Juvenile Law Center advocates for rights, dignity, equity and opportunity for all youth in the child welfare and justice systems.  

Founded in 1975, Juvenile Law Center is the first non-profit, public interest law firm for children in the country. Through litigation, appellate advocacy and submission of amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs, policy reform, public education, training, consulting, and strategic communications, we fight for children who come into contact with the child welfare and justice systems. Widely published and internationally recognized as leaders in the field, Juvenile Law Center has substantially shaped the development of law and policy on behalf of youth. We strive to ensure that laws, policies, and practices affecting youth advance racial and economic equity and are rooted in research, consistent with children’s unique developmental characteristics, and reflective of international human rights values. Current issues can be found here.  


Juvenile Law Center is committed to advancing equity both internally and in our advocacy work. We recognize the urgency and necessity of actively building and supporting diverse leadership at Juvenile Law Center and in the field more broadly. We are committed to actively recruiting and hiring from communities most impacted by our work. Applicants working to advance equity and who identify with these impacted communities are strongly encouraged to apply and self-identify during the application process.  



Paralegals are an integral part of Juvenile Law Center’s legal team and advocacy strategy. The Paralegal is responsible for supporting the Senior Paralegal in all aspects of Juvenile Law Center’s work and will work across our project areas on amicus, appellate, and class action litigation in state and federal courts across the country. The work will include collaborating with legal and non-legal staff, colleagues, courts, and partners across a wide range of jurisdictions and prioritizing competing deadlines and assignments in a fast-paced and highly collaborative environment. The ideal candidate will have impeccable attention to detail and the ability to work both as a team and independently with minimal supervision. 

Essential Functions (include, but not limited to): 

  • Researches relevant appellate and local court rules governing the form, filing, and service of briefs, motions, and other pleadings 

  • Drafts professional, user-friendly, court-compliant brief templates for the legal team and to complete Juvenile Law Center’s brief bank 

  • Prepares legal documents, including motions, notices of appeal, and other pleadings for current litigation 

  • Cite checks and Bluebooks briefs and other legal documents 

  • Assists with brief production, including generating table of authorities and table of contents, binding, filing, and service 

  • Assembles binders of relevant materials to assist attorneys in oral argument or hearings as needed 

  • Travels to local Philadelphia courts as needed for in person filing or retrieval of court documents 

  • Maintains client files, including electronic and physical files (when necessary) 

  • Scans and organizes client files, incoming court mail, and discovery 

  • Assists with other litigation and legal administrative tasks as required  

  • Responds to incoming non-client legal mail as a part of the Information and Referral Team 

Other Duties: 

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 


Required Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelor's degree and Paralegal Certificate from an ABA approved program, or 2+ years of related work experience at a law firm or legal environment 

  • 1-3 years of related work experience at a law firm or legal environment 

  • Experience using Best Authority, SharePoint, CM/ECF and PACER preferred 

  • Previous experience with one of the following preferred: impact litigation or appellate advocacy 


Required Skills:  

  • Impeccable attention to detail and strong organizational skills 

  • Strong work ethic and commitment to see assignments completed thoroughly and timely 

  • Strong sense of professionalism, including ability to manage multiple deadlines 

  • Ability to work effectively, both collaboratively with internal colleagues; external partners; and court personnel 

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision 

  • Solid cite checking and Bluebooking skills 

  • Proficient use of Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat Pro, and Westlaw or Lexis 

  • Experience using CM/ECF, PACER, and/or state e-filing systems 

  • Strong research, writing, and oral communication skills 


Responsibility Level: 

The Paralegal reports to the Senior Paralegal. 


Work Environment: 

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, postage meters, and filing cabinets. 



Travel may include limited local travel during the business day. 



This is a full-time position. The salary is $40,000 - $45,000, commensurate with experience. Juvenile Law Center offers excellent health care and wellness benefits, disability insurance and life insurance. 


To Apply:  

Send cover letter describing interests and experience, a resume, list of three references and a writing sample in a single PDF to Preferably, the writing sample should demonstrate your legal citation skills. In your cover letter, please let us know how you heard of this position. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  


Statement on Diversity and Inclusion: 

Juvenile Law Center’s mission is to advocate for rights, dignity, equity, and opportunity in the child welfare and justice systems. The diversity of our staff is critical to fulfilling this mission. 

Juvenile Law Center is committed to cultivating an inclusive space that affirms and celebrates the backgrounds, learned and lived expertise, whole identities, and individual perspectives of our staff. We are committed to the diversity of our staff as it pertains to race, color, ethnicity, class, sex, marital or parental status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, size, disability, religion, national origin, and/or child welfare or juvenile or criminal justice involvement, including prior record of arrest, adjudication, or conviction. Applicants of all backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to self-identify during the application process. 


Juvenile Law Center is an equal opportunity employer.