CCLS Staff Attorney


For over 50 years, CCLS has been representing and advocating for low-income individuals in Merced, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Fresno, Tulare, and Kings Counties—a region where intense poverty exists side by side with unparalleled wealth and abundance. Our mission is to provide high quality, no-cost civil legal services to low income individuals, families, and communities—improving the wellbeing of our Valley through systems-changing advocacy, client education, and legal work that meets individual clients’ immediate needs. We also work closely with agencies and community organizations that share our commitment to support our clients in being their own agents of change.


CCLS seeks dedicated staff attorneys to provide high-quality legal services, from advice and brief services to full representation.  Candidates will be considered for opportunities in all legal practice areas, including Senior/Consumer Law, Housing Law, Health Law, Family Law, and with our Legal Advice Line. 

Position: Staff Attorney

Experience: All Experience Welcome

Location: Fresno, Visalia, or Merced Office (as needed)

Term of Employment: Regular, Full Time

Other: FLSA Exempt, Union Position

Salary Range:  DOE ($59,712 to $91,404)


Open Until Filled


1. Résumé

2. Cover Letter addressing the following questions:

  • Please tell us briefly about your experience, if any, doing advocacy work with a low-income community. What skills and qualities did you bring that were important to the effort? What did you learn?
  • Please describe your leadership experience, if any.
  • Tell us about your connection to the Central Valley: how well do you know it? Do you have ties here? What draws you here?
  • Do you have particular interest in being a Legal Aid lawyer? If so, please tell us about that.

3. Three Professional References

4. Legal Writing Sample

CCLS is an equal opportunity employer: we value equity, inclusion, and diversity, across all races, cultures, classes, ages, religions, gender identities and presentations, sexual orientations, body sizes, family structures, abilities, and all categories protected by law. We encourage all interested individuals to apply. This is position is subject to a Collective Bargaining Agreement.


  • Work with CCLS advocates to ensure delivery of high-quality legal representation to clients consistent with CCLS program priorities;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with client groups and community-based service providers, and work with them to identify community lawyering opportunities;
  • Identify and analyze systemic issues through individual and impact casework; 
  • Participate in planning and strategy meetings with project partners and statewide networks of Legal Aid advocates; 
  • Participate in weekly CCLS case review meetings, stay current on changes in the law, including continuing legal education, and adhere to CCLS policies and procedures; 
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Member in good standing of the State Bar of California; or eligible to practice as a Provisionally Licensed Lawyer or Registered Legal Services Attorney; 
  • Experience working with low-income clients, collaborating effectively with diverse groups of individuals and organizations, and connecting and strategizing with local community leaders;
  • Litigation and/or general courtroom experience is strongly preferred; 
  • Previous experience handling a legal caseload is preferred; 
  • Previous Legal Aid or other non-profit legal services experience desirable;
  • Bilingual ability strongly preferred (Hmong/English or Spanish/English);
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, as well as strong legal research skills;
  • Comfortable working with clients who have been subject to extremely emotional circumstances and high-pressure situations in a manner that balances compassion and advocacy;
  • Proven ability to work well under pressure both individually and within a team;  
  • Ability to travel as needed, proof of liability and property insurance on vehicle used.

Work/Life Balance

  • 7.5 hour work day / 37.5 hour week
  • 14.5 Paid Holidays
  • Free wellness counseling & resources
  • Union protection for applicable positions

Rewards for Dedication

  • Annual pay increases
  • Overtime for Hourly/Non-exempt staff
  • Compensatory Time for Salaried/Exempt staff

More than Base Pay

  • School Loan Assistance up to $500/month
  • Bilingual Pay up to $90/month
  • Home internet reimbursement of $25/month
  • CCLS issued laptop & cell phone
  • CA State Bar dues paid in full
  • Mileage reimbursement

Retirement Contribution

  • CCLS contributes to staff 403(b) plans starting at the one-year anniversary:
  • Year 1 to 2 – 1% of salary contributed
  • Year 2 to 3 – 2% of salary contributed
  • Year 3 to 4 – 3% of salary contributed
  • Year 4 to 5 – 4% of salary contributed
  • Year 5+ - 5% of salary contributed

Group Health Insurance

  • Coverage begins 1st of the month following hire date
  • CCLS pays 100% for staff health insurance coverage
  • CCLS pays 67% of staff dependent health insurance coverage
  • Low-Cost Plans for:  Dental PPO & Vision Insurance; Long term disability & life insurance
  • Workers Compensation coverage

Cash Out Options

  • Vacation Cash Out:  Accrued vacation cashed out & added to paycheck upon request
  • Compensatory Time Cash Out (Exempt Staff):  Accrued comp time cashed out & added to paycheck upon request. Comp time over 75 hours paid out automatically
  • Overtime Pay Out (Non-Exempt Staff):  OT paid out within 30 days of accrual, per State standards

Computer Loan Fund

  • Up to $1,500 interest free loan to assist staff with personal computer purchase

State Bar Exam Leave & Loan

  • Protected leave for CA Bar Exam
  • Interest-free loan for Bar Exam & study course fees
  • Up to 8 weeks salary advance