In order to make our mission a reality, we need your support. Whether you would like to give time, monetary donations, or skills, NNJLS could always use more advocates for equal justice.
Northeast New Jersey Legal Services is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that depends on private and public support to carry out its mission. We gratefully accept donations to help ensure that low-income and underserved residents of Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic Counties have fair access to quality legal representation. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
Consider giving $50 to celebrate 50 years of service!
Did you know there are over 275,000 children, seniors and adults living in poverty throughout Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic Counties in New Jersey? Due to limited resources, these low-income residents do not always receive the legal assistance they need and deserve. You can help change that by volunteering with our Pro Bono Partnerships Project (PBP). There are many benefits to joining PAI including:
Knowing your generosity, expertise, and energy will be used to provide legal assistance to low-income residents who may otherwise go unrepresented.
An exemption from New Jersey’s annual mandatory municipal court assignments if you provide us with 25 hours of free legal services.
Exclusive invitations to free and low-cost trainings provided by NNJLS and Legal Services of New Jersey, which can be used to meet New Jersey’s mandatory CLE requirements.
Networking opportunities with other pro bono attorneys.
If you are an attorney practicing law in New Jersey and are interested in finding out more about volunteering, please email Cindy Lou Cuesta at email@example.com or call the NNJLS PBP Program at 201-792-6363.
Or visit ProBonoNJ.org and register as a volunteer with NNJLS.
For more information, see our Pro Bono Partnerships Project (PBP) info sheet
or read our Frequently Asked Questions PDF.
LAW STUDENTS AND INTERNS
NNJLS is proud to host law school students and others who wish to participate in internship programs sponsored by their schools, private law firms, or advocacy groups. Student interns are mentored by experienced staff attorneys in the areas of civil law practice of their choice. Student interns also assist staff attorneys throughout the legal process from client intake through court appearance. Student interns may need to secure outside funding for their internship projects. NNJLS will also work with students and their school to help the student earn class credit for their NNJLS internship activities.
Individuals who are interested in internship opportunities at NNJLS should send their resume, cover letter, and a brief description of the proposed internship project by email to Cindy Lou Cuesta at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the NNJLS PBP Program at (201) 792-6363 for more details.
There are many ways that individuals can volunteer their time to NNJLS including, but not limited to, the following:
Interpret for clients who speak languages other than English.
Translate NNJLS information guides and other materials into languages other than English.
Use your paralegal or research skills to conduct research, interview clients, and draft legal documents.
Help us keep our offices running smoothly by answering phones, copying, filing, and more.
Assist with outreach activities.
OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Employment Opportunities for Attorneys
Northeast New Jersey Legal Services (NNJLS) has several challenging and rewarding positions available for attorneys seeking to provide legal assistance to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of society. NNJLS is hiring attorneys for its Housing and Public Benefits sections in its Paterson, New Jersey office. The office is within easy commuting distance from NYC via public transportation. Positions are available for experienced attorneys as well as recent graduates.
NNJLS is a non-profit public interest law firm with over 90 employees providing free legal services to low-income, senior and disabled residents of Hudson, Bergen and Passaic Counties, New Jersey. NNJLS’s staff of highly experienced and dedicated attorneys provides a wide variety of civil legal assistance and advocacy for those most in need of legal representation such as victims of domestic violence, tenants facing unfair and arbitrary eviction, seniors victimized by unscrupulous creditors and clients facing many other types of legal matters. NNJLS is committed to the principle that all members of society should be treated equally and fairly by our civil justice system. NNJLS seeks dynamic advocates who want to make a real difference in the lives of those most in need of legal assistance.
Excellent writing and oral advocacy skills are required. Prior Legal Services experience or a demonstrated commitment to legal assistance for the disadvantaged is preferred. Prior supervisory experience is a plus. NNJLS offers a positive workplace among colleagues who enjoy and are passionate about their work. We encourage a supportive, team work environment, with work-life balance. Benefits include comprehensive health and retirement plans and in-house trainings that offer CLE credit. All attorneys receive an attractive salary and fringe benefits package. NNJLS is an equal opportunity employer, including supporting individuals with a disability and veterans. Bilingual skills are preferred for some positions.
Please submit a resume and cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for the position(s) to: Human Resources Manager at HRNNJLS@LSNJ.org.