Employment Opportunities

Making a difference

We appreciate your interest in employment opportunities with Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, and encourage qualified applicants to review our job postings and apply for a specific opening. 

You can be proud to work at CLSMF. For more than 50 years, CLSMF’s programs, services, and people continue to embrace our Statewide community with care. Our extensive range of legal and advocacy services also means rewarding opportunities to advance in a fulfilling career with a team of dynamic professionals.  

We offer competitive salaries, a supportive work environment, and an exceptional benefit package for eligible positions, including:

  • A selection of medical, dental, prescription, life insurance, and long-term disability benefits.
  • Tax-deferred annuity (403b) plan, with CLSMF funded contributions to the plan.
  • Generous vacation, holiday, and other paid time off for vacation, personal, or floating holidays to honor the needs of our diverse employees, and approximately 14 scheduled paid holidays per year.

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

CLSMF does not discriminate against any employee or qualified applicant for employment from all qualified individuals 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.

Internships, Externships, and Volunteer

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 Involvement Program (V.I.P.). 

Volunteer Lawyers Project

Are you an attorney looking for rewarding volunteer opportunities. Learn more about how you can make a difference by doing pro bono legal work through CLSMF.
 

COMPLETE CONFIDENCE will be maintained as you submit your resume to careers@clsmf.org.

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.


CURRENT JOB LISTINGS

Director of Public Interest & Litigation (Orlando-Daytona-Ocala)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking an A+ candidate for the position of Director of Public Interest & Litigation. Joining a civil legal aid team using impact litigation and advocacy as its primary tools to pursue justice and equal rights through authentic and holistic service delivery to clients, CLSMF’s Director of Litigation will support, refine, build, and maintain best in class approaches to support the expertise of our diverse and highly talented legal team, this Florida Attorney in good standing and experienced legal services litigator, will utilize the ability to simultaneously coordinate multiple complex cases in state and federal courts, while also monitoring and troubleshooting dozens of other significant cases handled by program staff.

CLSMF’s Director of Public Interest & Litigation will support and work collaboratively across 10 office locations in our 12-county service area with practice groups in the areas of Family Law, L/T & Fair Housing, Public Benefits, Children’s Rights, Consumer Law, Economic Development, Medical Legal Partnerships, and Strategic Community Litigation (including litigation in cooperation with other civil legal aid and public interest agencies).

This highly visible position is skilled at leveraging inter-agency partnerships and policy advocacy, and is uniquely qualified to mentor, train and supervise attorneys at wide range of experience levels. Must also handle a significant array of management tasks, including grant compliance, personnel supervision and quality assurance evaluations, staff retention, private bar relations, and strategic planning

The CLSMF Director of Public Interest & Litigation a FT position with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on business need throughout CLSMF’s 12-county service area.

Qualifications

  • Must be admitted to practice law in Florida.
  • Successful candidate will have highly polished presentation and organizational skills and the ability to effectively and consistently engage a broad staff and client constituency, including experience and expertise to conceptualize new and appropriate litigation and advocacy strategies and translate them into achievable plans
  • Must possess excellent legal project management skills and be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365, LegalServer)
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

 

Staff Attorney – Housing (Ocala)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking a Housing Staff Attorney for our dynamic, non-profit law firm at our Ocala office. Legal work includes representation of clients on L/T and Foreclosure matters, legal advocacy to low income clients in civil litigation matters, negotiation of settlement agreements and appeal hearings

The Housing Staff Attorney is a FT position with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on business need to perform duties and attend meetings and/or other functions throughout 12 county service area.

Qualifications:

  • Must be admitted to practice law in Florida.
  • 2 – 4 years’ experience working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters; experience
  • Successful candidate will have highly approachable presentation and organizational skills and the ability to effectively and consistently engage a diverse constituency 
  • Ability to consistently and zealously advocate for clients while managing a full caseload; and professional commitment to improving CLSMF’s presence in the regions we serve
  • 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.

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

Paralegal – Family Law (Ocala)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking a versatile Paralegal to join our expanding, non-profit law firm located in Ocala and covering cases for the entire 5th Circuit. 

The paralegal will perform legal work as specifically delegated by an attorney, and will review client cases for legal issues and make referrals to program attorneys, as directed. Investigate and develop cases, develop written reports to attorneys detailing results of investigation; draft motions, pleadings and other documents, make and follow up on referrals of clients to appropriate alternative or additional sources of assistance; conduct legal research; and other papers as requested; file legal papers with appropriate courts; provide assistance to clients with legal issues related to CLSMF services, review cases for legal issues to facilitate the securing of rights, remedies and services for victims from other agencies and attorneys.

Conduct outreach to the local area and additional travel within the service area (10-15%)

Qualifications:

  • Legal Studies Education and/or Paralegal certification
  • Law firm experience (2+years) with background in family law preferred, experience in support of litigation and commitment working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters also a plus.
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish; spoken and written fluency) preferred
  • Excellent phone manner and professional customer service ability required, with superior organizational and highly polished communication and writing skills
  • Must be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365)
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

Paralegal – Family Law (Sanford)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking a versatile Paralegal to join our expanding, non-profit law firm located in Sanford and covering cases for the entire 18th Circuit. 

The paralegal will perform legal work as specifically delegated by an attorney, and will review client cases for legal issues and make referrals to program attorneys, as directed. Investigate and develop cases, develop written reports to attorneys detailing results of investigation; draft motions, pleadings and other documents, make and follow up on referrals of clients to appropriate alternative or additional sources of assistance; conduct legal research; and other papers as requested; file legal papers with appropriate courts; provide assistance to clients with legal issues related to CLSMF services, review cases for legal issues to facilitate the securing of rights, remedies and services for victims from other agencies and attorneys.

Conduct outreach to the local area and additional travel within the service area (10-15%)

Qualifications:

  • Legal Studies Education and/or Paralegal certification
  • Law firm experience (2+years) with background in family law preferred, experience in support of litigation and commitment working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters also a plus.
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish; spoken and written fluency) preferred
  • Excellent phone manner and professional customer service ability required, with superior organizational and highly polished communication and writing skills
  • Must be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365)
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

 

Paralegal – Family Law (Orlando)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking a versatile Paralegal to join our expanding, non-profit law firm located in Orlando and covering cases for the entire 9th Circuit. 

The paralegal will perform legal work as specifically delegated by an attorney, and will review client cases for legal issues and make referrals to program attorneys, as directed. Investigate and develop cases, develop written reports to attorneys detailing results of investigation; draft motions, pleadings and other documents, make and follow up on referrals of clients to appropriate alternative or additional sources of assistance; conduct legal research; and other papers as requested; file legal papers with appropriate courts; provide assistance to clients with legal issues related to CLSMF services, review cases for legal issues to facilitate the securing of rights, remedies and services for victims from other agencies and attorneys.

Conduct outreach to the local area and additional travel within the service area (10-15%)

Qualifications:

  • Legal Studies Education and/or Paralegal certification
  • Law firm experience (2+years) with background in family law preferred, experience in support of litigation and commitment working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters also a plus.
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish; spoken and written fluency) preferred
  • Excellent phone manner and professional customer service ability required, with superior organizational and highly polished communication and writing skills
  • Must be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365)
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

Staff Attorney – Family Law (Ocala)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking a Family Law Staff Attorney for our dynamic, non-profit law firm at our Ocala office, and covering cases for the entire 5th Circuit

Legal work includes representation of clients on a broad range of Family Law topics, legal advocacy to low income clients in civil litigation matters, regular court appearances, hearings and trials, client interaction, drafting of pleadings and orders, preparation and review of discovery, and negotiation of settlement agreements.

The Family Law Staff Attorney is a FT position with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on business need to perform duties and 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 2 – 4 years’ experience working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters; experience with subject matter areas including domestic violence, family time sharing, injunctions for protection, with a high capacity to prioritize, manage simultaneous tasks, and meet strict deadlines within a rapid-paced environment.
  • Ability to consistently and zealously advocate for clients while managing a full caseload; and professional commitment to improving CLSMF’s presence in the regions we serve.
  • Successful candidate will have highly approachable presentation and 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.

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

Staff Attorney – Family Law (Sanford)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking a Family Law Staff Attorney for our dynamic, non-profit law firm at our Sanford office, and covering cases for the entire 18th Circuit.

Legal work includes representation of clients on a broad range of Family Law topics, legal advocacy to low income clients in civil litigation matters, regular court appearances, hearings and trials, client interaction, drafting of pleadings and orders, preparation and review of discovery, and negotiation of settlement agreements.

The Family Law Staff Attorney is a FT position with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on business need to perform duties and 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 2 – 4 years’ experience working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters; experience with subject matter areas including domestic violence, family time sharing, injunctions for protection, with a high capacity to prioritize, manage simultaneous tasks, and meet strict deadlines within a rapid-paced environment.
  • Ability to consistently and zealously advocate for clients while managing a full caseload; and professional commitment to improving CLSMF’s presence in the regions we serve.
  • Successful candidate will have highly approachable presentation and 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.

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

Staff Attorney – Family Law (Daytona)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking a Family Law Staff Attorney for our dynamic, non-profit law firm at our Daytona Beach office, and covering cases for the entire 7th Circuit.

Legal work includes representation of clients on a broad range of Family Law topics, legal advocacy to low income clients in civil litigation matters, regular court appearances, hearings and trials, client interaction, drafting of pleadings and orders, preparation and review of discovery, and negotiation of settlement agreements.

The Family Law Staff Attorney is a FT position with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on business need to perform duties and 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 2 – 4 years’ experience working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters; experience with subject matter areas including domestic violence, family time sharing, injunctions for protection, with a high capacity to prioritize, manage simultaneous tasks, and meet strict deadlines within a rapid-paced environment.
  • Ability to consistently and zealously advocate for clients while managing a full caseload; and professional commitment to improving CLSMF’s presence in the regions we serve.
  • Successful candidate will have highly approachable presentation and 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.

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

PART-TIME HELPLINE ATTORNEY/HOUSING LAW/FAMILY LAW/PUBLIC BENEFITS/ELDER LAW/CONSUMER LAW – SANFORD, FL

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc., is seeking Helpline Attorneys in various areas of civil law to provide advice and brief services to clients throughout Central Florida for up to 24 scheduled hours per week.  This position is based in our Sanford, FL office.  

Requirements

  • Applicants must possess Florida Bar membership and be in good standing with the Florida Bar. 
  • No prior experience in any particular area of the law is required, however experience in one or more areas of law as listed above is preferred.  
  • The ability to speak multiple languages including Spanish is preferred.
  • Must possess a valid Florida driver’s license.

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

Legal Assistant/Receptionist (Daytona)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is seeking a Legal Assistant for our fast-paced non-profit legal services law firm in Daytona Beach. Must be familiar with family/housing/LLT law.

Maintains case files, calendars and coordinates appointments. Prepares legal pleadings and other documents as directed. Performs data entry and other clerical/secretarial responsibilities including processing client documents. Must be able to conduct discovery, perform detailed research, schedule depositions, and process issuance of subpoenas. Conducts telephonic or in-person intakes with clients, meets with clients, and performs other specialized projects for the Unit as they arise.

Qualifications:

  • High School graduate or equivalent, Legal Studies Education and/or Paralegal track certification strongly preferred
  • Law firm experience (5+years) with background in family/housing law preferred, experience in support of litigation and commitment working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters also a plus.
  • Excellent phone manner and professional customer service ability required, with superior organizational and highly polished communication and writing skills, computer proficiency (Microsoft Office 365),  
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish) required

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

Social Worker (Daytona)

The Social Worker position is part of a CLSMF initiative functioning in an outreach/support capacity designed to provide integrative links to services for adult clients with MH or other qualifying disabilities The CLSMF Social Worker is responsible for supporting clients’ basic needs by fielding referrals to/from the legal staff as part of a person centered, holistic approach to helping a diverse, at-risk client population in the Volusia County service area.  Advocacy and crisis intervention skills essential, this position ensures that the CLSMF Social Work role operates under professional, State, and LSC standards and guidelines.

Key responsibilities also include documenting assessments and creating service plans with clients.  This clinician will also support a client’s goal work by providing interventions, using evidence based practices, Motivational Interviewing, WRAP, etc.

Reporting to the designated Supervising Attorney, this position also requires a high level of coordination with community, housing, and health service providers. The CLSMF Social Worker is a FT position (PT candidates also considered) with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on client need

Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited college/university in social work or counseling, with at least two years’+ post academic FTE in related field experience required. 
  • Current Florida clinical licensure relevant to degree and experience preferred.
  • Successful applicants will have the ability to effectively and consistently engage and manage a challenging caseload. 
  • Must be well organized, possess excellent clinical, verbal and written communication skills, and be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365).
  • Ideal candidate will be a creative self-starter and skilled negotiator with community social service systems.
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS ELDER JUSTICE AMERICORPS JD LAW STUDENTS

Practice Areas: Civil legal assistance to elder abuse victims

Program Background and Description

Equal Justice Works, Elder Justice AmeriCorps (AmeriCorps), and Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) have collaborated to provide the Elder Justice Works Elder Justice AmeriCorps Fellowship to provide critical legal services to victims of elder abuse. This program is funded by Equal Justice Works, AmeriCorps, and CLSMF. 

Law Student Job Description

Students will work closely with the Equal Justice Works Elder Justice AmeriCorps Legal Fellow and will support the Fellow in providing critical legal services to victims of elder abuse, including injunctions for protection, evictions, unlawful detainers, and ejectments.

Benefits

Students who serve a minimum of 300 hours to support Fellows in the provision of critical legal services to victims of elder abuse are eligible for an education award of $1,230.69.

Qualifications

Law students must be enrolled in the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program.

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

Paralegal (Ocala)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking a versatile Paralegal to join our expanding, non-profit law firm located in Ocala.  The paralegal will perform legal work as specifically delegated by an attorney, and will review client cases for legal issues and make referrals to program attorneys. Investigate and develop cases, develop written reports to attorneys detailing results of investigation; draft motions, pleadings and other documents as directed;

Make and follow up on referrals of clients to appropriate alternative or additional sources of assistance; conduct legal research; serve process and execute affidavits of service; serve witness subpoenas and other papers as requested; file legal papers with appropriate courts; provide assistance to clients with legal issues related to CLSMF services, review cases for legal issues to facilitate the securing of rights, remedies and services for victims from other agencies and attorneys.

Conduct outreach to the local area and additional travel within the service area (10-15%)

Qualifications:

  • Paralegal certification.
  • A minimum of three years’ of experience working in a law firm as a paralegal is required.
  • Experience working on housing cases (LLT, Foreclosures, Fair Housing).
  • Commitment to understanding and addressing legal issues of low-income clients   
  • Must be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365)
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish; spoken and written fluency) preferred

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org