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Founded in 1905, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland is the fifth-oldest legal aid society in the world and has a strong history of securing justice in Northeast Ohio for and with people with low income. Legal Aid serves five counties in Northeast Ohio - Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain. Our mission is to secure justice, equity, and access to opportunity for and with people who have low incomes through passionate legal representation and advocacy for systemic change.

Legal Aid's mission, vision, and values are guided by our current Strategic Plan. This plan, a board-led process in partnership with staff and informed by community input, went into effect on January 1, 2023 and will carry the organization forward through 2026. It builds on the work accomplished during the last decade, and challenges Legal Aid to be more responsive to individual and systemic issues and foster new and deeper partnerships. The plan outlines Legal Aid’s vision – communities in which all people experience dignity and justice, free from poverty and oppression. It elevates core values that shape our culture, support our decision-making, and guide our behavior:

  • We pursue racial justice and equity.
  • We treat everyone with respect, inclusion, and dignity.
  • We do high-quality work.
  • We prioritize our clients and communities.
  • We work in solidarity.

Learn more by reviewing the highlights from our current Strategic Plan.

Use the "View Jobs at Legal Aid" button, or click here to see all current open positions.  You must apply for current open positions through this portalUnless otherwise noted, all positions have a rolling deadline and remain posted until filled.  For priority consideration, apply soon!

Not seeing the right fit via the above button, but are otherwise interested in working at Legal Aid?  Simply send your resume to with a resume and note highlighting your interest.

Staff Positions:

Externships and Summer Associate Positions:

  • 2024 SUMMER ASSOCIATE Program: Legal Aid is looking for dedicated, hard-working, and public-interest minded law students to work in Legal Aid’s four Northeast Ohio offices for our 2024 summer associate program.  The application process closes on February 18, 2024 - click here to learn more.
  • EXTERNSHIPS: Legal Aid engages paralegal and law students in the fall and spring semesters - click here to learn more.

Volunteer / Pro Bono Positions:

  • Learn about full-time, part-time, and occasional volunteer possibilities by clicking here.

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Learn more about working at The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland 

Legal Aid offers an exceptional benefits package including:

  • Healthcare Insurance
  • Flexible Benefits Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Basic and Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan with up to 13% Employer Contribution
  • Financial Planning Assistance
  • Paid Time Off
  • Alternative Work Programs including flexible works hours, part-time work hours and telecommuting
  • Professional Memberships
  • Professional Development Support
  • Participation in a loan repayment assistance program

Legal Aid is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and strive to create an inclusive culture. Legal Aid encourages and considers applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Legal Aid is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities to ensure full participation in the hiring process and to perform essential job functions. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for any part of the hiring process should contact Legal Aid determines reasonable accommodation for applicants on a case-by-case basis.

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