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Posted by: Robert Abruzzese on May 21, 2021


LAWYER - ATTORNEY REFERRAL COUNSELOR (Bilingual, Spanish or Cantonese) Full-time or Part-time

The New York City Bar Association (City Bar), founded in 1870, is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students. The City Bar’s mission is to equip and mobilize the legal profession to practice with excellence, promote reform of the law, and uphold the rule of law and access to justice in support of a fair society and the public interest in our community, our nation, and throughout the world. 

Do you enjoy finding ways to help others who need legal assistance, but would rather not continue working after your general workday is done? Would you like the option to work remotely from your home 100% of the time (except, possibly, for a few meetings per year post-pandemic)? If so, this job’s for you! 

We are in the business of public service. For more than 70 years, we have made it our mission to help individuals and businesses find the right lawyer to meet their legal needs. Established in 1946, the New York City Bar Legal Referral Service (LRS) is the oldest lawyer referral service in New York State, and the first one in New York City approved by the American Bar Association. 

Will consider full-time or part-time candidates for this opportunity. Candidates must be eligible to work in the U.S, must be admitted to practice law in New York State and must live in New York (or a nearby state) within reasonable travelling distance by ground transportation for occasional in-person meetings at the City Bar.

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY include, but are not limited to:

  • Respond to high volume of calls and emails from the general public
  • Triage legal issues and direct clients to participating lawyers and other legal resources
  • Provide basic legal information to the public
  • Other duties, including legal research, public relations, marketing and public outreach, as assigned


  • Bilingual-Fluency in written and spoken Spanish or Cantonese is essential!
  • J.D. from an accredited law school
  • Admitted to practice law in New York State
  • Working knowledge of general legal procedures
  • At least one year of experience in civil law -- such as landlord/tenant law, labor/employment, family law, tort/negligence, workers comp, wills/trusts/estates, immigration, etc. – in a clinical, legal services, government or private law office environment preferred
  • Excellent phone manner, customer service and written/verbal communication skills
  • Experience managing challenging people preferred
  • Ability to stay calm in stressful situations
  • Strong PC skills, including Microsoft Teams, Outlook, Word and basic Excel


We provide a competitive benefits package for full-time employees, including generous paid time off (vacation, personal, sick time, holidays, day off for volunteer work, choice of medical plans, dental, vision, 401K, life insurance, commuter benefits, Employee Assistance Program, STD/LTD, employee discounts, complimentary City Bar membership/many CLE programs/ City Bar events, reimbursement of OCA registration fees). Part-time employees working at least 20 hours/week are eligible for limited benefits package (prorated time off, 401K, commuter benefits, Employee Assistance Program, employee discounts, complimentary City Bar membership/many CLE programs/ City Bar events, reimbursement of OCA registration fees).


Please send a cover letter with resume, salary expectations and the state of your primary work location via email to and include Attorney Referral Counselor in the subject line. In your cover letter, please be sure to include the following in brief: a list of the three areas of law in which you have the most knowledge, experience, etc.; for each area you listed, please state how many years you have practiced, advised, etc., in that area of law, and; for each of the three areas you listed, please describe the context in which you gained that experience, knowledge, etc. (e.g., private practice, in-house counsel, government staff lawyer, legal service organization, etc.).

It is the policy of the City Bar to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including gender identity and sexual harassment), sexual orientation, disability, arrest or conviction record, pregnancy, credit history, salary history, caregiver status, marital status, partnership status, or status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, religion, sex, genetic information, military status, unemployment status or any other characteristic as protected by law. With regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act and other related laws, the City Bar will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.