Education Staff Attorney – MWLS

The mission of MetroWest Legal Services is to provide legal advocacy to protect and advance the rights of the poor, elderly, disabled and other disenfranchised people in our service area and to assist them in obtaining legal, social and economic justice. MWLS is an exciting workplace with dedicated social justice advocates—join us!

Responsibilities:

  • Represent the parents of children with special needs in all phases of special education and school discipline cases.
  • Work closely with community and parent groups of school-aged children to provide advocacy for special education services.
  • Conduct targeted outreach to enhance visibility of legal services provided, and to connect with communities that could benefit from the services.
  • Engage in systemic legislative and administrative advocacy around education issues.

Qualifications/Competencies include:

  • Proven interest in and commitment to advocacy for the legal rights of low-income and other vulnerable populations.
  • Experience representing clients in special education proceedings and school disciplinary cases is required.
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to anti-bias principles, cultural competency and addressing systemic racism and other forms of oppression.
  • Enthusiasm, creativity, good judgment, initiative, and willingness to work collaboratively.
  • Bilingual in Spanish or Portuguese helpful.
  • One to three years of legal experience preferred. Admitted to Massachusetts bar or entitled to practice under SJC Rule 3:04. (Recent Law School Graduates who are planning to sit for the February 2024 bar exam and who are willing to work part time between graduation and the bar exam, will be considered).

**An applicant who is admitted to the bar of another state must become a member of the Mass. bar within 2 years.

Salary/Benefits: Salary is based on a union scale with a starting wage of $64,000. Benefits package include generous PTO leave, 100% employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, employer match on retirement contributions, student loan repayment assistance program for eligible attorneys and extensive professional development opportunities.

To Apply: Candidates should submit a cover letter addressing your interest and experience in poverty/public interest law, resume, and brief writing sample via the following link: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/All/31e2fe82-92b6-4e85-b7ce-5fa54665f389/Metrowest-Legal-Services-Inc

Applicant applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

MWLS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strives to ensure that our staff members reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. MWLS encourages applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.