Self-Help Attorney
Compton, CA Self-Help
Job Type

The Self-Help Center Staff attorney supervises/oversees staff paralegals, JusticeCorps fellows and interns, law student and paralegal interns and volunteers, and other volunteers who provide legal information and education to self-represented litigants to allow them to select and prepare the legal forms and documents that they will need to gain access to the California court systems.


The Self-Help staff attorney will be supervising a high volume information and education clinic located within the Compton Superior Court, with expectations of assisting as many as 70 or more litigants each day. This full-time exempt position reports to the Supervising  Attorney. The Self-Help Center Staff attorney is required to be onsite currently two days a week but this is subject to change and may increase.


  • Remain up to date with specific knowledge regarding California law in the area of Consumer and Debt Collection Law and California Small Claims Court process.
  • Extensive and fast paced client/litigant contact, including conducting client/litigant interviews and providing immediate legal information and education to clients/litigants in a variety of areas of civil laws, including family law, housing law and consumer law.
  • Extensive review and assessment of self-prepared legal document and pleadings.
  • Assistance in completion of legal documents and forms.
  • Provide information and education in additional areas of civil law as needed.
  •  Supervise and conduct legal information and education workshops on California Small Claims Court proceedings and consumer and Debt Collection law.
  • Quick and efficient legal analysis of legal issues presented by self-help paralegals, intake workers, volunteers, etc. to allow them to provide legal information and education to litigants.
  • Interview clients. Effectively and efficiently communicate with clients. 
  • Engage in factual and legal research to provide competent legal information to Self-Help staff for relay to litigants. 
  • Extensive review of self-prepared pleadings, memoranda, correspondence and other legal documents.
  • Work with community groups, conduct outreach, and provide community education presentations and materials. 
  • Direct and supervise the legal work of large number of paralegal and law students, interns, and volunteers during open hours of Self-Help Center. 
  • Perform other duties as required to meet the needs of the Self-Help Center and the Community Legal Aid SoCal organization.

  • Juris Doctor degree and an active member in good standing of the California Bar or member to another state bar and ability to register as a legal services provider.
  • Articulate, creative, and passionate advocate with excellent written and oral communication skills, computer skills, and problem-solving skills.
  • Broad knowledge of California civil law.
  • Knowledge of all aspects of family law including dissolutions/divorces, paternity cases, requests for domestic violence restraining orders, requests for orders, responses, declarations, trial briefs, ex parte requests, motions, discovery, and other related pleadings.
  • Experience with form preparation from start to completion in the following: divorce, paternity cases, requests for domestic violence restraining orders, requests for orders, ex parte requests, responses, declarations, trial briefs, motions and other related pleadings.
  • Knowledge of Landlord-Tenant law, including Unlawful Detainer Notices, Complaints, Answers and Motions, consumer Debt laws and practice, and procedures for Name and Gender Changes.
  • Strong legal research and writing skills  
  • Ability to spot legal issues and comfort with providing real-time counsel & advice to Self-Help staff
  • Strong interpersonal skill, client communication skills and comfort working with indigent clients.
  • Strong technical skills; including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams).
  • Empathetic and energetic attitude while working with others.
  • Ability to interact with a wide range of clients utilizing client-centered lawyering and trauma-informed frameworks.
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, active insurance policy and ability to travel frequently in and around the service area for representation and to engage with clients and community partners - Required. 
  • Prior legal services advocacy experience – Preferred.
  • Bilingual proficiency – Preferred.

What We Offer

Our staff members work 35-hour week, and we offer a flexible and hybrid work schedule. Some positions may work beyond a 35-hour week, including evening and weekend meetings and events, when caseload or other obligations so necessitate. We also offer an outstanding benefit package which includes medical/dental/vision, 401k with employer contribution; life insurance with an optional employee buy-in; and short-term and long-term disability. Our employees have access to paid holidays, vacation, personal time, and sick time on their first day. Employee Assistance Program available. Employees who can prove bilingual proficiency are eligible for a monetary bonus.  Employees are offered professional development and growth  opportunities, a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and a collaborative team spirit.

Working Conditions

The position requires working with individuals during moments of extreme stress and instability. The position also requires the provision of culturally sensitive and empathetic services. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required as a condition of employment before date of hire. Reasonable accommodations will be considered.

About Community Legal Aid SoCal

Community Legal Aid SoCal (CLA SoCal) is a diverse non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the legal needs of low-income residents and seniors throughout Orange and Los Angeles Counties. We focus on removing barriers to equitable access and provide compassionate, high-quality legal aid. 

CLA SoCal is a welcoming, hopeful, anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-oppressive organization that celebrates diversity. CLA SoCal seeks to fill all positions with people who share our values, including our organizational commitment to diversity. We encourage all interested individuals to apply including people of different abilities, identities, orientations, ethnicities, and minorities.

Salary Description
$70,000 - $91,866.11