLAC) is to provide accessible, quality, equitable, free legal services in the areas of domestic violence, housing, and immigration to give low-income, at-risk community members access to justice and the opportunity to live productive and secure lives. NSLAC is an 8-year-old dynamic nonprofit with a collaborative culture and the goal of becoming the model legal aid organization focused on suburban communities. 

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Work with attorneys, DOJ accredited reps and other staff to prepare forms for various types of cases, U visa, Asylum, TPS, re-parole requests, family petitions, adjustment of status, and other types of immigration relief;  
  • Travel and work at weekly off-site clinics;  
  • Perform factual and legal research and regularly monitor developments in immigration law and procedure; 
  • Assist in case management of immigration applicants including but not limited to maintaining client files, drafting cover letters, preparing application packets, reviewing case files; 
  • Follow up on pending case work and maintain communication with clients via phone, email, or mail regarding missing documentation necessary for submission of application; 
  • Provide workshop preparation prior to workshops and logistical support during workshops, when applicable; 
  • Participate in on-going immigration trainings and other professional development; 
  • Represent NSLAC at community functions, and at other events as requested; 
  • Perform other responsibilities needed to ensure NSLAC team’s success. 

Qualifications/Skills: 

  • Must be fluent in a second language (Spanish or Ukrainian)   
  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree; 
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience as an immigration paralegal or assistant handling naturalization, DACA, family petitions, consular processing, adjustment of status, U-visa, and VAWA. Familiarity with filing requirements for EOIR, BIA, and USCIS; 
  • Additional experience with Removal/Deportation, SIJS, U visa certification and Asylum; 
  • Ability to work independently as well as with people of diverse cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds; 
  • Willingness to work flexible hours as needed—mostly Monday-Friday. Some evenings and weekends may be required; 
  • Access to a car, valid driver’s license and insurance, and ability to travel within the Chicago northern suburbs; 
  • A demonstrated team-player with exemplary interpersonal skills in collaborating and communicating with others; 
  • Ability to succeed in a fast-paced nonprofit start-up environment. 

Salary and benefits: $45,000-$52,000 depending on experience. Generous vacation policy. 401k Plan and health insurance provided. 

To apply:  Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter to info@nslegalaid.org. 

NSLAC is an equal opportunity employer. 

Non-Discrimination Policy

The North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic (NSLAC) non-discrimination policy applies to all employees, prospective employees, volunteers, clients, and contractors. NSLAC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy related conditions, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service, or other protected status.