Chattanooga Legal Placement Service

of the

Chattanooga Bar Association


The Chattanooga Bar Association Legal Placement Service (CLPS) provides employers and job-seekers a moderately priced, efficient resume referral service which can quickly provide a source of contact within the Chattanooga Legal Community.


If you are an employer and want to list a position announcement, notify the Chattanooga Bar Association office at 756.3222 and we will send you a CLPS packet.  All you need to do is complete the CLPS paperwork, fill out a brief form describing the position available and qualifications needed, enclose the $25.00 listing fee, (currently waived) and return it to the CBA office. The CLPS paperwork may be obtained on the Chattanooga Bar Association website at  At that time, we will immediately provide you with resumes that we have received from applicants. We keep the ad on our website for a 60 day period or unless notified the position has been filled. 

An Attorney or Legal Support Staff listing involves completion of a General Information Questionnaire and copies of resumes.   

Since all employers sign a confidential agreement, compatible resumes are forwarded and direct contact is made by the Employer. Once a CLPS referred candidate is hired, the  employer pays a non-refundable  placement  fee of $500.00 for an attorney positions,  and $300.00 for support staff positions. 

Policies & Procedures

I.           Purpose

The purpose of the CBA Legal Placement Service hereinafter referred to as CLPS will be to provide member lawyers or firms with candidates to fill support staff and attorney positions at a substantial savings in time, effort and fees.  Larger firms, companies, and government entities that need support staff and attorney positions will also benefit from substantial savings and time.

  II.          Administration

CLPS will be administered by the Administrative Assistant of The Chattanooga Bar Association under the direction of the Executive Director.

  III.         Plan of Organization  

                        3.1        CLPS will maintain position announcements on file for a period of sixty (60) days, or until otherwise notified that the position has been filled.  Firm resumes or any other information concerning employment opportunities within a particular firm may also be submitted to CLPS for review by the applicants.  

                        3.2        Attorneys and support staff (paralegal, legal secretary, bookkeeper, receptionist, office managers, law clerks, etc.) who are seeking employment in the Chattanooga legal community may submit their resumes directly to CLPS.  These applicants will be required to complete a general information questionnaire in order to participate.  

                        3.3        CLPS will accept via email one (1) resume from each candidate, and maintain their name in the database for six months.  The resume would be forwarded to employers listing appropriate positions.  If an applicant does not want certain firms or lawyers to be contacted, this information should be provided to CLPS on the application form.  

                        3.4        Employers who desire to list a position announcement (Attorney, legal secretary or paralegal position) with CLPS, will be emailed the appropriate resumes generally within three (3) days and continue referrals for up to sixty (60) days, or until the position is filled.  

                        3.5        Once a candidate referred by Chattanooga Legal Placement Service is hired, the employer will pay $300.00 as a non-refundable placement fee for support staff positions, and $500.00 for attorney positions.  

                        3.6        Payment of the placement fee is due and payable on or before fifteen (15) days from the date of the invoice for services rendered by CLPS to the employer.  

                        3.7        All information provided by CLPS to the employer shall be deemed confidential information and the employer, its employees, agents, and representatives shall use such information solely in considering the qualifications of an applicant or employment and for no other purpose.  Such information shall not be communicated to any party other than agents or employees of the employer or CLPS.  

IV.         General  

                        4.1        In the event the employer is held by any court of competent jurisdiction to be in violation, breach, or non-performance of any of the agreement, employer shall pay all costs of such action or suit and all costs and expenses of CLPS, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, incurred in bringing or defending such suit or action.  

                        4.2        It is understood and agreed that CLPS has not undertaken a background investigation nor does it warrant the accuracy of the information supplied by the applicant.


These original Policies & Procedures were approved by The Board of Governors of The Chattanooga Bar Association on December 9, 1992, and Amended March 1, 2016.