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Paralegal Advocate – Project on Predatory Student Lending – Legal Services Center, Harvard Law School

The Project on Predatory Student Lending seeks outstanding applicants for a Paralegal Advocate to start January 2019. The Project is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and an inclusive environment and seeks to increase the diversity of people engaged in consumer law, and economic justice and consumer advocacy. Salary is commensurate with experience. Harvard offers generous benefits including paid time off and health insurance.

Established in 2012 as part of the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School’s Predatory Lending/Consumer Protection Clinic, the Project on Predatory Student Lending uses litigation and advocacy to make it legally and financially impossible for the predatory for-profit college industry to cheat students, and to relieve borrowers from fraudulent student loan debt. The for-profit college industry exploits the promise of higher education, and perpetrates a massive fraud on students who are trying to build a better life. It transfers billions of dollars of taxpayer funds intended to support higher education to corporate profits, leaving students and families poorer than they started. Rather than providing opportunity, the industry reinforces existing societal inequalities by specifically targeting people of color, women, immigrants, veterans, the unemployed, and first-generation college goers. The Project provides direct legal services to former students of for-profit colleges across the country, and has an active docket of high-impact cases. To learn more about the Project’s work, including our significant recent cases, please visit www.projectonpredatorystudentlending.org.

Role & Responsibilities: The Project’s two Paralegal Advocates are the face of the Project to our clients and potential clients. They are responsible for the Project’s screening, intake, and client relationships. The Paralegal Advocates counsel our clients on questions related to federal and private student loans from forprofit colleges, and work with Project attorneys on court filings, keep the Project’s paper and electronic records in order, and participate in other aspects of case management. The position is a six-month initial appointment with the possibility of renewal based on funding and Project need.

Skills & Experience: Three years of experience in legal support, office administration, client services or social services. Post-secondary education may count toward years of experience. Candidates must have exceptional listening skills, a strong ability to convey information orally and in writing, the demonstrated ability to thrive in a demanding, mission-driven environment, and a commitment to serving low-income communities. Special consideration will be given to applicants with proficiency in Spanish. Additionally, we seek candidates who:
– Are committed to and passionate about the Project’s mission, and working with its client base;
– Are highly proficient in Microsoft Office and adept at learning new technologies;
– Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and perform well under deadlines;
– Enjoy working collaboratively; and
– Are highly organized and detail-oriented.

To Apply: Applications must be submitted via Harvard’s Human Resources website: http://www.employment.harvard.edu/careers/findingajob/. Applicants should apply for the position designated as Paralegal Advocate, Harvard Law School (ID #47576BR), or click here.