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Last Modified: 01/10/2022

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is one of the Nonprofit Times' Best Nonprofits to work for!

Make a Difference

Nearly 1 million people in Central Florida need legal help, but many cannot afford it.

Be a part of an organization making a difference in the Central Florida community. As an Orlando Business Journal’s 2021 Best Places to Work Honoree, Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is a full service civil legal aid law firm that promotes equal access to justice, which is a core American value. We offer an excellent benefit package, generous paid time off, 100% 403B match, and professional & intellectual growth.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer: We value a diverse workforce and the promotion of inclusive culture at all levels.

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida does not discriminate against any employee or qualified applicant for employment on the basis of age, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, marital or familial status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sex, disability, socio-economic position, religion, political belief, protected genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal or State law.

We are fortunate to receive a considerable number of applications from highly qualified individuals, and will only contact those candidates who best match the position requirements to begin the interview process.

Internships, Externships, and Volunteering

Are you an attorney looking for rewarding volunteer opportunities. Are you a law student or pre-law student looking for an internship/externship? Maybe a paralegal wanting to obtain legal experience while giving back?  Find out more about our volunteer opportunities by visiting this page.

Open Attorney Positions

With our continued growth in meeting the needs of Central Floridians, CLSMF has a continuous need for Attorneys to work on our Helpline part-time.

Part Time Helpline Attorney (Orlando or Sanford)

Application Deadline: Ongoing Opportunity

Description:

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc. (CLSMF), is seeking a part-time Staff Attorney for the CLSMF Helpline. In this position, the attorney will:

  1. Provide advice, brief services, and referrals in various areas of civil law.
  2. Demonstrate a commitment to understanding and addressing issues of the low-income and vulnerable population that CLSMF serves.
  3. Determine client eligibility for legal services in accordance with firm policies and procedures.
  4. Empower and counsel pro se litigants through various civil legal issues while providing local community resources for a holistic approach in addition to conducting an initial client consultation, identifying assessing and analyzing a variety of civil legal issues, conducting research, and preparing pro se pleadings/letters.
  5. The position also requires the ability to learn and utilize multiple computer platforms and technology for matters such as client interactions, case management, and phone systems. In addition, an individual in this position must maintain professional and legal knowledge through continuing education.
  6. This is a part-time position that includes a minimum of 24 hours per week with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on business needs to perform duties, attend meetings and/or other functions within or outside the CLSMF 12-county service area.

Qualifications:

  • Must be admitted in good standing to practice law in Florida. Bilingual (English/Spanish) highly preferred.
  • No prior experience in any particular area of the law is required, however, experience in civil litigation or working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters is preferred.
  • Experience with working in a rapid-paced environment with a high capacity to prioritize and manage simultaneous tasks.
  • The successful candidate will have a highly approachable presentation, organizational skills, and the ability to effectively and consistently engage and collaborate with a diverse constituency.
  • Must possess excellent legal and community partnership skills and be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365).
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

With our continued growth in meeting the needs of Central Floridians, CLSMF has a continuous need for Attorneys to work on our Helpline part-time.

CLSMF is currently searching for a service-minded, mission driven individuals to fulfill the following position:

Full Time Helpline Attorney (Orlando or Sanford)

Application Deadline: Ongoing Opportunity

Description:

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc. (CLSMF), is seeking a full-time Staff Attorney for the CLSMF Helpline. In this position, the attorney will:

  1. Provide advice, brief services, and referrals in various areas of civil law.
  2. Demonstrate a commitment to understanding and addressing issues of the low-income and vulnerable population that CLSMF serves.
  3. Determine client eligibility for legal services in accordance with firm policies and procedures.
  4. Empower and counsel pro se litigants through various civil legal issues while providing local community resources for a holistic approach in addition to conducting an initial client consultation, identifying assessing and analyzing a variety of civil legal issues, conducting research, and preparing pro se pleadings/letters.
  5. The position also requires the ability to learn and utilize multiple computer platforms and technology for matters such as client interactions, case management, and phone systems. In addition, an individual in this position must maintain professional and legal knowledge through continuing education.
  6. This is a full-time position that may require the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on business needs to perform duties, attend meetings and/or other functions within or outside the CLSMF 12-county service area.

Qualifications:

  • Must be admitted in good standing to practice law in Florida. Bilingual (English/Spanish) highly preferred.
  • No prior experience in any particular area of the law is required, however, experience in civil litigation or working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters is preferred.
  • Experience with working in a rapid-paced environment with a high capacity to prioritize and manage simultaneous tasks.
  • The successful candidate will have a highly approachable presentation, organizational skills, and the ability to effectively and consistently engage and collaborate with a diverse constituency.
  • Must possess excellent legal and community partnership skills and be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365).
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

We are seeking a Family Law Staff Attorney for our dynamic, no-profit law firm within the 5th circuit (Citrus, Hernando, Marion, and Lake).

Staff Attorney Family Law (Regional)

Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

Description:

The Staff Attorney is to provide:

  1. High quality legal services by representing and advising clients regarding their family law matters.
  2. This position is responsible for representing low income and/or vulnerable clients on a broad range of family legal matters which includes regular court appearances, hearings, and trials in both State and Federal courts.
  3. This position also includes regular client interaction including completing intakes, conducting interviews, and providing advice and counsel.
  4. The candidate in this role will research and interpret laws, rulings, and regulations applicable to cases assigned as well as prepare and review legal writings such as pleadings, orders, discovery, and other documents for the court or government agencies.
  5. The individual in this key role will negotiate and draft settlement agreements and conduct or participate in outreach events or activities of the unit and organization.
  6. This is a Full-time position with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on business needs to perform duties, attend meetings and/or other functions throughout the CLSMF 12 county service area.

Qualifications:

  • Must be admitted in good standing to practice law in Florida. Bilingual (English/Spanish) highly preferred. Minimum of 3 – 5 years’ experience in civil litigation or working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters.
  • Experience with subject matter areas within the area of family law, with a high capacity to prioritize, manage simultaneous tasks, and meet strict deadlines within a rapid-paced environment.
  • Ability to advocate consistently and zealously for clients in the regions we serve.
  • Successful candidate will have highly approachable presentation, organizational skills, and the ability to effectively and consistently engage and collaborate with a diverse constituency of community stakeholders and organizations.
  • Must possess excellent legal and community partnership skills and be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365).
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

Paralegal, Legal Assistant, and Advocate Positions

We are seeking qualified applicants to fill the position of Family Law Paralegal for our dynamic, non-profit law firm.

Paralegal Family Law (Regional)

Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

Description:

The individual in this role is key to assisting the staff attorneys with:

  1. Developing cases by maintaining client files, investigating facts, and conducting research.
  2. A candidate in this position will be responsible for drafting memos, motions, pleadings, and other documents.
  3. Experience with filing documents with the court is preferred.
  4. This position involves regular client interaction including completing intakes, conducting interviews, processing client referrals, and coordinating appointments.
  5. As support to the staff attorney, additional tasks will include a variety of secretarial, administrative duties, and detailed tasks as assigned.
  6. This is a full-time position with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on business needs to perform duties, attend meetings and/or other functions within or outside the CLSMF 12-county service area.

Qualifications:

  • Legal Studies Education and/or Paralegal certification. Minimum of 1 – 3 years’ experience in civil litigation or working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters.
  • Ability to advocate consistently and zealously for clients in the regions we serve.
  • Highly self-motivated, professional, and capable of independently managing workload while prioritizing tasks in a fast-paced legal environment with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent phone manner and professional customer service ability required, with superior organizational and highly polished communication and writing skills.
  • Must be computer literate using Word, Excel, and Microsoft Suite and possess excellent typing skills.
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

We are seeking a qualified applicant to fill the position of Family Law Paralegal for our dynamic, non-profit law firm in our Sanford office.

Paralegal Family Law (Sanford)

Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

Description:

The individual in this role is key to assisting the staff attorney with:

  1. Developing cases by maintaining client files, investigating facts, and conducting research.
  2. A candidate in this position will be responsible for drafting memos, motions, pleadings, and other documents.
  3. Experience with filing documents with the court is preferred.
  4. This position involves regular client interaction including completing intakes, conducting interviews, processing client referrals, and coordinating appointments.
  5. As support to the staff attorney, additional tasks will include a variety of secretarial, administrative duties, and detailed tasks as assigned.
  6. This is a full-time position with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on business needs to perform duties, attend meetings and/or other functions within or outside the CLSMF 12-county service area.

Qualifications:

  • Legal Studies Education and/or Paralegal certification. Minimum of 1 – 3 years’ experience in civil litigation or working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters.
  • Ability to advocate consistently and zealously for clients in the regions we serve.
  • Highly self-motivated, professional, and capable of independently managing workload while prioritizing tasks in a fast-paced legal environment with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent phone manner and professional customer service ability required, with superior organizational and highly polished communication and writing skills.
  • Must be computer literate using Word, Excel, and Microsoft Suite and possess excellent typing skills.
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

Administrative and Management Positions