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.
  • 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 $1,250 to employees each year for an HRA or HSA.
  • MLSA is a Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) organization and additionally, attorney staff can be eligible for up to three separate Loan Repayment Assistance programs run through the Legal Services Corporation, Montana Justice Foundation, and MLSA. MLSA's Loan Repayment Assistance Program is also available to non-attorney staff.
  • We offer a generous paid leave package, including annual, personal, 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

Domestic Violence Staff Attorney in Red Lodge

This Staff Attorney position will provide poverty law services to domestic violence victims throughout the state of Montana, concentrating their work in Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Park and Meagher counties. Poverty law services will primarily be in the area of family law and orders of protection, although other areas of law, such as housing, public benefits and consumer, will be addressed as appropriate to the client. For more information, and to apply to the job, please follow this link.

Staff Attorney - Friendship Center

The Domestic Violence Staff Attorney position will provide civil legal assistance to clients of the Friendship Center and to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Lewis & Clark, Broadwater, and Jefferson Counties. The position will be based at the Helena office of the Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA). Services provided will handle all aspects of legal representation for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, including client contact, pleading preparation, research, file maintenance, and hearing and trial work. Areas of law covered will include all aspects of civil poverty law, but will be focused primarily on family law and Orders of Protection. The staff attorney will also participate in MLSA’s statewide initiatives, implement grant and contract requirements through casework and foster pro bono involvement with the private bar. For more information, and to apply to the job, please follow this link.

Domestic Violence Staff Attorney - Missoula

This Staff Attorney position will provide poverty law services to domestic and sexual violence victims throughout the state of Montana. Grant funding at present concentrates services for this position in Western Montana, primarily the communities of Missoula and Hamilton, and on serving American Indians from the Blackfeet and Flathead Reservations, and members of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians.For more information, and to apply to the job, please follow this link.

Community Legal Education Coordinator

The Community Legal Education Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating MLSA’s community education activities for clients. MLSA has a robust community education campaign that includes web-based resources, outreach events and print materials, and a social media client-focused campaign. The Community Legal Education Coordinator also will be responsible for project management in connection with MLSA’s technology projects relating to community education and outreach. For more information, and to apply to the job, please follow this link.

Intake/Office Assistant

The Intake/Office Assistant offers support, advocacy, information, and referrals to applicants for services, clients, and the general public. The position will interview potential applicants for legal services who may be under stress of legal action, elicit factual information from applicants, analyze the type of legal problem presented to determine whether MLSA may assist, or whether a referral is appropriate, and evaluate legal need and financial eligibility of the applicant. The intake specialist may also provide pro se “in one’s own behalf” assistance to individuals throughout Montana. For more information, and to apply to the job, please follow this link.

Finance Associate

This position is primarily responsible for MLSA’s accounts payable. Duties also include assisting with other financial functions, including invoicing, grant compliance and financial reporting for MLSA.  For more information, and to apply to the job, please follow this link.

Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project (YHDP) Navigator

The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project (YHDP) Navigator will provide project management and development for MLSA’s Youth and Young Adult (YYA) Legal Housing Project while also serving as a single point of contact for YYA who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and are in need of legal services. The Navigator will work with a statewide network of organizations dedicated to serving homeless and at-risk YYA in order to provide these services. For more information, and to apply to the job, please follow this link.

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.