Ohio State Legal Services Association 

Location: Columbus, OH


Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA) is a nonprofit legal services program with three components: Southeastern Ohio Legal Services, the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, and the Ohio Poverty Law Center.
OSLSA is committed to searching out the patterns, causes and solutions of the repetitive and fundamental legal problems facing its client community, and seeking legal recourse necessary to redress the grievances of its clients.

Fellowship Overview

OSLSA operates three legal aid programs – 2 direct services – Southeastern Ohio Legal Services which legal aid work in 30 rural, Appalachian Ohio counties. Those rural counties have been behind the technology 8 ball for a number of reasons – high numbers of people living in poverty; geography; lack of investment in infrastructure. On the other end of the spectrum is the Legal Aid Society of Columbus located in Ohio’s capital, Columbus, but with large numbers of economically disadvantaged individuals and families in depressed neighborhoods. The Ohio Poverty Law Center provides legislative and administrative advocacy statewide, but has a very small staff of 3 subject matter expert-attorneys. Innovative uses of technology would help our direct service providers increase the number of people we are able to serve. And, technology would help the Ohio Poverty Law Center communicate with the public about legislative and administrative issues that affect low-income families.

Fellows Duties

Develop self-help kiosks in rural communities that would include live chat, in urban community, increase efficiency of intake system, develop social media communication platforms statewide.

Competencies Include

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent legal research skills.
  • Commitment to the mission and vision of Ohio State Legal Services Association.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage projects and tasks to meet deadlines.
  • Self-motivated and able and work independently.
  • Creativity and willingness to take on challenging projects.