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

Contract Attorneys - Coeur d'Alene, Nampa, Twin Falls, and Idaho Falls

Idaho Legal Aid Services (ILAS), Idaho's largest no-cost, public interest law firm, has an exciting contract opportunity for attorneys practicing in the First, Third, Fifth or Seventh Judicial Districts. As required by ILAS's Legal Services Corporation funding, ILAS is looking to contract with four private attorneys at a rate of $50-$90 per hour to accept (at your discretion) eviction defense and family law cases for low income Idahoans referred from ILAS office. ILAS will provide access to training materials, pleadings and our attorneys in support of the contract attorney. 

The contracts will begin as soon as possible and end December 31, 2022 with the possibility of being renewed in 2023. The total hours to be worked under the contract will be negotiated but will not exceed 100 hours for the year for each contract. The attorneys selected for these contracts must believe in ILAS's mission of providing equal access to justice and must be a member of the Idaho State Bar. ILAS can provide malpractice insurance if applicants do not have their own coverage. 

Email your cover letter and resume to sunriseayers@idaholegalaid.org. Deadline is June 6, 2022. ILAS is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request application or interview accommodations, email sunriseayers@idaholegalaid.org.

 

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 $57,000 (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.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

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Staff Attorney-Lewiston 

Idaho Legal Aid Services is seeking applicants for a full time 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 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 $57,000 (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.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

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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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