Staff Attorney Positions – Ithaca, New York

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



New York
United States


Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is searching for a staff attorney for our Ithaca 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 relating to serious mental health and medical needs, unconstitutional conditions of confinement, prolonged placement in solitary confinement, the treatment of juveniles and veterans, child visitation and support, excessive use of force and sentence computation issues.

PLS hires attorneys who are committed to providing legal services to the disadvantaged. Applicants must be admitted to practice in New York State or have recently taken the N.Y. State Bar exam. The ideal applicant will have experience in at least one of the following areas: prisoners’ rights, New York State family law, veterans’ 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 participate in a collaborative work environment. We have a need for attorneys who are fluent in Spanish.


PLS offers a salary that is competitive with other public interest law firms in upstate New York, and sets salaries 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. 

Level of Language Proficiency

We have a need for attorneys who are fluent in Spanish.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

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.