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General Law Unit Staff Attorney

Atlanta Legal Aid Society seeks a staff attorney to work in its General Law Unit.  The unit is housed within Atlanta Legal Aid’s Downtown office. The staff is comprised of a managing attorney, three staff attorneys, a paralegal, and one support staff. Attorneys in the General Law Unit represent low-income persons in Fulton County in a wide variety of civil law problems, using a variety of methods, including community education, brief service, advice and referral, transactional work, negotiation, mediation, and litigation. The attorneys handle a mixed caseload, including housing, consumer, employment, health, public benefits, and education law issues. Attorneys provide community education to low-income persons and are encouraged to participate in local bar and social service associations. 


Qualifications: Qualified candidates must have a juris doctor degree from an accredited law school. Compassion and patience, excellent communication and listening skills, ability to work in a team or alone, adaptability, excellent legal writing skills, a solid work ethic and an appreciation for diversity and inclusion are required. We also require a Georgia bar license or eligibility for the next exam. Demonstrated commitment to public service, participation in law school clinics, pro bono projects, familiarity with areas of poverty law, and previous work with low-income persons is strongly preferred. Fluency in Spanish is highly valued in applicant selection.  

Terms:  Salary is commensurate with experience. The salary for a licensed attorney with 2 years’ legal experience starts at $53,000. The program provides generous fringe benefits, including paid holidays, vacation, sick, and paid parental leave; health, life, and long and short-term disability insurance; partial payment for dependent health insurance; a 403(b) retirement plan with a program match; a salary reduction option for a flexible spending account; and educational loan reimbursement up to $600 per month (after a $65 deductible); CLE expenses; and Georgia Bar dues.


To apply: A complete application packet must include a letter of application, résumé, recent writing sample demonstrating your ability to perform legal research and analyze a fact pattern, the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three legal references, and an official law school transcript (a copy is acceptable, pending your order of an official transcript).


Please e-mail your application as one PDF document using our online application system:


Your application will be acknowledged. No telephone calls please.


EOE: ALAS considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected status.

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