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Why Work (or Intern) at CLS?

Why Work (or Intern) at CLS?

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Community Legal Services is one of the nation’s most successful civil legal services programs, focusing on individual representation and systemic and law reform advocacy.  CLS staff serves as catalysts to change for our clients in low-income communities throughout Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and often nationally. A career or internship with CLS is an exciting, enriching and challenging experience where you will be able to insure low-income individuals and families obtain equal access to justice and make systemic change.

CLS attorneys are nationally recognized experts in their areas of specialty.  Our attorneys are regularly quoted in and contribute to local and national media such as the Philadelphia Inquirer, the New York Times, National Public Radio, and major network and cable news broadcasts.  Additionally, CLS attorneys have testified before the U.S. Congress and are regularly consulted on legislation at the local, state and federal level.

What types of jobs are available with CLS:

CLS offers a variety of employment opportunities for attorneys, interns & externs (summer & school-year), paralegals, and administrative and development staff.  CLS regularly hosts attorney fellowships and annually seeks candidates interested in CLS sponsorship and support for submission of application for fellowship with a variety of fellowship funding organizations.

What are the types of issues and area of focus does CLS work on?

As a large, urban program in the nation’s 5th largest city, CLS offers substantial opportunities for staff to accept the exciting challenge of delivering high quality legal services to a diverse client population.  Our advocacy includes direct representation as well as policy advocacy, community education, and impact litigation.  CLS provides excellent training and professional growth for all staff because of the richness of the advocacy that is provided to our clients.

Annually CLS serves more than 11,500 eligible clients, providing assistance on diverse and overlapping civil legal problems which include:

  • social security/SSI
  • consumer protection
  • domestic violence
  • public assistance
  • landlord-tenant
  • bankruptcy
  • child welfare
  • employment problems
  • public utility access and rates
  • medical assistance
  • veteran’s benefits
  • health
  • civil rights
  • food assistance (SNAP/Food Stamps)
  • rights of limited English proficient individuals

Click here to read our Diversity & Inclusion Committee mission statement.

Community Legal Services, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.  CLS, Inc. does not discriminate in the selection of employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status.