See the March 2018 issue here.


The Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School seeks law students to serve as interns this coming summer. Our summer program runs from Monday, May 21st – Friday, July 27th, 2018. (Note: on a case-by-case basis, we will also consider split-summers and summer schedules that begin before May 21st and/or end after July 27th).

Located at the crossroads of Jamaica Plain and Roxbury, the Legal Services Center is Harvard Law School’s largest clinical placement, housing multiple clinics and providing direct legal services to hundreds of low-and-moderate income residents in the Greater Boston area each year. Our longstanding mission is to educate law students for practice and professional service while simultaneously meeting the critical legal needs of the community.

Summer interns will work in one of the following clinical areas:

· Federal Tax Clinic

· Housing Law Clinic

· Predatory Lending Clinic

· Project on Predatory Student Lending

· Safety Net Project

· Veterans Legal Clinic – Veterans Justice Project

· Veterans Legal Clinic – Estate Planning Project

LSC’s summer interns are supervised and mentored by experienced clinical instructors. Students will conduct interviews with potential clients seeking advice or assistance; counsel and advise clients; engage in investigation and formal discovery; develop case strategies; prepare pleadings for courts or petitions to administrative agencies; and research case specific legal issues. Some students appear before courts on contested motions, preliminary matters or assist in a trial; others will represent clients before administrative agencies. Overall, we seek to provide students with a singular opportunity to engage in hands-on learning, to test new skills, and to interact with client communities.

In addition to gaining practical lawyering skills, an internship at LSC provides students with a superb opportunity to explore Boston and its many and diverse neighborhoods.

Internships are unpaid, but are eligible for public interest fellowship sponsorship, including through SPIF (Harvard Law School students only) and EJA. We would be pleased to work with applicants to provide sponsorship for other summer public interest funding.


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. To apply, please submit (1) a resume, (2) a cover letter which identifies your top three practice-area preferences from our clinical offerings list, and (3) a writing sample by clicking here.

WCL has just published a “mid-month” issue of the Public Interest Jobs Clearinghouse, which can be found here. It includes new policy positions in the JD/Bar Not Required and Out-of-Town sections

The Christian Legal Aid of DC (“CLADC”) is seeking a full-time law clerk for the summer of 2018. CLADC was formed in 2007 to provide free and low-cost legal services to low-income individuals and families, and it uses this platform to share the love of Christ with its clients. It conducts four legal aid clinics around the District each month and provides advice, services, and representation in landlord/tenant, child custody/support, public benefits, and expungement matters, among other practice areas. For more information about CLADC, please visit its website,

While the position is unpaid, it offers a small stipend (if the student does not obtain funding for his or her work with CLADC from his or her law school or another source). Also, if needed, CLADC may be able to arrange for low-cost or potentially even free housing. A rising 3L is preferred for the position, but rising 2Ls are also encouraged to apply.

The clerk will assist CLADC’s executive director and managing attorney, primarily by performing tasks related to ongoing cases, including meeting with clients, interviewing witnesses, performing legal research, and drafting various case-related documents. The clerk will also have the opportunity to go to court with CLADC’s staff and potentially assist in depositions and trials. The clerk may also be given tasks related to administrative, event-planning, and fundraising matters from time-to-time.

If you’re interested in applying, please submit a cover letter and resume to CLADC at by April 1st, and preferably earlier to guarantee consideration.

First Shift Justice Project is a legal services organization with a mission to empower low income women and parents to assert their workplace rights and maintain their employment.  See the announcement here.


 Tzedek DC provides direct legal services for DC residents with debt issues, advocates for fairer policies nationally and in the District of Columbia, and conducts community-based financial literacy programs. Tzedek DC is currently seeking interns for summer 2018.

 Summer 2018 Legal 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, and can be extended.)  Interns will be expected to work full time, Monday through Friday. Tzedek DC is a non-profit public interest center headquartered at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law.  Interns will work from our offices. Interns will also have the opportunity to attend court hearings and meditations with Tzedek DC attorneys.


 Interns’ responsibilities may include:

·         conducting legal research and writing

·         assisting supervising attorney to conduct client intake, client interviews, and write client declarations in support of hardship requests to dismiss debt collection cases.

·         accompanying supervising attorney to court to shadow mediation and day of representation.

·         researching legislative history, and status of laws nationwide for preparation to advocate for our major policy endeavors.

·         assisting in preparing financial literacy and community legal education trainings; and

·         attending or participating in client meetings, court appearances, and community events. 


Students 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.  Past Tzedek DC summer interns have been able to receive public interest foundation funding. 


The vast majority of low-income community members, lacking access to legal counsel, suffer a range of adverse consequences, including default judgments, impaired credit ratings, credit report problems that reduced future job prospects, and, for hundreds, suspension of their driver’s licenses. Founded in 2016 by a group of volunteers from the Jewish and anti-poverty communities, Tzedek DC is today an independent public interest center at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law.  At Tzedek DC, we work in collaboration with law students, community organizations and service providers, and pro bono attorneys from the private bar to close the justice gap for low-income DC residents facing debt-related crises.


To apply for a Summer 2018 Legal Internship, email application materials by February 28, 2018.

The application should include

1.      A cover letter explaining why you want to intern at Tzedek DC.

2.      Up-to-date law school transcript.

3.      Resume (Please indicate whether or not you speak any languages other than English 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 Tzedek DC).

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 by email to:

Elana Handelman, Intake Specialist & Avodah Service Corps Fellow, Tzedek DC,
Tzedek DC, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Avenue, St. 319, Washington, D.C.  20008.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan federal agency that performs fact-finding and civil rights analysis. It is charged with gathering information about discrimination and denials of equal protection because of color, race, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, or in the administration of justice. The Commission produces reports on civil rights topics for Congress and the President and for public use. Examples of recent topics include: immigration detention, employment discrimination of LGBT people, policing, environmental justice, and voting rights. These reports, and other work of the Commission, can be seen at

Intern responsibilities:  Placements include the Office of Civil Rights Evaluation (in Washington, D.C.), the Regional Programs Unit (in Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Los Angeles), or with specific Commissioners (in Washington, D.C.). The intern will be supervised by Commission staff. The intern’s work can include conducting legal and policy research on civil rights issues, preparing for upcoming briefings and business meetings, assisting in the drafting and development of Commission reports (including both substantive and redline/citation review), and other tasks.

Exact dates and hours of the internship will be determined in consultation with the selected candidates. Unpaid.

To apply, please submit a resume, transcript, writing sample, and a cover letter addressing your interest in working with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Applicants may indicate in their cover letter if they have a preference for which office or Commissioner(s) they are seeking an internship, and if they have a location preference.

Application packages should be submitted via email to Rukku Singla at by Friday February 16, 2018.