AmeriCorps Legal Advocate

About AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts

AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts places 36 college and law school graduates to serve as AmeriCorps Advocates. This is a full-time service position, requiring 1,700 hours over 46 weeks from September through July. 

ALA-Massachusetts is looking for candidates who have an interest in poverty law, a commitment to public service, and strong communications skills. Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Haitian-Creole, Vietnamese, and other foreign language speakers preferred. Candidates willing to work in any region in Massachusetts will have a higher probability of being selected for interviews.

In order to be eligible to serve with ALA-Massachusetts, candidates must:

  • Be 17 years of age or over
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.

Responsibilities at HLA

The AmeriCorps Legal Advocate's (ALA) primary responsibility will be representing vulnerable clients who are being denied access to or unfairly billed for health care, typically because of actions by health insurers or health care providers.

HLA is also involved in state and federal litigation, including impact litigation, at various times and the ALA will have opportunities to participate in such efforts when they occur. This Fellowship further allows the graduate to advance public policies and thereby blend direct client advocacy with policy work in health law. Whereas much of HLA’s policy advocacy is conducted in partnership with other advocacy organizations, the ALA will have the opportunity to collaborate with staff members from two other nationally-recognized health care non-profits, Health Care For All and Community Catalyst, that are co-located with HLA, as well as from other leading consumer and health care advocacy organizations. 

How to apply

Please visit AmeriCorps Legal Advocates' website here to learn more and fill out an online application


Health Law Advocates is an AA/EO Employer. People of color, LGBTQ identified people, gender nonconforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans and people who speak a language in addition to English are encouraged to apply.