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PSJD: A NALP Initiative

Careers in Legal Aid

Legal services programs, often called “legal aid societies,” provide direct civil representation, for free or at a reduced cost, to low income and elderly clients. Legal services attorneys ensure equal access to the justice system for people who could not otherwise afford attorneys. Much of a legal services lawyer’s work involves individual client contact, and attorneys take on cases in which a client’s fundamental rights and needs are in jeopardy.

Harvard Law School's Office of Public Interest Advising produced this specialty guide, which provides an in-depth look into the work of legal aid lawyers.