CAIR San Francisco Bay Area is recruiting a full-time Paralegal to provide administrative and substantive support to our civil rights and immigration teams. The Paralegal will be an integral part of our growing civil rights and immigration team and will be responsible for a wide range of programmatic and administrative tasks to support and advance our litigation, advocacy, and public education efforts.

Title: Paralegal

Reports to: Managing Attorney

Schedule Type: Full-time (Non-exempt). Occasional evenings and weekends required.

Location: Based in CAIR’s Santa Clara office. CAIR staff are currently working a hybrid schedule, with three days in-person and two days remote. Requires some travel throughout the Bay Area (vehicle and driver’s license required).

Practice Areas: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties (Religious Freedom), Employment, Immigration, National Security & Law Enforcement Practices, Public Accommodations, Prisoners’ Rights, School Issues, Hate Crimes/Incidents


  • Providing legal administrative support to attorneys including case data analysis and input, legal filings, document filings, mailing, scanning, copying, and other related tasks
  • Conducting legal intakes, interviews, follow-ups, and responses; summarizing intake substance, and presenting recommendations for future action or referral
  • Preparing retainers, FOIAs, DHS TRIP, and immigration applications for clients, under attorney supervision
  • Assisting on assigned litigation efforts, including preparing pleadings, motions, and briefs before federal, state, and immigration courts
  • Performing legal research using computerized data base, online resources, and legal materials and drafting memoranda regarding the legal research
  • Communicating with clients and their families regarding upcoming hearings, biometric appointments, and office meetings
  • Maintaining the organization of the case management system of the legal services department
  • Maintaining calendar system for deadlines and timely filing of extensions, pleadings, petitions, and applications
  • Perform administrative duties within the legal services department including answering phones, setting up appointments, collecting fees, scanning and routing incoming mail, mailing case filings, and mailing larger mailing projects
  • Pursue Department of Justice (DOJ) Accreditation

Other duties as assigned, dependent on organizational needs and employee skills. All CAIR staff are required to assist in general duties such as answering phones, weekly outreach, and other office tasks.



  • At least one to three years of experience in a law firm or legal nonprofit
  • At least one to two years of experience working with clients, customers, etc.
  • Eligible for Department of Justice (DOJ) accreditation
  • Strong time management skills with a demonstrated ability for meeting deadlines
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills with outstanding attention to detail
  • Comfort working productively in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including public speaking experience
  • Experience working with people from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Access to a working vehicle and the ability to drive throughout the greater Bay Area
  • High degree of self-motivation and creativity
  • A strong commitment to civil rights and CAIR’s mission
  • Basic computer proficiency including knowledge of MS Office, MS Outlook, Adobe Acrobat, and LexisNexis
  • Knowledge of cloud applications such as SharePoint and Office365


  • Arabic, Farsi, or Urdu proficiency
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Paralegal training or certification
  • Experience working with non-profit organizations
  • Experience in the area of civil rights/employment
  • Experience in the area of immigration


  • Compensation in the range of $56,000-$67,500/annually, commensurate with experience
  • Fully paid Kaiser Health Insurance and Blue Cross PPO Dental Plan for employee and dependents
  • 3% retirement matching contribution
  • 10 paid holidays, 10 sick days, and 12 vacation days


Please send (1) a cover letter discussing your interest in the position, (2) your resume, (3) a brief example of your writing, and (4) the names and contact information of three references, using the link below.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Incomplete applications will not be considered or reviewed.

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