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Make a difference by becoming a member of AmeriCorps and being placed at Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS)

There are 5 AmeriCorps Opportunities available for lawyers, law students or aspiring law students to begin in September 2021

GBLS is the primary provider of free, non-criminal legal assistance in the Greater Boston area, assisting low-income individuals, families, and community-based organizations with a wide range of poverty law matters. Our staff work in the following specialized units to best address the problems faced by the people in our service area living in poverty: Asian Outreach, Elder, Health and Disability, Employment, Family, Consumer Rights, Housing, Immigration, Welfare, the Mass. Medicare Advocacy Project and Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) & Re-entry Project. In addition, our Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services Office (CASLS) offers legal assistance in a number of these areas to residents of Cambridge, Somerville and surrounding towns. Placements are available in the Consumer Rights Unit, Welfare Unit, Housing Unit, Employment Unit and Cambridge and Somerville Office.  

AmeriCorps members will serve as legal assistants under the direct supervision of an experienced GBLS legal professional, many of whom are considered national experts in their respective areas of poverty law. Their responsibilities may involve provision of advice, referrals, brief service, and direct representation of clients at administrative hearings; participation in community education and outreach activities, as well as other related work. If attorney, the AmeriCorps would primarily handle their own caseload.

Terms/Benefits: Members making a one year service commitment, and who complete their 1,700 hour service commitment will receive: $26,000 taxable yearly living allowance (paid bi-weekly); a $6,195 education award (payable on completion of the service term); health insurance; day care assistance, if eligible; hands-on supervised exposure to the practice of law and the ability to place eligible student loans in forbearance with interest paid upon completion of service.

Eligibility/Qualifications: Members must be at least 17 years of age, be a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national, or a lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S. In addition, candidates must be college graduates with an interest in attending law school, attending law school at night, or a law school graduate with an interest in public service law. Proficiency in a non-English language desirable. Education Requirement: Bachelor’s Degree, JD’s encouraged to apply. Training will be provided.
Sponsorship: The AmeriCorps placements at GBLS are part of the Legal Assistance for Self-Sufficiency Program, run under the auspices of the South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. The program is funded through the Corporation for National Community and Service, and administered through the Massachusetts Service Alliance. 

Interested individuals must complete and submit an application online at https://www.ala-mass.org/how-to-apply. 

GBLS is an AA/EO/accessible employer committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets.



Greater Boston Legal Services, Inc. (GBLS) will sponsor a limited number of applicants for two national fellowship programs: Equal Justice Works and the Skadden Fellowship Program.  Both programs require applicants to develop a proposed project with a sponsoring legal agency.  Selections for the fellowships are made by the national programs and not by GBLS. Because of the time needed to develop projects acceptable to GBLS and the applicants, interested persons should contact GBLS as soon as possible. Earlier applicants will have an advantage.

GBLS is the oldest and largest legal services program in New England. Throughout its history, GBLS has been committed to providing aggressive high-quality civil legal services to as many poor people as possible. The people who seek our assistance most often are women and children who need protection from abuse; families and elderly who face eviction from their homes; the homeless who have been denied temporary or permanent shelter; and single parents who have been inappropriately refused welfare, food stamps, or medical benefits. GBLS also provides assistance to client groups such as the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, the Massachusetts Senior Action Council, and the tenants of the Boston Housing Authority.

GBLS' main office, located at 197 Friend Street in downtown Boston, houses the administrative staff and the following specialized units:  Family, Elderly, Health & Disability, Medicare Advocacy Project, Housing, Immigration, Harvard Immigration Clinic, Employment, CORI & Re-Entry Project, Welfare, Asian Outreach and Consumer Rights.  GBLS’ Cambridge office consists of advocate teams comprised of Family, Housing, Elder, Income, and Mental Health & Disability Rights.

GBLS encourages applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program

The goals of the Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program are to serve under represented communities; create new public interest law positions; select a diverse group of highly qualified fellows; and develop future leaders in public interest law.

Terms: Salary provided for two full years, loan repayment assistance, national training programs; fringe benefits to be paid by GBLS.

Eligibility: Must have graduated from an Equal Justice Works Member Law School before September 2024 with a J.D. or LL.M. Experienced attorneys who are committed to public interest law are encouraged to apply.  

Application procedure: In addition to submitting an application and other related information, applicants should develop, in conjunction with GBLS, a new project to benefit under represented communities. Applications must be submitted online through the Equal Justice Works website at www.equaljusticeworks.org. Hard copies or email copies of the application will not be accepted. 

Application and Selection Timetable:

Application opens online: May 10, 2023
GBLS deadline: July 31, 2023
Fellow alumni review & score applications: October 2023
EJW Application deadline: September 13, 2023
Interviews Begin for Selected Candidates: November 2023 - April 2024
Candidates selected for Fellowships on a rolling basis: November 2023 - April 2024
Fellows commence work: September 2024

Interested individuals must submit a cover letter and resume to the Personnel Team at jobs@gbls.org with the subject line “Fellowship Opportunities”. Please include in your cover letter a proposed project and indicate unit of interest.


GBLS encourages applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

For more information on the EJW Fellowship Program, please go to www.equaljusticeworks.org

Skadden Fellowship Program

The goal of the Skadden Fellowship Program is to provide support to 2024 law school graduates and outgoing judicial law clerks who want to work at an organization that provides civil legal services to the poor, including the homeless, the elderly, the disabled, or those deprived of their civil or human rights.

Terms: Salary and fringe benefits provided for two full years.
Eligibility: 2024 law school graduates or outgoing law clerks who are not receiving any other fellowship or prize monies for the Skadden Fellowship duration are eligible.  The grant-making panel will consider the worthiness of the proposed project’s goals as well as the applicant’s competency, character, and commitment.

Application procedure: Applicants should email an application, a proposed project, and additional information in conjunction with GBLS, the sponsoring organization to skadden.foundation@skadden.com. The application can be downloaded at www.skaddenfellowships.org

Application and Selection Timetable:

GBLS deadline:     July 31, 2023
Application deadline:  September 8, 2023
Finalists notified: November 10, 2023
Fellows commence work: September 2024

Interested individuals must submit a cover letter and resume to the Personnel Department by email at jobs@gbls.org with the subject line “Fellowship Opportunities”. Please include in your cover letter a proposed project and indicate unit of interest.

GBLS encourages applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. 
For more information on the Skadden Fellowship Program, please go to www.skaddenfellowships.org