Staff Attorney Position – Albany, New York

Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) has an opening for a staff attorney in its Albany office. PLS is a statewide program providing civil legal services to people incarcerated in New York State prisons. PLS engages in civil rights advocacy and litigation primarily in cases involving claims of unconstitutional conditions of confinement, prolonged placement in solitary confinement, deliberate indifference to serious mental health and medical needs, excessive use of force, treatment of juveniles and veterans, access to education, disability rights, and sentence computation issues. PLS also offers limited family law assistance with child support and visitation issues unique to individuals incarcerated in New York State.


PLS is seeking to hire an attorney who is committed to providing legal services to the disadvantaged and marginalized. This is an entry level position. Applicants must be admitted to practice in New York State with up to five years’ experience, or have recently taken the NY State Bar exam. Law graduates who are planning to take the next Bar exam are also encouraged to apply. The ideal applicant will have experience in at least one of the following areas: prisoners’ rights, civil legal services, civil rights, poverty law or federal litigation. Applicants should be self-motivated and capable of complex analytical work. Applicants must possess excellent legal research and writing skills, strong communications skills, and a desire to work in a collaborative work environment. We have a need for attorneys who are fluent in Spanish.


The starting salary range for this position is $61,000 to $71,000 depending on experience. PLS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, short and long-term disability, life insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, pregnancy or veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.


Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and at least three (3) references by email to Due to the volume of applications expected, only people who are contacted for interviews will receive a response. The position will remain open until filled.