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The Chandra Law Firm

As a small, boutique law firm, Chandra Law rarely has attorney vacancies, but we are always interested in hearing from dynamic people who think they would make a good fit among the highly credentialed, driven, dynamic lawyers of our civil-rights law firm.

For attorney applicants, please note that with rare exception, we generally do not hire directly from law schools; rather, we generally seek applicants who have at least one to five years of legal experience, which may include judicial clerkships.

In attorneys, we seek the following attributes:

  • Strong work ethic,
  • Grit,
  • Extremely self-organized and perhaps even anally retentive,
  • Perfectionist,
  • Strong academic and other credentials including firm or public-service experience, with judicial clerkships being a significant plus,
  • Demonstrated commitment to civil rights, civil liberties, and the public interest,
  • Strong plain-English writing skills (no legalese),
  • Drive for excellence,
  • Growth-mindset—desire to learn,
  • Collaborative, team-oriented attitude, and
  • Progressive, community commitment—demonstrated change agent.

We seek similar attributes in summer and school-term law clerks, although we understand that experience and writing samples will be more limited.

A great sense of humor and karaoke skills go a long way too.

The Chandra Law Firm LLC is an equal-opportunity employer. We pride ourselves on our demonstrated commitment to diversity. We strongly encourage candidates from non-traditional backgrounds, including first-generation professionals, to apply.

If you are interested in exploring opportunities, please contact us below.

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2018 SUMMER LAW CLERKS—POSTED UNTIL FILLED; ROLLING BASIS BY EARLY APRIL

Our civil-rights law firm plans to hire three or four summer law clerks for 2018. We have a number of exciting matters that public-spirited law students would find interesting, including in the areas of employment discrimination and retaliation, sexual harassment, Title IX retaliation, the First Amendment, whistleblower lawsuits, voting rights, section 1983 police-misconduct cases, and white-collar-criminal defense. We have a lot cooking and plan to immerse our law students in deeply substantive work.

We seek the following attributes:

    • Strong work ethic,
    • Grit,
    • Extremely self-organized and perhaps even anally retentive,
    • Perfectionist,
    • Strong academic and other credentials including firm or public-service experience; life experience,
    • Demonstrated commitment to civil rights, civil liberties, and the public interest,
    • Strong plain-English writing skills (no legalese),
    • Drive for excellence,
    • Growth-mindset—desire to learn,
    • Collaborative, team-oriented attitude, and
    • Progressive, community commitment—demonstrated change agent.

We prefer second-year law students, but will consider particularly strong first years. We offer a flat summer stipend of $5,000, although some students from some universities arrange for academic credit instead.

Our blog has more information about the kinds of cases we are handling.

Qualified candidates should submit the following in .pdf format through this page (preferred) or to Ashlie.Sletvold@ChandraLaw.com: cover letter, résumé, list of three references, law-school transcript, and two-to-three unprivileged and appropriately redacted writing samples. The subject of the email should read “Application for 2018 summer law-clerk position.”

The Chandra Law Firm LLC is an equal-opportunity employer. We pride ourselves on our demonstrated commitment to diversity. We strongly encourage candidates from non-traditional backgrounds, including first-generation professionals, to apply.

No telephone calls, please. Please bear with us as we are a busy small firm, demand is high, and it may take us a while to fill these positions and respond to all applicants.

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PARALEGAL POSITION 2018—POSTED UNTIL FILLED

The Chandra Law Firm LLC, based in downtown Cleveland, seeks a full-time paralegal. Great opportunity for personal and professional growth in a collegial, small-firm environment with a fast-paced, high-profile practice focusing on civil rights, constitutional law, and white-collar-criminal defense.

Main job duties would include, but are not limited to, interviewing potential clients and preparing interview summaries for attorneys for evaluation; managing client files; maintaining firm calendar and scheduling, including docketing deadlines and events; assisting attorneys with preparing pleadings, correspondence, and court filings; assisting with document review, analysis, and organization; preparing exhibits and binders for depositions, mediations, and trial; fact investigation and appropriate legal research.

Preferred qualifications: Proficient with Mac, Microsoft Word, Adobe, and Excel. The firm is looking for someone who has a strong work ethic, possesses strong organizational skills, has strong writing skills, pays close attention to detail, can manage multiple priorities under stress, excels in a team setting, and has a professional, upbeat disposition and growth mindset. Prior paralegal training or experience is preferred. Notary-public status a plus.

Visit www.ChandraLaw.com for information about the firm. Qualified candidates should submit the following in .pdf format through this page or to Ashlie.Sletvold@ChandraLaw.com and Suzanne.Zaranko@ChandraLaw.com: cover letter, résumé, list of three references, and two unprivileged writing samples. Subject of the email should read “Application for paralegal position.”

The Chandra Law Firm LLC is an equal-opportunity employer. We pride ourselves on our demonstrated commitment to diversity. We strongly encourage candidates from non-traditional backgrounds, including first-generation professionals, to apply.

No telephone calls, please.


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