Real Estate Paralegal/Legal Assistant, Morton, Illinois

Benckendorf & Benckendorf, P.C., is seeking a full-time Real Estate Paralegal/Legal Assistant in our Morton, Illinois location. 

Must be able to work independently but also as a team member. The employee will have direct contact with clients, other attorneys, and title companies. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and organizational skills are a must. 

The position offers a pleasant working environment, paid vacation and holidays, health insurance, and parking. Please send your resume and cover letter to dpayton@benckendorf.com.

Summer 2022 Courses available for Law Enforcement, Legal Studies, Criminal Justice and 911 Dispatch students

Summer 2022 Courses available for Law Enforcement, Legal Studies, Criminal Justice and 911 Dispatch students: 

Criminal Law - Online

Administration of Justice - Online

Medical Terminology for Paralegals - Online

Legal Studies and Criminal Justice Internship courses for qualified students

Follow the enrollment links for your program in the left column at: http://icclaw.net


Position with Prairie State Legal Services, Bloomington, Office

Prairie State Legal Services http://www.pslegal.org/

Job Posting id# 6722380


Company Description-  Prairie State Legal Services is a not for profit civil legal aid organization that has served northern and central Illinois for more than 40 years, maintains 11 office locations, and has a staff of over 200 employees.  Our 36 county service area includes rural communities, suburban areas, and mid-size urban cities. We strive to provide an array of services responsive to the needs of our clients and therefore have developed several specialized projects and maintain one of the most productive pro bono programs in the nation.  Employees of PSLS benefit from the expertise and community connections of their local office staff along with robust program-wide resources.


Job Description-  Every day, people across Illinois are denied the basic rights to which they are entitled under the law simply because they can’t afford a lawyer. It’s our mission to change that.


Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. is seeking a Legal Secretary to join our team in the Bloomington office. Legal Secretaries at PSLS provide a wide-range of legal support to attorneys that enables them to serve some of the most vulnerable members of our communities, including low-income individuals, older adults, veterans, and people with disabilities. We focus services on legal problems that impact the ability of our clients to meet their basic human needs, including physical safety, access to healthcare, adequate housing, and financial stability. Prairie State is the only legal aid organization in the majority of our area and we pride ourselves on providing high quality legal services to our clients while fostering a work environment that is motivating, collaborative, and rewarding, with plenty of opportunities for professional growth.



The Legal Secretary will participate in a full range of office duties in a fast-paced environment including, but not limited to:

•             Working with PSLS attorneys to assist clients in a wide range of legal problems, including family law, domestic violence litigation, administrative law, Social Security Disability benefits, landlord/tenant, and other matters.

•             Supporting the attorneys in their legal work including assisting with and preparation of routine pleadings, notices, subpoenas, correspondence, and other similar documents; scheduling court dates; e-filing; scheduling client appointments in open cases; assisting with medical and other records requests; assisting attorneys with file organization and review of closed files; and assisting with filing.

•             Entering client information and data into case management software

•             Performing a variety of other office tasks such as typing, copying, faxing, and emailing

•             Greeting clients and answering the phone as needed

•             Conducting initial interviews with applicants

•             Generating case reports as needed

•             Assisting with medical and other records requests

•             Serving as the recording secretary for the office’s weekly case assignment meeting

•             Periodically assisting with outreach and off-site intakes


Salary and Benefits

The Legal Secretary position is a full-time position at 37.5 hours per week. PSLS offers a salary competitive with similar organizations. Our Legal Secretary salary scale starts at $15 per hour for candidates who meet the minimum qualifications, and increases with each year of relevant experience. PSLS is committed to providing an excellent, comprehensive benefits package to its full-time employees that includes: 


•             Health insurance

•             Dental insurance

•             Vision insurance

•             403b retirement plan including employer contributions

•             Extensive training and education program 

•             PTO that starts at nearly 3 weeks/year

•             Paid sick leave

•             6 weeks of paid parental leave after one year of employment

•             12 paid holidays



The ideal candidate will be highly organized, dependable, and self-motivated. Applicants should have:

•             High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent and either one additional year of relevant education or one year of experience in the legal field

•             Interest in and commitment to assisting low-income individuals in the resolution of their legal problems

•             Strong computer skills including proficiency using Microsoft Word and Excel

•             Excellent oral/written communications

•             Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as a team member

•             Spanish language proficiency is preferred, but not required

•             We will give preference to candidates who have experience providing services to low-income individuals


Application Details

Please indicate “Legal Secretary-Bloomington” in the subject line and email a letter explaining your interest and experience, resume, and three references to careers@pslegal.org.


Resumes accepted until position is filled.

Prairie State Legal Services is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, pay, and promote qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity, expression, or presentation, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or any other legally protected status.

Illinois Central College- online job board posting site- CCN- College Central Network-  www.collegecentral.com/icc


Why the Law? Series, Tom Higgins Self-Interview

 The maiden voyage for my "Why the Law?" series of interviews, the self-interview edition.



Active Listening is NOT Optional in Law and Justice Careers

If you take any one of Professor Higgins investigation or litigation related courses, you learn about the importance of Active Listening.  

The successful police officer, investigator, paralegal, or lawyer must hear and process far more than they must speak.  

We see, hear, assess, and analyze what we hear and observe before we act or speak on that information.

Active listening is a skill that you must commit to, develop, and practice to see dividends.  

It may benefit you in your personal life as much as in your career. Especially in our current environment. 

Take a few minutes to read Tania Israel's short article and if you have a few minutes more, watch her TED Talk linked at the bottom of the article. 



Access to Lexis (Nexis Uni) and Searching for Illinois Case Law

Jessica Bastain in our ICC library created some very helpful resources for students on “How to Login to Nexis Uni” and “How to Search Illinois Case Law in Nexis Uni.”  

A short video walking you through each of these topics can be found on YouTube:  

How to Login to Nexis Uni: https://youtu.be/z6yeEzbLue4

How to Search Illinois Case Law in Nexis Uni: https://youtu.be/2lYJTpKm1MU


She also created a webpage on Nexis Uni for Paralegal and Criminal Justice Students. It includes these videos and two pdf files that you can save or print to have available until you get more familiar with this resource.  It includes general information about logging in to the ICC Library, a link to our chat, and helpful quick links.

Here is the link to that webpage: https://libguides.icc.edu/NexisUni/home 


The Library is also offering one-on-one virtual appointments with students.  

When we are on campus Jessica is our "Law" Librarian because she is stationed at the Peoria Campus library adjacent to Poplar Hall.  She is always extremely helpful and supportive of our Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, and Paralegal students and we are very fortunate that she is willing to meet with students individually if you need more assistance.

Students can schedule an appointment with Jessiva, or any other librarian, from this page: https://icc.edu/library/for-students/book-a-librarian/




Physical Fitness for Law Enforcement and the Power Test

I put a brief version of my typical summer advice on physical fitness for law enforcement and preparing for, taking and passing the Power Test on a podcast linked here:



THE Paralegal Program for Peoria, East Peoria, Pekin, Galesburg, McComb, Rock Island, Lasalle-Peru, Ottawa, Pontiac, Champaign, Bloomington, Lincoln and everywhere in between!

The Illinois Central College Paralegal programs are the only Paralegal Education choice for residents in ALL of Central Illinois.

  • ABA Approved: ICC is the ONLY community college offering American Bar Association Approved Post Degree Certificate and Associate degree Paralegal Programs in all of Central Illinois.
  • Affordable: Tuition at other institutions, Private or Public, may be as much as 4 to 5 time more expensive. If you live outside the Peoria area, and many of our students do, it is likely that ICC has an agreement in place to allow for in-district tuition rates. (Carl Sandburg, Heartland, Illinois Valley, Lincoln Land, Spoon River). Our Graduates and our current students come from all over Central Illinois because of the quality, affordability, consistency and convenience of this program.

  • Convenient: The course schedule is as Convenient as you will find from a quality Paralegal program. Five of the Ten paralegal program courses are offered partially or completely online. The remaining Paralegal courses are scheduled both day and evening at the ICC Peoria Campus.
  • Established: Our programs are well established with the people and organizations that employ Paralegals throughout Central Illinois and beyond. Our Paralegal graduates enjoy some of the Highest Paying and Most Satisfying Paralegal Jobs because they are more prepared than the graduates of other Paralegal programs to earn and keep those positions. This education and training prepares a graduate to work anywhere in the country.  Our graduates can be found working in the corporate headquarters of large corporations such as Caterpillar, State Farm and Walmart and small to very large law firms in Central Illinois and throughout the United States.   
The Illinois Central College 
Paralegal Programs
WE are THE Smart Choice!

View the Fall 2018 Schedule here

Get more information or schedule an appointment to ENROLL today by Contacting the Paralegal Programs Coordinator, Michelle Weghorst by calling 309-690-7691 or send an e-mail to: michelle.weghorst@icc.edu