Job Opportunities

Thank you for considering employment with the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic. We are currently seeking an Immigration Staff Attorney, an Immigration Practice Assistant and an Administrative Assistant.  Find more information on these opportunities below.

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, Immigration 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 who joins our Immigration Law Practice team will be expected to assume the following responsibilities:  

  • Provide direct representation on complex cases (Asylum, U Visa, VAWA, Removal Defense, SIJS and TPS); 
  • Collaborate with and provide legal advice to pro bono attorneys and DOJ accredited representatives on their immigration law caseload; 
  • Work with Director of Immigration Law Practice on developing and maintaining training standards and materials for all immigration staff; 
  • Monitor changes to immigration law, regulations, and policy; 
  • Prepare for significant changes in immigration law and their impact on client services; 
  • Represent NSLAC at community functions, and at other events as requested; 
  • Conduct Know Your Rights presentations and Emergency Toolkit (Action Plan) workshops; 
  • Supervise intakes at off-site Immigration Clinics at NSLAC’s partnering suburban organizations; 
  • Perform other responsibilities needed to ensure NSLAC team’s success. 

Qualifications/Skills: 

  • J.D. degree required; 
  • Authorized to Practice law in IL or other jurisdiction;  
  • 1-4 years in an immigration law practice; 
  • Immigration Court experience preferred; 
  • Fluency in Spanish or a second language is required; 
  • 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 range: $60,000-$70,000 depending on experience. Generous vacation policy. Health, dental, vision, life insurance, and 401(k) provided. 

Interested candidates should submit their resume with the cover letter to info@nslegalaid.org 

NSLAC is an equal-opportunity employer. 

 

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. 

We are looking for a Practice Assistant to join our Immigration Law Practice. The person who joins our Immigration team will be expected to assume the following responsibilities:  

  • Perform factual and legal research and regularly monitor developments in immigration law and procedure; 
  • Work with attorneys, law clerks and DOJ accredited representatives to prepare forms for various case types, namely citizenship and naturalization, DACA, family petitions, consular processing, adjustment of status, U-visa, and VAWA, asylum, and removal defense cases; 
  • 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 citizenship and/or DACA 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: 

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish or English/Second Language) required; 
  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree; 
  • Demonstrated strong interest in learning immigration law and working with immigrant communities; 
  • 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 range: $42,000-$45,000 depending on experience. Generous vacation policy. Health, dental, vision, life insurance, and 401(k) provided. 

Interested candidates should submit their resume with the cover letter to info@nslegalaid.org 

NSLAC is an equal opportunity employer. 

 

Administrative 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 Administrative Assistant will be a critical part of our team and will be expected to assume the following responsibilities: 

  • Providing full administrative support to Executive Director, Director of Operations, and law practice areas (if needed); 
  • Coordinating special projects with a keen attention to detail and a particular focus on meeting deadlines; 
  • Completing preparatory documents for meetings and events; 
  • Preparing reimbursement and grant reports for funders; 
  • Drafting correspondence that might include confidential matters; 
  • Assisting Client Services operations by responding to callers and NSLAC clients contacting the Clinic, and interview applicants by phone to determine client eligibility for services; 
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned. 

Qualifications/Skills: 

  • Associate degree required; Bachelor’s degree preferred; 
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) required; 
  • Previous experience or strong interest in working in the nonprofit sector; 
  • Excellent oral/written communication, organization, and research skills are required; 
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel and Word, and ability to learn new software applications; 
  • Ability to work independently on projects from conception to completion; 
  • Ability to work under pressure to handle a wide variety of activities and confidential matters with discretion; 
  • A demonstrated team-player with exemplary interpersonal skills in collaborating and communicating with others; 
  • Positive attitude, cultural sensitivity, and strong professional work-ethic; 

Salary range: $42,000-$45,000 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 

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.