Legal Fellow

Company Description

Upsolve is an award-winning nonprofit technology startup that helps low-income Americans get a fresh start after financial shocks. We do this through the first software platform that automates Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Bankruptcy is a lifeline for low-income Americans because it erases debt from credit cards, medical bills, and judgments. But it’s impossible for most people to file for bankruptcy because they cannot afford attorneys.

Last year, 19 million American households would have benefitted from filing for bankruptcy but fewer than half a million did file. At Upsolve, you’ll help more clients in one month than many nonprofits help in multiple years. We’re supported by the top funders in our space. This includes the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt, the Robin Hood Foundation, and the U.S. Government, which is supporting our 2018 national expansion.

Here are recent articles about Upsolve from the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

Job Description

We are targeting 3Ls and recent law school grads for this position with the hope that they can apply to the Skadden Fellowship and the Equal Justice Fellowship to support their work. We are, however, open to hiring an attorney who does not qualify for funding from these fellowships. If you’re the right person for our job, we want you!

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Here will be your responsibilities:

  • Preparing bankruptcy forms and guiding debtors on the legal intricacies of their case, including how to keep their property through bankruptcy and erase different types of debts
  • Helping design and improve Upsolve’s product to ensure we can reach as many debtors who need our help as possible
  • Providing financial advice to users once they complete the bankruptcy process, so they can get back on their feet, and designing resources to scale our post-bankruptcy assistance
  • Outreach to community-based organizations across NYC and the United States to train them on the benefits of bankruptcy and how Upsolve works
  • Additional entrepreneurial projects to maximize the number of people we reach across NYC and the entire country

Minimum Qualifications

  • Desire to be a part of a fast-paced, high growth startup team that aims to change the delivery of legal services for low-income Americans
  • Commitment to pushing the boundaries of legal services
  • Excellent attention to detail and communication abilities
  • Interest in pursuing a career in legal services, nonprofits, or startups
  • Extreme empathy for our users

Preferred Qualifications

  • Past work experience at a legal aid organization, law office, technology company, or political campaign
  • Prior work experience with underserved markets and community-based organizations
  • Some engineering, data science, or technical background

How to Apply

If you are interested in this position, please email Rohan Pavaluri at Include your resume and tell us about why you think you’d be a great fit for our team. Feel free to send any questions our way too. We’re excited to hear from you!

Upsolve is a 501(c)(3) legal aid nonprofit that started in 2016. Our mission is to help low-income Americans in financial distress get a fresh start through Chapter 7 bankruptcy at no cost. We do this by combining the power of technology with attorneys. Spun out of Harvard Law School, our team includes lawyers, engineers, and judges. We have mission-driven funders that include the U.S. government, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and private charities.

To learn more, read our reviews from past clients, or read our press coverage.

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