Employment, Volunteer, and Internship Opportunities

Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. (ILAS) is the largest public interest law firm in the State of Idaho. The firm has offices in Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston, Nampa, Boise, Twin Falls, Pocatello, and Idaho Falls. ILAS also maintains four statewide attorney-staffed advice lines, addressing senior, housing, domestic violence, and Covid-19 related legal issues. ILAS seeks equal justice for the underprivileged and low-income community through legal representation, community outreach, and education. 

Whether you are staff, a student, or a volunteer, Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. offers interesting and challenging work where you can help those in need, develop new skills, and gain insight into your community.

Information regarding available employment, internship, externship, and volunteer opportunities is listed below. If you are interested in Pro Bono Opportunities, please click here: Pro Bono.

 

 Employment Opportunities

Staff Attorney-Lewiston 

Idaho Legal Aid Services is seeking applicants for a staff attorney in our Lewiston office. Cases may include representation across several practice areas: family law (representing survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking), housing (evictions, foreclosures, housing discrimination), public entitlements, and elder law. Duties will include managing caseload from beginning to end, communicating with clients, drafting legal documents, making court appearances and collaborating with co-workers and partners. This is a full time salaried position subject to the ILAS policy of 37.5 hours per week. The annual salary for this position is contingent on the applicant's level of experience. Must be a member of the Idaho State Bar or able to readily transfer based on their UBE score. Extra consideration given to applicants with a history of public service or fluency in languages relevant to our client community.

Excellent benefits include life, health, dental, and disability insurance. May also qualify for a Legal Services Corporation loan repayment program and federal loan foregiveness programs. Email your cover letter, resume and list of three references to bevallen@idaholegalaid.org. ILAS is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  See full announcement for further details. View full Announcement

Staff Attorney-Twin Falls 

Idaho Legal Aid Services is seeking applicants for a full time staff attorney in our Twin Falls office. Cases may include representation across several practice areas: family law (representing survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking), housing (evictions, foreclosures, housing discrimination), public entitlements, and elder law. Duties will include managing caseload from beginning to end, communicating with clients, drafting legal documents, making court appearances and collaborating with co-workers and partners. This position will also draft written legal education materials and conduct outreach and education to individuals and organizations that serve our client community, including LGBTQ, unhoused, refugee, immigrant, and Latino groups. Must be a member of the Idaho State Bar or able to readily transfer based on their UBE score. Extra consideration given to applicants with a history of public service or fluency in languages relevant to our client community.

Entry level salary for a person with one year or less of experience is $50,000 (37.5 hour week). Excellent benefits include life, health, dental, and disability insurance. May also qualify for a Legal Services Corporation loan repayment program and federal loan foregiveness programs. Email your cover letter, resume and list of three references to bevallen@idaholegalaid.org. ILAS is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  See full announcement for further details. View full Announcement

Staff Attorney-Nampa Family Justice Center

Idaho Legal Aid Services is seeking applicants for a full time Staff Attorney in our Nampa Family Justice Center (NFJC) office. The NFJC serves survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking across southwest Idaho. The successful applicant will join two other attorneys and two support staff at the office. Supervision and support is provided by ILAS's Nampa office. The attorney will focus on representing survivors in family law, housing, public entitlements, and other related cases. Services will range from legal advice through litigation. Must be a member of the Idaho State Bar or able to readily transfer based on their UBE score.The ideal candidate will have a history of public service, litigation or family law experience and fluency in Spanish.

Entry level salary for a person with one year or less of experience is $50,000 (37.5 hour week). Excellent benefits include life, health, dental, and disability insurance. May also qualify for a Legal Services Corporation loan repayment program and federal loan foregiveness programs. Email your cover letter, resume and list of three references to erikjohnson@idaholegalaid.org. ILAS is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  See full announcement for further details. View full Announcement

Legal Secretary-Nampa Family Justice Center (NFJC)

Idaho Legal Aid Services is seeking applicants for a part time Legal Secretary in our Nampa Family Justice Center (NFJC) office. The NFJC serves survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking across southwest Idaho. The successful applicant will join three attorneys and two other support staff at the office. Supervision and support is provided by ILAS's Nampa office. Applicants should be proficient in Microsoft Office (primarily Word and Excel) and Google applications, and possess the willingness to embrace new technologies to better serve our clients. Position requires a high attention to detail, strong people skills and a willingness to be a team player. Fluency in Spanish preferred but not required.

Salary depends on experience. The entry level salary for a Spanish speaking legal secretary with one year or less of experience is $26,500. The half time salary (18.75 hours/week) for the same experience level would be $13,250. Excellent benefits include life, health, dental, and disability insurance. Email your cover letter, resume and list of three references to erikjohnson@idaholegalaid.org. ILAS is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  See full announcement for further details. View full Announcement

Staff Attorney-Coeur d'Alene Office

Idaho Legal Aid Services (ILAS) has a full time (37.5 hours per week) staff attorney position available in our Coeur d'Alene office. The attorney will provide legal representation to vulnerable Idahoans with critical needs. Cases may include housing (evictions, foreclosures, housing discrimination); representing survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in family law matters; public entitlements; elder law; and Indian Law (including some criminal work). Services will range from legal advice through litigation.  Must be a member of the Idaho State Bar or able to readily transfer based on their UBE score. Extra consideration given to applicants with a history of public service or fluency in languages relevant to our client community. The entry-level annual salary for this position for a person with one year or less of experience is $50,000. ILAS offers an excellent benefits package. 

Email your cover letter, resume and list of three references to bevallen@idaholegalaid.org. ILAS is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  See full announcement for further details. View full Announcement

Legal Secretary-Coeur d'Alene Office

Idaho Legal Aid Services (ILAS) has a part time (80%--30 hours per week) position available in our Coeur d'Alene office. We are looking for applicants who want to use their legal secretary skills and passion to fulfill ILAS's mission of providing equal access to justice for low-income people through quality advocacy and education. The ideal applicant is resourceful, enjoys working with the public and has a can-do attitude. We seek candidates proficient in Microsoft Office (primarily Word and Excel) and Google applications; with experience drafting and filing pleadings; and who work with high attention to detail. ILAS offers an excellent benefits package. 

Email your cover letter, resume and list of three references to sherryleavitt@idaholegalaid.org. ILAS is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  See full announcement for further details. View full Announcement

 

Internship, Externship, and Volunteer Opportunities

Information regarding available employment, internship, externship, and volunteer opportunities with Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. are listed below.

If you are interested in Pro Bono Opportunities through the Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program, please click here for more information: Pro Bono

 

Volunteers

Volunteers are vital for us to serve our client community. Legal volunteers, such as active and retired attorneys, law and paralegal students, and financial and accounting sector volunteers and marketing, media, or communication sector volunteers, contribute invaluable services to our offices each year. 

If you are interested in volunteering at an ILAS office, please call our statewide number at: (208) 746-7541 to be connected to your local office's volunteer coordinator.

 

Internships and Externships
Opportunities: 1L, 2L, or 3L Internships or Externships; select offices may offer undergraduate internships

Compensation: Unpaid; Credit Available

Position Description: The intern/extern will work with staff attorneys on legal research projects and will assist with cases. The intern may work in a variety of legal areas, including housing, family and domestic violence, consumer, public benefits, guardianships, wills and trusts, elder, and/or Indian law. 

The intern will have the opportunity to take on substantial responsibilities, which may include: calling and meeting with clients; interviewing witnesses; assisting in trial preparation; researching and writing briefs and memorandums; drafting complaints and other pleadings; and/or conducting educational workshops. The intern may also be responsible for administrative tasks like filing and copying.

Time Commitment: The time commitment for internship or externship will generally be governed by the law student's school's requirements to obtain credit.  For interns who will not receive credit, the weekly time commitment is negotiable.  However, for a summer internship, at least fifteen hours per week for eight weeks is required. 

Qualifications: 1L applicants must have completed the first year of law school. 2L or 3L applicants may be in any semester of study. The applicant must have an interest in working with the low-income community and addressing poverty law issues. The applicant should: be self-motivated; possess a strong sense of justice; exhibit professionalism; be willing to work under deadlines; and, have excellent interpersonal skills and quality legal writing skills or a strong interest in improving his or her writing ability.

For more information regarding internship or externship opportunities, please call our statewide phone number at: (208) 746-7541 to be connected to the intern/extern coordinator at your local office.

 

 

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