We’re Hiring our Second New Lawyer Fellow

We seek an energetic, motivated individual who is committed to access to justice and public interest law. Our is an innovative law practice that seeks to deliver high-quality, accessible legal services at scale. Our operations leverage emerging best practice for law practice management powered by modern technology.

Our fellows progress through a three-year competency framework, developing skills and expanding responsibilities as they progress through the fellowship.  We are a learning organization, and we strive to incorporate the notion of kaizen, or continuous improvement, in everything we do.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, The Commons Law Center is a qualifying employer for the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Represent low-income clients in family law, estate planning, probate, nonprofit, and small business law, with supervision from our staff attorney and pro bono partners.
  • Do extensive, substantive family law work in our largest & fastest-growing department, including legal research and document drafting, from trial memos, witness exams, motions, correspondence, to other pleadings.
  • Draft transactional legal documents for estate planning, nonprofit, and business clients.
  • Have direct client communication while managing cases, requesting information during intake consultations, in-person meetings, phone conferences, trials, and while conducting day-to-day correspondence.
  • Use cloud-based workflow management system to manage yourself and your projects in coordination with the rest of the office.
  • Use quality controls to ensure excellence across programs, including extensive policies and procedures, templates, checklists, and other internal systems and resources.
  • Support community legal education program development, including outreach, curriculum development, networking, volunteer recruitment, and general promotions and organizational ambassadorship.
  • Oversee and manage law clerks, interns, and volunteers in support of our mission.


  • Oregon State Bar license in good standing. Comfort working with all kinds of people. Commitment to public interest law and access to justice.


This fellowship is a salaried position at $45,000/year plus benefits.

The Commons Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, volunteers, and clients.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, three references, and a short writing sample in a single PDF to with the subject line “New Lawyer Fellowship” to amanda@thecommonslawcenter.org.

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