Working as a Family Court Legal Services (FCLS) attorney for Administration for Children's Services is a great opportunity for recent law school graduates and seasoned lawyers to work in the area of child welfare and gain significant and rapid litigation experience, appearing in court every day. You will build confidence in writing, presentation and time management while building daily relationships with judges and attorneys for parents and children.
FCLS provides its staff with extensive legal training, coaching and professional development throughout their employment. A career path includes advancement to supervisory and managerial positions with opportunities to build a career within our agency as well as valuable experience to continue elsewhere in public service or to start your own practice. ACS offers a robust benefit package with numerous continuing legal education opportunities, qualification for loan forgiveness, reimbursement for bar fees, comp time, autonomy and job security.
Family Court Legal Services Attorneys represent ACS on child neglect and abuse cases, permanency hearings, juvenile delinquency proceedings and other child welfare proceedings in the NYC Family Courts. FCLS attorneys work collaboratively with Child Protective Specialists, Case Planners, and other child welfare specialists to further the agency's mission to protect children and youth and improve the lives of families. Attorneys provide general legal assistance for ACS and foster care provider agencies.
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The starting salary for an Agency Attorney Interne is $71,757. After successful completion of 6 months of service in the Agency Attorney Interne title, and admission to the NYS Bar, Attorney Internes are eligible for promotion to the Agency Attorney Level 1 positions. The salary for the Agency Attorney Level 1 position is $72,712. After a year in that position, staff are again eligible for promotion to the Level 2 position with a salary of $82,137. In addition to the base salary increases, there are recurring interest payments, longevity differentials, and the potential for overtime and compensatory time earnings.
To learn about employment opportunities with FCLS, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www1.nyc.gov/jobs and search under the drop-down for Children's Services for Attorney Interne and Attorney positions.