New Hampshire Legal Assistance

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

Jobs and Internships at NHLA

NHLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to building a diverse staff that reflects the communities of low-income and older (age 60 plus) people NHLA works alongside, and we value equity and inclusion in our workplace. NHLA actively seeks applications from Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, people of diverse national origin, the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, older adults, veterans, people who have lived experience with poverty, and other people belonging to communities that have historically experienced injustice.


Domestic Violence Advocacy Project/Immigrant Justice Project - Staff Attorney

New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA) seeks a Staff Attorney to work on our Domestic Violence Advocacy Project (DVAP) and Immigrant Justice Project (IJP). DVAP work will involve representation of survivors of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, and human trafficking in protective order and family law cases, with a special focus on representing immigrant survivors. The IJP work will emphasize Special Immigrant Juvenile proceedings. We seek to represent clients, who may present with multiple different civil legal issues, in a holistic and trauma informed manner. The Staff Attorney will also be responsible for occasional community engagement and education work, as well as occasional work in other law practice areas. The Staff Attorney will be based in NHLA’s Manchester office and responsible for handling work throughout New Hampshire, including particularly the Manchester, Nashua, and Seacoast regions. 

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Racial Equity Audit Proposals

We are eager to learn how NHLA can affirmatively further racial justice in our workplace, including (but not limited to) through recruitment, hiring, supervision, promotion, and other personnel management practices; through compensation, fringe benefit, paid time off, staff wellness, and other employment practices; and through our workplace culture. We are eager for your guidance in how to investigate these questions, and your recommendations for growth and change.  Written proposals will be accepted until 5:00 PM (EST) on Friday, March 17, 2023.  For more details click here.


NHLA Legal Internship Program:

Summer 2023 intern positions are filled.  Applications for academic year internships will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early for summer internships.

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.

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 send a cover letter and resume to:
  • You may also send questions about our legal internships to this email address.

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

About our locations:

  • Berlin: Berlin is a historic mill town in the heart of New Hampshire's Great North Woods, adjacent to the White Mountain National Forest.
  • Claremont: Claremont is located in a largely rural area on the Connecticut River that includes aging mill towns, the beautiful Monadnock region and the thriving Dartmouth/Hanover area.
  • Concord: New Hampshire's capital city is located in the geographic center of the state within easy driving range of the mountains and the seacoast.
  • Manchester: With its restored mills housing, a growing tech sector, and multicultural population, New Hampshire's largest city is frequently voted one of the top 10 places to live in America.
  • Portsmouth: Portsmouth is the largest city on New Hampshire's seacoast, with easy access to metropolitan Boston and Maine.

About New Hampshire Legal Assistance: NHLA is a private non-profit law firm with five offices which provide legal services statewide. 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, health and income benefits, elder law, domestic violence, and public utilities. Our employee benefits include medical and dental insurance, a retirement fund, and law school loan assistance.


For information about how to volunteer at NHLA, please click here.