Join Montana Legal Services Association and make a difference! You’ll enjoy Montana’s outdoor lifestyle while advocating for those without a voice in our legal system. We offer a supportive and collegial work environment, a healthy work-life balance, and a generous benefits package. A career at MLSA is filled with work that is both intellectually stimulating and challenging and no two days are the same. Whether you are just starting your legal career or are a seasoned lawyer, making legal aid work part of your life will not only allow you to grow your legal skills, but will also instill a sense of personal satisfaction from seeing the immediate results of your work in the transformed lives of clients.

Who Are We

MLSA is committed to the idea that equal justice under the law is a right, not a privilege. We are zealous advocates for Montanans who struggle to make ends meet and deserve their day in court.

  • Our attorneys have pursued impact litigation all the way to Montana’s Supreme Court, helping to level the playing field for all Montanans.
  • Our staff works with clients statewide and within Montana’s Tribal Courts.
  • We are nationally recognized for our forward-thinking approach to civil legal aid and for our use of technology to advance the cause of justice for all in Montana.

Why Should You Apply?

  • Live your values and put your passion or degree to work by advocating for people who deserve a voice in our legal system.
  • MLSA has a full-time 35 hour work week!
  • We offer company-paid health, dental, vision and life insurance; a 403(b) retirement plan; and eligibility for a health reimbursement (HRA) or health savings account (HSA). MLSA contributes $1,600 to employees each year for an HRA or HSA.
  • MLSA is a Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) organization and additionally, attorney staff may be eligible for up to three separate Loan Repayment Assistance programs run through the Legal Services Corporation, Montana Justice Foundation, and MLSA. For attorneys, this additional amount for student loans can be anywhere from $2,400 - $14,200. MLSA's Loan Repayment Assistance Program is also available to non-attorney staff.
  • We offer a generous paid leave package, including 3 weeks of annual leave, sick leave, and a wellness leave program.
  • If you move from another town in Montana to join us, we offer up to $500 for relocation reimbursement or $1,000 if you move from out of state.
  • Access to free CLE seminars and opportunities to attend national conferences and trainings.

Open Positions

Community Justice Worker

The Community Justice Worker (CJW) is responsible for working alongside attorneys to provide legal information, advice, and brief service to clients with problems in the areas of law for which they are trained, which will include public benefits and may include housing, domestic violence, or debt collection.  The CJW will be part of a nationwide, community-driven movement to increase access to justice and legal assistance for low-income clients by interviewing/screening applicants and prospective clients for service, drafting documents, routine pleadings, and correspondence, performing basic legal and factual research, coordinating community education about legal topics, and other duties as assigned.  The CJW will also coordinate with a cohort of other CJWs throughout the United States.  To review the job description and apply, click here.

 

Tribal Law Legal Assistant

The Legal Assistant will provide administrative and outreach support for the Tribal Law Attorney and the Tribal Law Practice Group (TLPG). This legal assistant position provides pro se assistance to clients and coordinates communication between the applicants, clients, intake specialists, and the Tribal Law Attorney regarding case status. To review the job description and apply, click here.

 

To Apply

Apply for positions online here. Screening of applications will begin immediately and the positions will remain open until filled.

MLSA is an equal opportunity employer and we consider the diversity of our staff to be vital to our organization's success. We strongly encourage and welcome people of all cultures, races, educational backgrounds, life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, ages, genders, and physical abilities to apply.