Employment & Fellowships

With a diverse staff that includes over 60 attorneys, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles is one of the largest public interest law firms, providing comprehensive legal services to approximately 80,000 poor and low-income people each year.

LAFLA offers a variety of employment opportunities for attorneys, paralegals, support staff and those seeking fellowships. We also offer paid work opportunities for law students each summer. We provide an excellent benefits package including full health, dental, and 403(b) plan, comp time and generous vacation time after a qualifying period. Bilingual Spanish, Korean, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Japanese and Khmer speakers are strongly encouraged to apply.

LAFLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates are chosen solely on merit without discrimination because of age, race, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability.

Law Student Opportunities

Law students have the opportunity to volunteer in one of LAFLA’s five neighborhood offices or four Self-Help Legal Access Centers throughout the year. Law student volunteers work directly with LAFLA staff to support our work. Students may have the opportunity to meet with clients, draft pleadings and assist in litigation.

Interested students can apply for both school year externships and summer positions through our online application. Due to the high volume of applicants, only individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

Fellowships

LAFLA invites recent law school graduates interested in pursuing a public interest legal career to submit fellowship applications. In past years, LAFLA has hosted fellows from various programs, including Skadden, Equal Justice Works and school-based fellowships.

School-Based Fellowships

LAFLA welcomes proposals from law students who are interested in applying for fellowships. We will consider any proposal from well-qualified applicants in any of our practice areas. We look favorably on proposals with a strong pro bono component. Please include in your application the description of the fellowship offered by your law school (including compensation, duration, etc.).

Other Fellow Projects

LAFLA regularly sponsors applicants seeking Skadden or Equal Justice Works Fellowships. If you are interested in developing a proposal with LAFLA to pursue these fellowships, you should begin developing your application early, as applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Fellowship Application Procedure

Please send or e-mail a letter describing potential projects and the fellowships for which you plan to apply, along with a resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample to Pro Bono Director Phong Wong.

Bilingual Spanish, Korean, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Japanese and Khmer speakers are strongly encouraged to apply.

Office Locations

We also have three Domestic Violence Clinics, located at the Superior Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Courthouse and the Long Beach Courthouse.

LAFLA operates four Self-Help Legal Access Centers located in the Inglewood, Long Beach, Santa Monica and Torrance courthouses.