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Loyola University Chicago Institute for Paralegal Studies

Litigation Support Paralegal

The Federal Defender Program

The Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Illinois is accepting applications for the position of Litigation Support Paralegal in its Chicago office. The Federal Defender Program operates under the authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. sec. 3006A. The Federal Defender Program provides criminal defense services by court appointment to individuals unable to afford counsel in federal court. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to making the promise of the Sixth Amendment’s right to counsel a reality for all people who we are appointed to represent.


Duties for this position include managing and organizing paper and e-discovery on various platforms; providing case management organization and support on complex cases; and assisting in the development and presentation of evidence in court proceedings. The position requires some travel to our Rockford Branch Office.


Applicants should have an interest in criminal justice and a desire to be part of a team helping defend persons charged with federal crimes. Applicants must also possess strong analytical abilities, with experience in the organization, review, analysis and presentation of evidence in complex cases or cases with extensive discovery. Computer experience is required, and proficiency in litigation support and case management software is strongly encouraged. Applicants should demonstrate good interpersonal skills as well as oral and written communication skills. Criminal defense work, federal court experience, and trial preparation experience are all helpful but not required.


Applicants should have strong computer skills and experience with or a willingness to learn programs such as Trial Director, CaseMap, Adobe Pro, dtSearch, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.


The Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Illinois is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, and does not offer federal benefits. It does provide good health and dental insurance, disability insurance, paid vacation, sick days, a 401(k) plan, and flexible spending accounts for healthcare, child dependent care, and commuter programs. Salary is commensurate with experience and is payable by direct deposit only. Salary is based on the Judicial Salary Plan and is commensurate with experience.


To apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and salary history to

Submit your application before the deadline, February 16, 2021.

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