join our team
We are always looking to meet passionate and caring individuals who want to help. Check out some of our job openings below or find out how else you can get involved!
REICI (Race Equity In Corrections Initiative) Paralegal
PLS seeks a full-time Paralegal to join our race equity team, REICI. REICI is an organization-wide effort to eliminate institutional racism and its impact on Black and Brown prisoners in the day-to-day operations of Massachusetts’ prisons and jails. REICI’s mission is to build awareness, solutions, and leadership to combat the discriminatory treatment of Black and Brown prisoners in correctional operations through client and legislative advocacy; community building and education; and litigation. The REICI Paralegal will engage in systemic, multi-forum legal advocacy and community engagement with duties including but not limited to litigation support and direct advocacy for BIPOC prisoner clients and their families with prison officials, medical and mental health providers. Please find further information and how to apply here.
Pro Bono Advocacy Coordinator
Prisoners’ Legal Services (PLS) is seeking an outstanding full-time Pro Bono Advocacy Coordinator. The candidate will engage and coordinate with the advocacy community, private bar and volunteers to increase civil legal services and legal representation of some of the most vulnerable residents of Massachusetts. Through cultivating and coordinating outreach efforts to the private bar, judiciary and legal community, the coordinator will develop relationships and create efficient systems to increase the provision of civil legal aid to incarcerated people in Massachusetts. The coordinator will also develop support for incarcerated people who represent themselves in legal matters. Please find further information and how to apply here.
Prisoners’ Legal Services (PLS) is seeking an outstanding paralegal advocate committed to protecting the civil rights of incarcerated individuals in Massachusetts. We encourage applicants interested in tackling a wide variety of serious prison concerns including access to competent medical and mental health treatment, placements in solitary confinement, and other unlawful or inhumane conditions of confinement. The paralegal plays a critical role as a key member of PLS’ staff with duties including litigation support, advocacy for prisoner clients and their families with prison officials and medical and mental health providers. Please find further information and how to apply here.
pro bono opportunities
For information on pro bono opportunities, please check out our pro bono page or contact Jesse White at jwhite [ @ ] plsma.org.
For all inquiries regarding fellowships, please reach out to Jim Pingeon, litigation director, at jpingeon [ @ ] plsma.org, and Lizz Matos, lmatos [ @ ] plsma.org.
We do not currently have volunteer positions available. Please check back soon!
Law student Internships
(PLEASE NOTE: We are now accepting Summer 2023 applications until February 16, 2023. Applications for Spring 2023 are now closed. Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and 2 references.)
If you are a law student interested in interning at PLS, please contact Kristyn Huey at khuey [ @ ] plsma.org. You should include a cover letter, your resume, two references, and a writing sample as well as any particulars (when you want to intern, for credit or on your own, etc.) about the internship you seek. Please note that Spring 2023 law student internships are full-time only.
Northeastern University Undergraduate Student Internships
The only undergraduate students we are able to take on are those interning through Northeastern University’s Cooperative learning program, which places students with an organization full time for six months. If you are an undergrad student at Northeastern and are interested in a co-op at PLS, please submit your resume and a cover letter through Northeastern’s Co-op system. We are fortunate to receive funding through Northeastern to provide a stipend for this position.