The National Center for Youth Law, founded in 1970, opened a new office in Washington, D.C. this year.  The DC office is staffed by a highly experienced group of litigators with strong civil rights backgrounds, strengthening NCYL’s already formidable litigation team.  Under the mentorship of their supervising attorneys, summer law clerks will research novel issues within youth law, write legal memoranda, and assist in ongoing and incipient litigation.  NCYL is committed to hiring a group of law students that reflects the racial and cultural diversity of our clients.  Please apply by January 31, 2017, at https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/16657.

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                The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of Yale Law School (LSO) invites applications for its 2018 Summer Fellowship program. Applications will be accepted from December 4, 2017 and reviewed on a rolling basis. LSO is the main organization at Yale Law School providing legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal assistance but unable to afford private attorneys.  During the academic year, law students work closely with clinical faculty members to represent clients in a wide range of litigation and non-litigation matters, helping to fill a critical need in legal services delivery for poor and marginalized communities in Connecticut.  LSO seeks to hire 20-25 Summer Fellows to work with clinical faculty in order to continue this client representation. These are paid positions, with a salary of $6,960 for 12 weeks of full-time work ($14.50/hour). The Fellowship will run from May 22 to August 17, 2018, with some flexibility as to start and end dates.  Part-time work or full-time work for a portion of the Fellowship period may also be possible.

                Summer Fellows can expect to have a range of challenging and rewarding lawyering experiences during the course of their time at LSO, including client interviewing and counseling; factual development of cases; researching and writing legal memoranda; drafting of contracts and other legal instruments; interacting with opposing counsel, government actors, and community stakeholders; and negotiation and alternative dispute resolution.  In several of our clinics, students will make court appearances to argue motions or present evidence.  Fellows will work under the direct supervision of clinical faculty members and supervising attorneys, and will have significant responsibility for each case or project on which they work.  In addition, faculty members will host a weekly series of presentations and discussions for the Fellows on the work of the clinics, public interest lawyering, and other topics of interest.

                LSO clinics perform a wide range of exciting work, including litigation in state and federal court and before administrative agencies, transactional work on behalf of community organizations, and policy and legislative advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels.  For 2018, LSO seeks Summer Fellows for the following clinics:

  • Advanced Sentencing Clinic
  • Challenging Mass Incarceration Clinic
  • Ludwig Community and Economic Development Clinic
  • Criminal Justice Clinic
  • Immigration Legal Services Clinic
  • Housing Clinic
  • Veterans Legal Services Clinic
  • Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic

For more information on the work of each of these clinics, please visit www.law.yale.edu/lso.

                Students who are eligible for summer funding from their own sources and who need an early decision on their LSO application to qualify for outside support are encouraged to advise LSO of their situation and to request expedited review of their candidacy.

Interested students should email a cover letter specifying the clinic(s) in which you have an interest, a resume, writing sample, transcript, and contact information for two references to lso.fellowships@yale.edu. (Transcripts, if not immediately available, can be sent after the initial application, but before the submission deadline.) The final deadline to submit application materials is February 10, 2018.  Early applications are encouraged.

The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School (CHLPI) advocates for legal, regulatory, and policy reforms to improve the health of underserved populations, with a focus on the needs of low-income people living with chronic illnesses and disabilities.  CHLPI is a clinical teaching program of Harvard Law School and mentors students to become skilled, innovative, and thoughtful practitioners and leaders in health and public health law and policy.  Interns will be integrated into CHLPI’s ongoing projects, and may assist in:

Analyzing the potential impact of proposals to reform or replace the Affordable Care Act;

  • Providing law and policy analysis that informs state advocacy strategies to protect Medicaid;
  • Developing a national litigation strategy for anti-discrimination and improved access;
  • Implementing public health policies that target social determinants in order to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities; and,
  • Investigating best practices for initiatives to increase access to treatment and service programs serving vulnerable populations.

Interns will produce written products and develop policy analysis, research, writing, and presentation skills.  The Internship Program integrates formal assignments with informal opportunities to learn more about working in health law & policy and pursuing a public-interest career.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

The Summer Internship Program runs from Monday, May 21 to Friday, July 27, 2018. (Flexibility is allowed pending prior approval.)  Interns will work at CHLPI’s offices in the Legal Services Center Building (122 Boylston Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130) for a maximum of 40 hours per week.

All students are encouraged to apply for public interest fellowships or similar funding scholarships that may be available through their schools.  CHLPI will support accepted candidates with paperwork as needed from the sponsoring organization.  Additional support may be available through CHLPI for those unable to secure sufficient funding.

The Program is open to all actively-enrolled law students, with a few slots potentially available to students enrolled in other graduate- and undergraduate-level programs.  Students should have a demonstrated interest in health law & policy.

CHLPI is dedicated to mentoring a culturally-diverse generation of health advocates and encourages people of color, people with diverse abilities, immigrants, people living with chronic illness, and members of the LGBTQ community to apply.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications for the Internship Program will be considered on a rolling basis until January 27, 2018.  Applicants should complete this online form.   Applicants should then submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample as a single, consolidated PDF or word document to chlpi@law.harvard.edu.  (We encourage applicants to submit a policy or research paper as their writing sample, not a legal research memo or other document that was significantly edited by another person.)

Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia is accepting applications for judicial internship positions for summer 2018.  See the full announcement here.

December 2017 Public Interest Jobs Clearinghouse.

Neighborhood Legal Services Program of the District of Columbia will have the following openings for up to seven legal interns for Summer 2018:

  • Two interns in the Family Law Unit
  • Two interns in the Brief Services Unit (BSU)
  • One intern in the Housing Law Unit
  • One intern in the Barriers to Employment Unit
  • One intern in the Veterans Legal Assistance Program (VLAP)

Students currently in their second year of law school are eligible to apply for these internships. An announcement for rising 2L’s will be available in early January 2018.

Interns will start the week of June 4, 2018 and end the week of August 10, 2018.  (The start and end dates are negotiable if a certain number of hours are needed.)  Interns will be expected to work full time, Monday through Friday. One Family Law Intern and the Housing Law Intern will be located at NLSP’s Deanwood Office (4609 Polk Street NE). The Barriers to Employment Intern, one Family Law Intern, one BSU Intern and the VLAP Intern will be at NLSP’S Headquarters (64 New York Ave NE). One Brief Services Unit Intern will be located at NLSP’s Southeast Office (2811 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE).

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Family Law Unit and Housing Law Unit Interns will assist supervising attorneys through all stages of the litigation process, including client interviews, drafting complaints and motions, filing and responding to discovery, and preparing for hearings and trial.
  • Brief Services Interns will assist supervising attorneys through all stages of the brief services process, including client interviews, providing brief legal advice in all of NLSP’s practice areas, and assisting clients to fill out pro se court documents.
  • Barriers to Employment Interns will assist with Barriers to Employment cases such as criminal record sealing and complaints involving the Fair Criminal Records Screening Amendment Act. They will also survey patrons of our library-based clinics utilizing a pre-developed survey instrument to assist with an evaluation of our project.
  • Veterans Legal Assistance Program Interns will assist the supervising attorney with discharge upgrade cases and service-connected disability cases. This will include tasks such as gathering records through FOIA requests, reviewing all veteran records, including the Official Military Personnel File and any medical records, and the drafting of memoranda (based on provided templates) regarding the file.
  • Interns will have the opportunity to attend client meetings, court appearances, and community events.
  • Interns will receive training about relevant substantive law, litigation, and NLSP’s approach of using the law to fight poverty.
  • Interns will assist attorneys with legal research and writing.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

All rising 3L’s from accredited law schools are eligible to apply for an internship. Primary selection criteria include

1)      a commitment to serving low-income clients;

2)      passion for public interest law, particularly for civil legal services;

3)      strong academic performance, including excellent research and writing skills;

4)      clinical or other relevant experience working with low-income communities;

5)      exceptional communication skills (written and oral) and strong interpersonal skills; and

6)      an ability to work independently.

COMPENSATION

The internship is not paid; we will work with law schools that fund or provide credit to students.

ABOUT NLSP

Since 1964, Neighborhood Legal Services Program for the District of Columbia (“NLSP”) has provided free legal services in civil cases to low-income residents of the District of Columbia. NLSP pioneered the concept of a law office rooted in the neighborhoods that it serves and established landmark precedents that have retained their vitality and relevance. NLSP remains embedded in D.C.’s most low-income communities, builds its work on strong partnerships with community-based organizations, and seeks to achieve lasting change for its clients and their communities by using a full range of advocacy tools. Its diverse, multi-lingual, and passionate staff embraces an explicitly anti-poverty mission and shares a deep commitment to securing meaningful access to justice.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Those interested in applying for a Summer 2018 Legal Internship should email the application materials by 5:00 pm on Friday, December 1, 2017.

The application should include

  1. A cover letter explaining why you want to intern at NLSP, which of NLSP’s practice areas you are interested in, and why you are interested in that area.
  2. Up-to-date law school transcript.
  3. Resume (Please indicate whether or not you speak any languages other than English and your level of fluency in these languages.)
  4. Name and contact information for two references (law school professors, judges, practicing lawyers or others in a position to comment on the applicant’s qualifications for a position at NLSP).
  5. A relevant and substantive writing sample of original work product of no more than 5 pages in length.

Application materials and any questions should be directed to:

Heather Molina, Managing Attorney, Brief Services Unit and Intake

Emailhmolina@nlsp.org Phone: 202-832-NLSP (6577)

NLSP will interview candidates in early December 2017.

The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless seeks interns for spring 2018. Interns work with staff attorneys to engage in direct representation, education, and policy advocacy with and alongside individuals and families experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. Under attorney and staff supervision, interns gain experience in direct client casework, legal research, drafting legal pleadings, public policy advocacy, and community engagement.  See the full announcement here.

Internships are open to current law students who have completed at least one year of law school, and are interested in doing pro bono or public interest law upon graduation. Applicants should have good oral and written communication skills. Prior experience and interest in direct services and/or working with people who are homeless is helpful, but not required. Ideal applicants have a demonstrated interest in:  Social justice; Legal services and public interest work; Affordable housing; Homelessness; Community engagement and organizing; and/or Public policy advocacy.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through December 1, 2017. Typically, there are 1-2 interns each semester/summer. The internships are unpaid; however, applicants are encouraged to seek out credit or funding from their schools or other fellowship sources. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Caitlin Cocilova at Caitlin.cocilova@legalclinic.org. For more information, call 202-328-5500.