New Hampshire Legal Assistance

Helping to balance the scales of justice for everyone since 1971.

Volunteer for NHLA

Recognized nationally for our achievements, NHLA has a proud history of aggressive, creative advocacy for low income and elderly clients in federal and state courts, as well as legislative and administrative forums. Because NHLA does not receive federal Legal Services Corporation (LSC) funding, we are not subject to LSC's restrictions on lobbying, class action litigation or welfare reform work. NHLA's resources are primarily focused on housing, public benefits, elder law, domestic violence, and public utilities.

Volunteers with all types of skills, from legal to administrative to fundraising and beyond are needed to complement the work of NHLA. Volunteers have proven to be key components of our work in handling cases, in helping support our offices, and in other areas. If you are interested in offering your services, please contact website@nhla.org.

NHLA Legal Internship Program:

NHLA legal interns assist attorneys and paralegals with every level of case preparation including interviewing clients, investigating cases, taking depositions, conducting legal research and drafting pleadings. Interns are encouraged to participate in administrative hearings and second year students who meet NH student practice qualifications may represent clients in District Court proceedings. 

Because NHLA hires only a small number of interns each year, interns have the opportunity to work on a wide array of cases. NHLA’s legislative efforts afford interested interns the opportunity to conduct legislative tracking and analysis on key poverty issues before the state legislature.

Internships are unpaid, but many interns have successfully obtained funding from other sources. 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but students are strongly encouraged to apply early each academic year for summer positions. Students are encouraged to apply for academic year internships as well. 

  • To apply for a legal internship at NHLA, please submit a cover letter and resume to:
  • New Hampshire Legal Assistance
    Intern Coordinator
    154 High Street
    Portsmouth, NH 03801

    Contact officemanager@nhla.org if you have any additional questions.

Internship positions are available in Claremont, Concord, Berlin, Manchester, and Portsmouth. Please indicate any geographic preferences in the cover letter.

We are so grateful for the dedication of our volunteers, including Nancy Sears, who received a 2015 Spirit of New Hampshire award honoring her 12 years of volunteer service at our Portsmouth office.

New Hampshire Legal Assistance Volunteer


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