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.

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The Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics of The George Washington University Law School announce the availability of new graduate clinical fellowships for the academic years of 2018-20.  In recognition of the generous gift of Philip Friedman, the Fellows are known as Friedman Fellows.

The 2018-20 Friedman Fellowships begin in the summer of 2018.  Fellows are assigned to the specific law school clinic that matches their background and experience.  Although different clinics provide Fellows different responsibilities and experiences, each clinic provides a Fellow with opportunities to co-teach and co-supervise, alongside experienced clinical faculty, the law students enrolled in the clinic.

The Friedman Fellowship program affords every Fellow the opportunity to learn about 1) clinical education and public interest lawyering through the practice of engaging in each, 2) teaching and supervising law students engaged in these activities, and 3) participating in a program of study in which these are the primary topics of inquiry.  Throughout their two years in residence, Fellows can receive specific instruction and guidance in teaching and supervising clinical law students, and in writing scholarship for publication.  The program provides Fellows with mentorship and support from the clinical faculty and administration, and from the law school in general.

We are currently seeking applications from candidates with strong academic, clinical, and lawyering experience.  We are especially interested in applications from lawyers with background and experience in the following areas: civil legal aid practice, community economic development law, criminal defense practice, cyberviolence, domestic violence, family law litigation, prisoner re-entry issues, small business and nonprofit law, and transactional law.

Fellows receive an annual stipend of $60,000 and are eligible for university employment benefits, such as health insurance, tuition assistance, and other benefits related to law school affiliation.  Fellows must be members of a state bar. Candidates who are not members of the D.C. Bar must be eligible for immediate waiver into the D.C. Bar.

By November 30, 2017, each applicant should send a letter of interest, a resume, a list of references, and a complete law school transcript to clinicadmin@law.gwu.edu.  Questions can also be submitted to clinicadmin@law.gwu.edu.  The George Washington University Law School is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. The University undertakes special efforts to employ a diverse workforce.

Legal Aid is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Staff Attorney, Family Unit

Staff Attorney, Public Benefits

Neighborhood Legal Services Program (“NLSP”), a private, non-profit law firm that provides high quality civil legal services to low-income residents of the District of Columbia, seeks to hire a fulltime Staff Attorney with at least three years of family law experience, as well as knowledge of family law practice in the District of Columbia and knowledge of public benefits programs.  See the full announcement here.

Neighborhood Legal Services Program Neighborhood Legal Services Program (“NLSP”), seeks to hire a full time Staff Attorney with at least two years of family law
experience and knowledge of family law practice in the District of Columbia. The Staff Attorney’s primary focus will be family law, with a secondary focus in consumer law. This position will be located in NLSP’s Ward 7 office at 4609 Polk Street NE, Washington, D.C.  See the full announcement here.

See the full announcement here.

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

E-mail: swear@mdlab.org

www.mdlab.org