Legal Fellowship Opportunities

MLSA invites interested law students or others to submit ideas about potential fellowship opportunities. We look for applicants who have a demonstrated commitment to legal aid or experience working with people living in poverty.  Funding for fellowship positions is highly competitive, and time intensive. MLSA will evaluate whether or not we have the capacity to sponsor a Fellow on a case-by-case basis, including an assessment of whether the proposal fits within MLSA’s core legal services delivery system.

If you would like to explore a fellowship opportunity at MLSA, please email  [email protected] and place “Fellowship Proposal” in the subject line.

Legal Internship Opportunities

Legal internships are available for 1L-3L law students. Law student interns work side by side with MLSA attorneys in an effort to provide, protect, and enhance access to justice. Interns may be placed in Missoula, Billings or Helena, depending on MLSA’s current needs and available office space. Projects may relate to housing, consumer law, self-help legal assistance, or other areas of law. Interns are asked to commit to at least three months with MLSA.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume, three references, and a writing sample to [email protected].

Alexander Blewett III School of Law Clinic Placements

MLSA is proud to coordinate with the Alexander Blewett III (University of Montana) School of Law to provide a clinical educational opportunity for third year law students. Students are placed in an MLSA office under the supervision of experienced attorneys and receive school credit for their work.

Rural Incubator Project for Lawyers

MLSA invites attorneys interested in providing greater access to justice for clients in rural and underserved communities across Montana and the Tribal Nations to join RIPL and gain invaluable training, experience, mentorship, and resources to successfully launch their solo or small law practice career. RIPL is a 24-month legal incubator program designed to prepare recently admitted attorneys to start successful law practices and help Montanans and tribal members that fall in the gap between qualifying for free MLSA services and affording a private attorney at prevailing market rates.  Participants are expected to attend regular CLE sessions, provide pro bono and modest means services to low- and moderate-income Montanans, and make a commitment to provide legal services to underserved and rural communities.

We are now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 RIPL program. Application and admission are on a rolling basis. The Fall Bootcamp is tentatively scheduled for September 30 - October 2, 2019, in Helena. To apply, submit a letter of interest and resume to [email protected] Click here for a full description of the fellowship opportunity and application requirements.

Justice for Montanans AmeriCorps Program

The Justice for Montanans AmeriCorps Program is a State AmeriCorps Program that places AmeriCorps Members at MLSA and partner organizations in communities throughout the state, where they help address unmet legal needs for low income Montanans. Positions are filled on an annual basis. Please visit the Justice for Montanans page for information on specific positions and how to apply.

The Montana Legal Services Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be treated fairly, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other factor protected by law.