Working for Legal Services in Arkansas
Public interest attorneys in Arkansas can work for the Center for Arkansas Legal Services or Legal Aid of Arkansas, Inc., public interest non-profit law firms providing free legal services to low-income Arkansans. Public interest attorneys have been participating in this type of service in Arkansas since the 1960s.
Private practice attorneys interested in pro bono work can click here.
Legal Aid of Arkansas, Inc.
Americorps VISTA Capacity Builder (five positions)
The Americorps VISTA program will have five full-time members whose projects will focus on building permanent capacity and infrastructure for Legal Aid. The VISTA members will help implement Legal Aid's strategic vision of having a more fully integrated statewide legal services system that provides services in the most impactful and efficient manner. Click here to apply.
Spring Break on the Road to Justice (six positions)
This year the focus will be on Fair Housing. Students will be trained to conduct fair housing tests, then do at least one test in person and one by phone. Commitment will be from Monday at noon until Wednesday at 3 p.m. Sixteen total volunteer hours are required. Mileage and per diem provided as necessary. Successful testers may be retained for future testing. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Please send your resume by email to Lee Richardson, Executive Director of Legal Aid of Arkansas, at [email protected].
AmeriCorps JD (multiple positions)
Gain first-hand experience and legal skills in areas such as client intake and interview, representation, legal education and outreach, and research and writing. Complete 300 service hours to receive an education award voucher of $1,230.69. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Please send your resume by email to Lee Richardson, Executive Director of Legal Aid of Arkansas, at [email protected].
- Two positions will be supporting Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps attorneys working on Elder Abuse in Harrison and Springdale.
- One position will be supporting our veterans service project from our Springdale office and at outreach locations in Fayetteville and elsewhere. This position will have a $3,000 living allowance in addition to the education award.
- Additional AmeriCorps JD applications will be considered for the summer of 2017 for the Legal Aid Offices in West Memphis, Newport, Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, and Jonesboro.
Rural Summer Legal Corps
The Summer Legal Corps fellow will help Legal Aid of Arkansas better serve survivors of domestic and sexual violence in the rural Ozark region. The fellow will assist in representing clients in Order of Protection hearings and must be Rule XV eligible. The fellow will also network with community partners, such as shelters and prosecutors' offices; conduct legal needs assessments; and conduct legal outreach, education, and in-person intake to this population. Apply only for this position here. Additionally, please send your resume by email to Lee Richardson, Executive Director of Legal Aid of Arkansas, at [email protected]. along with a notice of your intent to seek the position. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. The fellow will serve 8–10 weeks and receive a $5,000 stipend. Placement will be in our Harrison or Newport office.