Nashville School of Law

Website West Tennessee Legal Services

Position Description: West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc. (WTLS) has an immediate opening for a Staff Attorney in our Selmer (preferred), Jackson, Huntingdon, or Dyersburg, Tennessee office.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: WTLS represents clients in civil legal matters and works with community organizations and client groups. Candidates should have a strong commitment to access to justice for low-income West Tennesseans who face problems affecting basic rights to shelter, income security, financial security, and freedom from abuse.

This position is funded under the Family-Centered Legal Solutions (FCLS) grant with Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS). The project’s focus is providing outreach, education, and legal advocacy to low-income families with children. Grant positions are funded through the duration of the grant and subsequent renewal could result in modification of job duties and responsibilities.

The attorney will provide holistic civil legal services to families with children in the WTLS service area. As part of a holistic approach, representation may include varying areas of law, administrative advocacy, and litigation in state and federal courts. Case types will include family law, juvenile law, consumer law, health and benefits, access to education, simple estate planning, and other holistic services to stabilize the family unit.


  • Provide legal advice and representation in civil legal matters affecting low-income families;
  • Provide outreach and education activities for client population;
  • Meet the requirements of the Family-Centered Legal Solutions project;
  • Keep contemporaneous time records and maintain case notes in case management system;
  • Comply with funder requirements, the Legal Services Corporation requirements, and the American Bar Association’s Standards for the Provision of Civil Legal Aid;
  • Perform such other duties as reasonably requested.

HOW TO APPLY: Send applications via email in Word or PDF format to . Applicants must include a cover letter specifying preferred office location, resume, writing sample, and three references with phone numbers. Applications will be accepted and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. No inquiries accepted. Only applicants scheduled for interviews will be notified.

WTLS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.


Start Date: 3/25/2024

Health Benefits? Yes

Starting Salary: DOE. For newly admitted attorneys $58,155

Typical Hours: 37.5

NSL Alumni at organization: Megan Allen is a NSL alumni who is a current staff attorney at WTLS.

Deadline to apply: 6/1/2024




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