Our Paralegal Program
The Walden Macht & Haran (WMH) Paralegal Program provides recent college graduates the opportunity to work on intellectually stimulating and challenging matters alongside our seasoned attorneys. Members of the WMH Paralegal Team build strong relationships with our attorneys and clients, while playing a critical role across all Firm practice areas. WMH paralegals are tasked with substantive case-related assignments, including attending and preparing attorneys for client meetings, oral arguments, sentencings, and even trials. We recruit individuals of the highest caliber who enjoy working in a collaborative and challenging environment. We seek candidates with strong academic backgrounds who wish to learn about the practice of law prior to attending law school. WMH paralegals complete the program with meaningful exposure to the legal field that will serve as a solid foundation to their future careers.
How Paralegals Impact the Firm
At WMH, our paralegals work side-by-side with attorneys at all levels and assume important roles on complex projects under the supervision of the Firm’s Paralegal Manager. Unique to the Firm, our paralegals are not limited to working within one practice area, nor is the team tiered with positions based on different levels of experience. Every WMH paralegal has an equal opportunity to work on matters within any Firm practice area and will be tasked with both junior and senior responsibilities. Under the direction and guidance of the attorneys, our paralegals manage their own cases and contribute to every stage, beginning with the initial client engagement, through the discovery process, and all the way to trial and/or appeals if applicable. As an integral part of our Firm, paralegals are also invited to fully participate in our WMH initiatives, including committees, CLE programs, volunteer events, and social gatherings.
The WMH Paralegal Program is based in our New York office, where candidates are required to make a two-year commitment to the Firm. All candidates must have the flexibility to work the necessary hours required by a fast-paced environment and must possess the following qualifications.
- Strong organizational, interpersonal, communication, and writing skills
- High-level aptitude in computer software, applications, and technology
- Exceptional attention to detail, including impeccable proofreading and editing skills
- Capacity to work in a fast-paced environment and maintain a positive pro-team attitude
- Discretion and professionalism required to work on high-profile matters
- Service-oriented mindset and ability to push projects to completion
- Ability to work in-person, remotely, and/or travel for business purpose
- Flexibility to work overtime and beyond regular business hours to complete assignments
- A Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA upon graduation
WMH offers paralegals a competitive salary and benefits, including:
- Eligibility for up to 10 vacation days and 40 hours of sick leave per year
- As of 2023, reimbursement for up to $2,500 in eligible moving expenses upon employment
- As of 2023, reimbursement for the cost of enrolling in a graduate school exam prep course (i.e., LSAT, GRE, GMAT and MCAT) for up to $1,000 after six months of employment
- Eligibility to participate in the Firm’s medical plan starting on their first day of employment and the 401(k) plan after six months of employment
- Overtime pay with meal and transportation allowances when working overtime
- The opportunity to receive a discretionary year-end, merit-based bonus
- Salary range: $45,000 to $55,000
Paralegal applications are reviewed on a rolling basis during the first quarter of the year or as positions become available. Candidates must apply with a resume, cover letter, transcript, and writing sample. All application materials are to be sent and addressed only to Teresa Lambe, Director of Recruiting and Administration at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walden Macht & Haran LLP is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against an individual with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, marital status, sexual preference, pregnancy, age, disability, national origin, or any other non-relevant criteria.
My experience as a paralegal for WMH was unbeatable.
As a paralegal, I had the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to exciting matters. I observed trials, attended depositions, and assisted attorneys preparing court filings for all stages of litigation. The breadth and depth of my experiences at WMH allowed me to better understand my interests, which enabled me to hit the ground running as a law student at UCLA. Everyone I worked with, from associate to name partner, treated me like a valued member of the Firm. I started at WMH with just an inkling that I wanted to pursue a career in law and, as a result of my experience as a paralegal for the Firm, I left for law school two years later inspired and excited to become a lawyer.Robert Carpenter, University of Los Angeles School of Law '24
Working at WMH allowed me the chance to develop substantive writing and analytical skills, as well as organizational skills and attention to detail, that helped me succeed in law school.
It was tremendously helpful to begin law school having had hands-on experience with motion practice, witness preparation, and other aspects of litigation. At WMH, I had the opportunity to assist with a federal criminal trial and provide support inside and outside of the courtroom. This included everything from preparing exhibits for the trial to attending client preparation meetings and even helping to draft questions for witnesses. The attorneys at WMH took the time to explain the complex legal concepts behind the work we were doing; I always felt like a full participant in the process. I am about to begin my career as an associate at a large litigation firm, and I credit WMH with setting me on this path and helping me build the skills to succeed.Arielle Gerber, Columbia Law School '22
Working as a paralegal at WMH taught me how to be a professional and put me on the path to becoming a lawyer.
Whether through working on a bank monitorship or assisting attorneys with filings, I learned a great deal about legal practice and will always be grateful for the trust, kindness, and mentorship demonstrated by the attorneys at WMH.Giovanni Scarella, Fordham University School of Law '22