Staff Attorneys

Authored By: Iowa Legal Aid LSC Funded


Position:  Staff Attorneys provide free legal assistance and community legal education to low-income people.  Assistance ranges from providing counsel and advice to representation before various agencies and courts.  Areas of priority established by Iowa Legal Aid’s Board of Directors include income maintenance programs, housing, health care, domestic violence, education, individual rights and selected consumer issues.


Background: Founded in 1977, Iowa Legal Aid serves eligible clients in all 99 Iowa counties through our ten regional offices located in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, Mason City, Ottumwa, Sioux City, Waterloo, and the legal Hotline for Older Iowans.  For over forty years, we have provided hope, dignity and justice to low-income people, seniors, veterans, farmworkers, and other vulnerable groups through direct legal services and community education. Our primary practice areas include public benefits, housing, health care, domestic violence & family, education, employment, individual rights, consumer protection, and collateral consequences.


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We are currently recruiting to fill Staff Attorney positions in most regional offices.  Full-time employment is preferred, but part-time employment will be considered under appropriate circumstances.


Qualifications: Applicants must be graduates of law school and licensed to practice law in Iowa, be eligible for admission on motion or be available for the next scheduled bar examination.  Prior experience in the practice of law or working with poverty law issues is preferred.  Applicants must possess a demonstrated interest in poverty law and have a strong commitment to providing a full range of legal services to low-income people.  Individuals with bilingual skills are encouraged to apply. 


Opening/Closing DateApplications are accepted on an ongoing basis.


Salary/Benefits: Current entry level salary is $48,058.  Non-entry level salaries are dependent on experience.  Excellent fringe benefits.


Applications: To apply, submit letter of application (indicate geographic restrictions), resume, law school transcript (recent graduates only), recent representative writing sample, and names, addresses and phone numbers of at least three professional references to:


Attn:  Arlys Kness

Iowa Legal Aid

1111 Ninth Street, Suite 230

Des Moines, Iowa  50314-2527



Last Review and Update: Dec 17, 2020