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Oklahoma Indian Legal Services

Job Openings at Oklahoma Indian Legal Services


Oklahoma Indian Legal Services (OILS), founded in 1981, is the only Native American legal services organization in Oklahoma. The attorneys of OILS deliver free civil legal assistance to Oklahoma tribal members facing legal issues involving Federal Indian Law or Tribal Law. We achieve this goal through targeted programs that serve specialized legal needs. For more program information, visit our website

OILS’ values teamwork, passion for OILS’ mission, commitment to clients and community partners, initiative, and commitment to helping tribal members navigate systemic barriers placed in the legal system. OILS is committed to fostering an inclusive culture in the workplace. JOB SUMMARY: This position is responsible for providing legal assistance to low-income Tribal members in the state of Oklahoma. The position will be an integral part of the organization’s efforts to be a partner in the state justice community. The position will have primary responsibility for working on the organization’s project to assist Tribal members with probates needed to update titles of homes of Tribal members across Oklahoma and updating titles of Five Tribes restricted Indian land.


• Juris Doctorate Degree from a certified law school.
• Current membership with the Oklahoma Bar Association is required for this position.


• Perform interviews with applicants and assists in screening of clients for eligibility for full representation.
• Provide high quality legal assistance to eligible clients on matters pertaining to their situations.
• Maintain a caseload commensurate with abilities and caseload difficulty.
• Comply with all applicable regulations, policies, and grant requirements.
• Maintain the highest ethical standards as a member of the State Bar and • stay current with updates and changes to the law.
• Support, promote and participate in the program’s volunteer activities.
• Support, promote and participate in community education, outreach and developing good public relations with the client community, state and local bar and other community groups.
• Ensure that all applicable client files, data, and reports are accurate and complete.
• Demonstrate knowledge and expertise of the law and legal system.
• Embrace and support the Organization’s overall mission, standards, policies and procedures, and confidentiality guidelines.


• Perform other duties and projects as required by management.


• Strong sense of community service.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Exceptional interpersonal skills: ability to work well with a wide range of clients from various backgrounds.
• Strong interpersonal skills: ability to collaborate with OILS attorneys.
• Strong interpersonal skills: ability to professionally engage with OILS administrative staff who are integral to the case management process.
• Strong ability to mentor law student volunteers.
• Strong legal research skills
• Strong ability to prepare for and present evidence at trial.
• Strong organizational and time management skills and the ability to work with limited supervision.
• Demonstrate dependability through good attendance and adherence to timelines and schedules.
• Demonstrate resourcefulness and ability to take initiative in development and completion of projects.
• Strong ability to finish work necessary to close numerous cases assigned & accepted.
• Good analytical skills.
• Good problem-solving skills.
• Strong computer application skills.
• Strong proficiency in case management systems.
• Able and willing to continue professional development.


This work is primarily sedentary, with many opportunities for work in community locations. The position requires the following physical activities:
• Sitting for long periods of time; occasional bending, squatting, kneeling, stooping; good finger dexterity and feeling; frequent repetitive motions;
ability to speak and hear; or the ability to perform essential job functions with reasonable accommodation.
• Frequent lifting (up to 25 pounds of paper supplies or minor office equipment).
• Requires substantial time spent typing.
• Frequent in-state travel to county and tribal courts, outreach locations and other sites as needed. Will need dependable transportation.

NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this position. These statements are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees in this position.

Salary range is commensurate on experience with excellent benefits including health insurance (with dental and vision benefits), sick leave and vacation.

OILS is an equal opportunity employer. OILS does not discriminate against any applicant for employment or any employee on the basis of race, nationality, ethnicity, age, religion, disability status, sex assigned at birth, gender identity, gender presentation, sexual orientation, or immigration status.

Submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three professional references from employers or school via email with “Staff Attorney” in the subject line to by Friday, July 29, 2022, at 5:00 pm CT. In the cover letter, applicants are encouraged to address the core values stated at the top of this job posting in their cover letters. Please, no telephone calls.

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   Law and Paralegal Students from across the country often seek interesting, challenging internships to learn the finer details of the practice of law. OILS offers students a fascinating, insightful environment in both Indian and poverty law practices. Students interested in the practice of law in these fields should consider working at one of the premier Indian law firms in Oklahoma.

And if they don’t want you, come to OILS.

No, really, that was a joke, just to show the kids how “hip” we at OILS are. OILS is an excellent place to learn. OILS’ “open court” policy encourages students to get into the field with attorneys and observe tribal courts from a legal perspective. OILS works to make sure that students don’t spend their summer sitting in a cubicle researching dull legal topics. OILS interns are in our service communities as much as possible.

Our attorneys understand that students are still learning, and work to create a nurturing environment that teaches more. The law is not just a job, it’s a profession: one that requires a commitment to service, and one that can offer a fascinating window into the inner workings of our country. OILS is proud to see our interns join the legal community with an understanding of the problems Native people face, and a willingness to work to solve those problems.

Law students interested in the possibility of an intership at OILS should email for details.

All interns are also outfitted with small imprinted thingies! Woo-hoo! Better than money any day!