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The MacArthur Justice Center seeks a highly motivated person to serve as an Appellate Paralegal in its Washington, D.C. office. The MacArthur Justice Center is a public interest law firm that litigates high-impact civil rights and systemic reform cases in courts around the country. MJC’s Appellate Project seeks to advance criminal and social justice, with a focus on appellate litigation before the Supreme Court of the United States, the federal courts of appeal, and state courts of appeal.

The Appellate Paralegal position is an exciting opportunity to be part of this important effort. The successful candidate will perform a range of duties to support the Appellate Project’s work. He or she will work closely with the Project’s Operations Manager/Appellate Research Specialist to manage both the administrative and research-support components of this position.

Applicants should be prepared to commit to this position for at least two years, and would ideally continue longer. The successful candidate must be available to work full-time (40 hours per week), and should have the flexibility to work outside of normal business hours on occasion.


  • BA required. Advanced degree such as MA, MSW, or Paralegal Certificate preferred;
  • Energetic self-starter with a desire to make change in the justice system across the country;
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to follow-through on assignments independently, to manage several projects at once, and to be flexible in the event of changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills;
  • A close (if not obsessive) attention to detail and a commitment to completing tasks quickly and thoroughly;
  • Ability to work creatively and effectively as part of a team to develop new legal initiatives;
  • Experience using computer systems and databases and willingness to learn internal programs;
  • A strong interest in learning about the workings of the U.S. Supreme Court and other appellate courts;
  • Prior experience related to criminal justice, the Supreme Court, or other exposure to the legal system is a plus.


The Appellate Paralegal should be willing to manage a wide range of responsibilities, in both an administrative capacity and in support of the office’s advocacy/litigation efforts.

Administrative Responsibilities Include:

  • Serving as public relations and community liaison by answering phones and otherwise communicating with persons seeking assistance or information about the firm;
  • Corresponding as needed with clients and others by email or letter;
  • Maintaining discretion and awareness of professional responsibility to clients and confidential matters;
  • Administrative work for the attorney who manages the D.C. office, including coordinating the payment of invoices, the reimbursement of attorney expenses, and attorney scheduling/travel;
  • Maintaining office equipment including copier and facsimile machines.

Advocacy/Litigation-Support Responsibilities Include:

  • Coordinating and proofing Supreme Court and other appellate court filings.
  • Paralegal tasks, including drafting simple legal documents, checking citations for accuracy and formatting, and light legal research;
  • Formatting briefs, appendices, and exhibits according to court rules;
  • Conducting research of case law, social science, and other areas as needed, and drafting detailed memoranda communicating the results of such research;
  • Systematically tracking criminal justice issues that are determined to be the office’s priorities;
  • Assisting with the preparation for oral arguments in court.
  • Assisting with social media, website, and other public relations needs;

Location: Washington, D.C.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but MJC seeks to fill this position as soon as possible.

The salary is competitive and includes an excellent benefits package. 

The MacArthur Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, disability, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity.


To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and two references by e-mail to


4-year degree