LAW STUDENT INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES – Legal Aid Society of DC

August 21, 2014

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia was formed in 1932 to provide civil legal aid to individuals, families and communities in the District who cannot otherwise afford to hire a lawyer. For more than 80 years, Legal Aid has helped tens of thousands of District residents obtain meaningful access to justice.

The majority of Legal Aid’s work involves direct client representation. We also help clients prevent legal problems through outreach and education and assist clients in resolving their own disputes with advice and other brief assistance. In addition, when issues that have an impact beyond an individual client are identified, we often seek a structural solution, a change in the law, or a reform of government practice.

INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTION

Academic year interns (Fall or Spring term) are expected to work a minimum of 12 hours per week throughout the semester, to be arranged according to their class schedules.

Legal Aid is divided into four substantive practice units — housing law, domestic violence/family law, public benefits, and consumer law. Law student interns are assigned to one of Legal Aid’s practice units. Accordingly, applicants should express in their cover letter a preference to work with one or more of these practice units:

 Housing/Landlord and Tenant – preventing eviction, addressing housing code violations, and preserving affordable housing
 Public Benefits – obtaining access to health care, Social Security Disability Insurance/Supplemental Security Income, and other available public benefits
 Domestic Violence and Family Law – securing safety from domestic violence and achieving family stability through custody arrangements and support orders
 Consumer Law – preventing foreclosure and abusive debt collection practices
Interns work with Legal Aid attorneys representing clients in matters pending in the D.C. Superior Court, the D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings, and before public agencies. They have the opportunity to interact with clients and may attend client meetings, hearings, trials and administrative proceedings. Typical assignments include factual investigation, legal research and writing, drafting of pleadings, and hearing/trial preparation. Interns also participate in internal meetings and are responsible for some administrative duties.

APPLICATION
Please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample and transcript (can be unofficial) to Jodi Feldman, Supervising Attorney, at intern@legalaiddc.org.

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