Vermont Poverty Law Fellowship

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264 N. Winooski Ave.
Burlington, VT 05401
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Vermont Legal Aid, Inc.
Street address: 
264 N. Winooski Ave.
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Position Description: 

The Vermont Bar Foundation and the Vermont Access to Justice Campaign are pleased to announce the availability of a two-year Vermont Poverty Law Fellowship (VPLF) beginning in August 2020. The VPLF program is looking for outstanding graduating law students and other new lawyers to help expand the reach of Vermont’s existing legal services providers. Funding for salary and benefits will be provided by the Vermont Access to Justice Campaign.

The 2020 Fellowship will incorporate the Fellow’s interests and background, as well as the needs of Vermont’s low-income community. The Fellowship’s focus will include work on one or more specific projects broadly impacting the lives of low-income Vermonters, as well as the day-to-day delivery of legal services to low-income clients. It will be fully integrated into the legal services being delivered by Vermont Legal Aid (VLA) and Legal Services Vermont. Past Fellowship projects have focused on foreclosure, rental housing, flood relief, children’s rights, veterans’ rights, the opioid crisis, and mental health.

Fellows will work with the Vermont Bar Foundation and the Vermont Bar Association to publicize Fellowship activities, contribute to the public awareness of legal services in Vermont, and participate in the Vermont Bar Association’s continuing legal education activities.

Salary will be $51,893 in the first year and $53,383 in the second year, with excellent fringe benefits.


Applicants must have excellent written and oral skills. Experience in public interest law, civil rights law, or legal services is required. Applicants must be recent law school graduates or graduating law students and must be admitted to the Vermont Bar or willing to sit for the July 2020 Vermont Bar examination. Applicants must have a personal vehicle and some in-state travel will be required.

To apply: 

The deadline to apply is January 10, 2020. Visit our website at for complete application instructions.

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building cultural competency in order to effectively serve our increasingly diverse client community. VLA invites all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how their unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and inclusive perspective of our staff and our legal services practice.
Salary range: 
$51,893 - $53,383
Submission deadline: 
Friday, January 10, 2020