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


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.


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.


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  (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.

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).


  • 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.


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.


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


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.


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 Phone: 202-832-NLSP (6577)

NLSP will interview candidates in early December 2017.

The Mississippi Center for Justice, a nonprofit public interest law firm, invites applications from law students to take part during the summer in our work advancing racial and economic justice in Mississippi. Law students will become a part of history as they bring their time and talents to our campaigns that address sustainable, systemic changes in policies related to predatory lending practices, affordable housing, access to healthcare for everyone, equality in education, re-entry services and more. Although we cannot provide a stipend, we will work with students to meet grant application deadlines at their schools or with other funders, and we can work with the school to provide course credit for the summer experience where appropriate. We will encourage all summer interns accepted into our program to submit an application to Equal Justice Works Summer Corps to earn a $1000 education award (applications open in spring 2018 – check for more information). We also offer a unique legal experience that isn’t limited by the walls of a courtroom. You’ll gain invaluable insight into the many ways that the law can and should improve the quality of life for all Mississippians.

Students should submit a résumé with current contact information, including an e-mail address, and a cover letter that outlines interest in the Mississippi Center for Justice and our work, and identifies what kind of experiences and policy areas draw them to our organization. Email applications are preferred.  Students should also include three references.  If you are applying for a summer grant from an external source, please make any deadlines you must meet clear in the opening paragraph. Please also indicate whether you have a preference for working out of our Jackson, Biloxi (Gulf Coast) or Indianola (Mississippi Delta) office, or if you are open to placement in any of our offices. More information about the Center is available at

Applications for Summer 2018 placement will be reviewed as they are received.


Send resume, cover letter and references to:

Mississippi Center for Justice

Cathy Costello

P.O. Box 1023

Jackson, Mississippi 39215-1023

Phone: (601)352-2269

(Email submission alone is fine.)

The LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia is proud to announce its 2017 Equality Fellowships.  The Community Equality Fellowship will support a law student working at DC-area LGBT legal non-profit organizations this summer.  The Lavender Equality Fellowship will provide the opportunity for a DC area law student to attend the 2017 Lavender Law Annual Conference & Career Fair in San Francisco this August.  The Equality Fellowships aim to encourage law students taking their first steps toward careers tackling our nation’s most complex LGBT legal issues.  The Equality Fellowships will pay up to $1,000 each to law students selected to be LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia Equality Fellows.

Qualifications for the Community Equality Fellowship

  • Current enrollment in a U.S. accredited law school
  • Summer employment offered by a legal organization in the Washington DC metro area
  • Preference will be given to those who work at an organization dedicated to LGBT rights/issues or those who show that their work will advance LGBT rights/issues
  • Employers must be non-profit and non-partisan
  • Commitment to work at least 20 hours per week for at least 10 weeks at the organization during the summer
  • Applicants must demonstrate commitment to LGBT rights and LGBT issues
  • Total funding that the law student is already receiving for summer employment cannot exceed $5,000 (not including the Community Equality Fellowship)

Qualifications for the Lavender Equality Fellowship

  • Current enrollment in a DC-area accredited law school
  • Commitment to attend the 2017 Lavender Law conference in San Francisco in August
  • Applicants must demonstrate commitment to LGBT rights and LGBT issues
  • Cannot be receiving any other external funding to attend the Lavender Law conference
  • Preference will be given to those attending the Lavender Law conference for the first time.

Application Materials

Students interested in the Equality Fellowships should submit the following materials:

  • Application form
  • Résumé
  • Two references (contact information only; letters of recommendation not required)
  • For Community Equality Fellowship Applicants only: Commitment letter or email from employer, which describes (1) the mission and focus of the organization; (2) the type of work being performed by applicant; (3) the duration and hours of the summer position; and (4) the amount of compensation (if any) being offered for the summer position

Please submit all materials by July 7, 2017 to  Questions about the Equality Fellowships can be sent to the above email address.  Applicants will be notified of the Equality Fellowship’s decision in mid-July.

Paul S. Lee

Pro Bono Manager

Dechert LLP

1900 K St. NW

Washington, DC 20006

+1 202 261 3428 Direct

+1 202 261 3116 Fax

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Paid summer law clerk position in Maryland Legal Aid Bureau Prince George’s County Office’s general law practice, which handles landlord-tenant/housing, consumer, bankruptcy, elder law, public benefits, and family/domestic violence cases.

The pay rate is $13/hour for rising 2L students and $15/hour for rising 3L students.  This vacancy is not available to law school graduates or practicing attorneys.

Applicants should e-mail a cover letter and resume by COB Monday, May 8th TO:

Sabrina B. Wear

Supervising Attorney
Maryland Legal Aid

Metropolitan Maryland Office

8401 Corporate Drive, Suite 200

Landover, MD 20785

Phone: (301) 560-2145

Fax: (301) 429-8743