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At Legal Aid Society, we're not just a team; we're a community built on providing hope to those around us. We encourage a work environment that fosters collaboration, innovation, and continuous learning. We value diversity and inclusion, recognizing that a variety of perspectives strengthens our ability to address complex legal challenges. Whether you are an experienced attorney, a paralegal, or an administrative professional, the Legal Aid Society is committed to supporting your professional growth and providing a platform for you to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

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What We Offer

GREAT BENEFITS

Legal Aid Society provides competitive benefits and opportunities for professional development. Full-time employees are given access to dental, vision, and health insurance, retirement plans and other benefits. Legal Aid Society has a generous leave policy, including sick leave, vacation, and parental leave.

Supportive Team Environment

Legal Aid Society has an incredible staff. As the largest non-profit law firm with a 48-county coverage area, LAS is made up of many subject matter experts and general practitioners, as well as a team of paralegals, victim advocates, administrative staff, volunteers, and support staff. The employees at Legal Aid Society are always willing to help a coworker learn and grow in their career.

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Open Positions

Advocate

May 21, 2024 Comments Off on Advocate
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Salary $46,000.00 – $53,000.00 per year The Advocate takes on the role of the main point of contact for individuals affected by domestic violence and those dealing with landlord-tenant issues.…

Managing Attorney

May 9, 2024 Comments Off on Managing Attorney
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Salary $93,000.00 – $108,000.00 per year The Managing Attorney will oversee day-to-day operations at the Cookeville, TN office, which includes managing a staff of 8, including 4 attorneys. This position…

HBE Legal Intake Specialist

May 9, 2024 Comments Off on HBE Legal Intake Specialist
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Salary $40,000.00 – $45,000.00 per year Hybrid work schedule in Nashville, TN 37217 The Intake Specialist will interview clients, screen and complete initial intake information for new cases, and enter…

ERTC Housing Navigator

May 9, 2024 Comments Off on ERTC Housing Navigator
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Salary: $46,000-$53,000 per year The Eviction Right to Counsel Program is a grant-funded project where low- and moderate-income tenants facing eviction receive legal representation to ensure equity and inclusion in…

Fellowships and Internships

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands frequently sponsors candidates for public interest fellowships, including Skadden and Equal Justice Works fellowships. LAS will also consider sponsoring candidates for other fellowships for which they may be eligible.

LAS will consider prospective fellowship candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to public interest legal work and who are dedicated to working with low income and vulnerable individuals and families to obtain the basic necessities of life.

How to Apply:

Prospective fellowship candidates should should complete our fellowship application by clicking "APPLY" button below. The application needs to be submitted atleast six months before the fellowship deadline. Have questions? Please include the information below in your application.

  • Resume
  • Cover letter including a brief outline of the fellowship project proposal
  • Writing sample
  • Law school transcript (unofficial is acceptable)

APPLY

If accepted, LAS will work with the fellowship candidate to develop a full proposal that is compatible with our mission, service priorities, and other agency guidelines.

LAS also frequently hosts new attorneys who receive stipends or bridge loans from their law schools. For more information on those opportunities, please see Volunteer Opportunities.

Have Questions? Please email fellowship@las.org.

Legal Aid Society is a private, non-profit organization that provides free legal services to people with low income. Legal Aid Society's mission is to advance, defend and enforce the legal rights of low-income and vulnerable people in order to secure for them the basic necessities of life. We have 8 offices that serve 48 Tennessee counties. Legal Aid Society concentrates on 5 main areas of law practice: Family/Immigration, Health & Benefits, Consumer/Tax, Housing/Home Retention, and Employment.

LASMTC extends an invitation to law students enrolled in accredited law schools to submit applications for our legal internship opportunities. We offer internships during the spring, summer, and fall terms. The main purpose of these internships is to provide valuable and hands-on experiences in our organization's daily operations working alongside our attorneys and staff. We eagerly welcome fresh perspectives, innovative ideas, and genuine enthusiasm for non-profit endeavors. Students interested in a summer internship must be prepared to devote a minimum time commitment of 20 hours per week for at least 10 weeks. Students interested in Fall and Spring internships must be prepared to devote a minimum time commitment of 10 hours per week for at least 8 weeks.

Available Locations: Nashville, Clarksville, Columbia, Cookeville, Gallatin, Murfreesboro, Oak Ridge, Tullahoma

Paid Internships:

LASMTC acknowledges that unpaid internships can create and further exacerbate racial and economic disparities that currently exist in our communities and run the risk of unequal socioeconomic and racial representation within the pool of applicants. Therefore, LASMTC has established a paid internship program for law students interested in pursuing a career in public interest law. Our paid internships are designed to attract a diverse pool of talented and motivated law students who are committed to our organization’s mission.

Unpaid Internships:

These legal interns are unpaid volunteers who work either for experience and/or for academic credit.

Qualifications:

  • Students enrolled in an accredited law program.
  • A demonstrated, strong dedication to public interest law as evidenced by relevant experience and coursework.
  • Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills.
  • Proficiency in using MS Office applications.
  • While not mandatory, knowledge of foreign languages would be considered a beneficial asset.

How to apply:

Prospective internship candidates should complete our internship application by clicking "APPLY" button below. Have questions? Email internships@las.org.

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume and/or University Transcript (will accept unofficial copies)
  • Three Professional References with email & phone numbers.

Important: Please identify each office and semester you would like to apply for in the first paragraph of your cover letter.  You may apply for multiple offices in one submission.

Deadlines to Apply:

  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Spring

APPLY

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

Additionally, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands frequently sponsors candidates for public interest fellowships, including Skadden and Equal Justice Works fellowships. LAS will also consider sponsoring candidates for other fellowships for which they may be eligible.