While there are some job difficulties in the legal services sector, with the industry shedding around 1,800 jobs in December of 2011, there is still plenty of need for those interested in working in civil legal services for nonprofit public interest groups.
Many legal services programs receive funding from the Legal Services Corporation, the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans. The organization is Congressionally chartered with that goal in mind.
Attorneys working in civil legal services for nonprofit groups serve in the same capacity as many of their for-profit counterparts, specializing in a number of areas. Common areas of practice for those working in the nonprofit civil legal services sector include:
- Public Benefits
- Family Law
- Disability Issues
- Community Economic Development
- Farmworker Issues
While attorneys working in the civil legal services do work the same long hours faced by many of their peers in the for-profit sector, job satisfaction is generally higher, with the feeling of being there to help people alleviating some of the more difficult aspects of the work.
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