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The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office is seeking paralegals to provide trial support to prosecutors. Responsibilities may include case preparation, communication with victims and witnesses, compilation of statistics, maintenance of records and files, legal research, document review and production and coordination with outside agencies. The successful candidate will be organized, flexible and capable of working under pressure. Proficiency in Microsoft computer applications is desirable. A four year degree is required. The ability to develop and cultivate effective internal/external working relationships is essential, as is an understanding of the uniquely sensitive and confidential nature of the professional services provided by the Office. The District Attorney's Office provides an exciting alternative to employment at a private law firm. The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office hires paralegals year-round.
HIRING PROCESS
Resume review and candidate screening interviews are conducted by the Paralegal Hiring Committee. You will be notified by the Paralegal Hiring Coordinator if an interview has been granted. Thereafter, paralegals are hired from the available pool of qualified candidates to fill positions as they become open.
SALARY STRUCTURE
As of July 1, 2007 the starting salary for a paralegal is $33,390.
BENEFITS
Paralegals are eligible for an annual accrual of 15 sick, up to 10 vacation and 4 administrative leave days.

Additional Benefits available to qualified staff:

  • Participation in a qualified defined benefit pension plan;
  • Choice of medical insurance plans, including vision, prescription and dental coverage, which can be extended to spouse, dependents and domestic partners;
  • Term life and accidental death and dismemberment (ADD) policies;
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP);
  • Optional supplemental life and ADD policies, including options for salary continuation benefit for survivors and dependent life coverage;
  • Optional Aetna long term care insurance;
  • Optional deferred compensation plan for retirement;
  • Other options:
    • Direct deposit
    • Membership in credit union
    • Health club membership discounts
    • Before tax commuter program
    • Health care flexible spending accounts
    • Dependent care flexible spending accounts
    • Sick leave bonuses and exchanges

HOW TO APPLY
Email your resume and cover letter to da.paralegals.hire@phila.gov.
PARALEGAL HIRING FAQ'S

Where do I send my cover letter and resume?
Resumes and cover letters should be sent to:

The District Attorney's Office
Three South Penn Square
Philadelphia , PA 19107
Attn: Paralegal Hiring Coordinator

What are the educational requirements to apply for a paralegal position?
All paralegal applicants are required to have at least a bachelors degree in any area of study.

What is the hiring process for paralegals?
Applicants submit a cover letter and resume to the Office, which serves as an application for a paralegal position. Resume review and candidate screening interviews are conducted by the Paralegal Hiring Committee. You will be notified by the Paralegal Hiring Coordinator if an interview has been granted. Thereafter, paralegals are hired from the available pool of qualified candidates to fill positions as they become open.

Is there an application deadline for paralegal positions?
No. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

How long will my application stay on file?
Applications will be active for one year from the date of receipt by the Office.

How long is the paralegal hiring process?
This is a difficult question to answer. The needs and resources of the Office dictate the number of openings. At times the process can take a little as one month from application to start of employment, while in some cases it can take several months.

If I still have questions, whom should I contact?
Email all questions to da.paralegals.hire@phila.gov.

The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, religion, age or disability.