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Summer Clerkship Opportunities

Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) is seeking clerks for Summer 2020.

LASO is a non-profit organization that represents low-income clients in civil cases. LASO’s eight regional offices serve the general low-income population throughout the state in civil cases. In addition, a statewide project addresses tax issues and two specialized programs focus on services to farmworkers and on issues that impact Native Americans. LASO is an effective, high-quality legal services program that is committed to advocacy strategies having the broadest possible impact on client community problems. 

Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) is seeking law clerks for summer 2020. General clerkship positions are available in Albany, Klamath Falls, Lincoln, Portland, Roseburg, and Salem; Farmworker Program offices are located in Woodburn and Hillsboro; and a Statewide Tax Clinic clerkship is available in Portland.

Type of Legal Work
Clerkships in the regional offices (Albany, Klamath Falls, Lincoln, Portland, Roseburg, and Salem) will have an emphasis on family law, housing, and/or public benefits.

LASO’s Farmworker Program represents agricultural workers in cases that involve employment, housing, unemployment, and tax benefits problems. Law clerks will work on many aspects of client services including outreach to labor camps, legal research and writing, conducting client interviews, and drafting administrative complaints and pleadings.

LASO’s Statewide Tax Clinic helps Oregonians in every county resolve disputes with the IRS and related Department of Revenue matters, including settling tax debt through the Offer In Compromise process; installment agreements or hardship requests; representation in tax audits and in U.S. Tax Court; help with worker classification issues; and assistance in applying for innocent or injured spouse relief.

Qualifications and Funding
Class standing of 1L or 2L at time of application. For Farmworker Program positions only, Spanish language proficiency preferred. LASO encourages perspective law clerks to secure their own fellowship or other funding, but may sometimes offer paid positions.

Legal Aid Services of Oregon Is an Equal Opportunity Employer
LASO is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourages persons of color, LGBTQI individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.

Please apply through the Northwest Public Service Career: Materials are due there by January 21, 2020 at noon. LASO will be conducting interviews at the Portland Fair on February 8, 2020 and will also interview remotely, if necessary. Questions? Contact Erin White at

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