December 2017 Public Interest Jobs Clearinghouse.


November 29, 2017

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, D.C.’s oldest and largest general civil legal services program, seeks a highly qualified candidate for its Sidley Austin Appellate Advocacy Fellow. The one year fellowship, made possible through the generous support of Sidley Austin LLP, will begin Fall 2018.

Legal Aid’s nationally-recognized Barbara McDowell Appellate Advocacy Project, which will house the fellow, has been called a “model of excellence” by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. Named after its first Director, a renown appellate and U.S. Supreme Court advocate, the Project litigates precedent-setting appeals on behalf of Legal Aid clients and files “friend of the court” briefs in cases involving matters of importance to people living in poverty. Beyond litigation, the Project provides appellate instruction, consultation, and advice to the larger D.C. legal services community. Although most of the Project’s work involves cases before the District’s highest court – the D.C. Court of Appeals – the Project also gets involved in administrative appeals and cases before the D.C. Superior Court and the federal courts. For more information about Legal Aid and the Appellate Advocacy Project, please visit our website,, and our blog, www.MakingJusticeReal.Org.

The Sidley Austin Appellate Advocacy Fellow will be responsible for conducting legal research and writing; drafting legal and factual memoranda and briefs; conducting applicant and client interviews and meetings; reviewing and analyzing court filings and records; assisting with the maintenance of Legal Aid’s appellate case files, records, and dockets; engaging in oral advocacy, as appropriate; and other tasks as assigned to him/her by the Appellate Project Director, the Legal Director, or the Executive Director.

Ideal applicants are recent law school graduates or individuals who have completed a judicial clerkship or will have completed a clerkship by the fall of 2018. The successful candidate will also have the following:

  • Exceptional legal research and writing skills;
  • Strong litigation, organizational, communication, and leadership skills;
  • An ability to multitask, juggle and complete assignments, and meet deadlines;
  • A demonstrated commitment to social, economic, and racial justice;
  • An ability to work with Legal Aid’s diverse client community; and
  • Proficiency or fluency in Spanish or another language a plus.

Membership or eligibility for membership in the D.C. Bar is required.

The Sidley Austin Appellate Advocacy Fellow will be paid in accordance with Legal Aid’s attorney salary scale. Legal Aid offers a generous benefits package.

To Apply

Legal Aid values an inclusive, diverse workplace and encourages applications from interested persons of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. We strongly encourage applications from people with personal experience with the criminal justice system and/or with lived experiences in the communities we serve. Please submit a resume and letter of interest here: Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position remains open until filled.

Entry Level Employment Justice Attorney

Employment Justice Clinic Coordinator

Bilingual Paralegal

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 Staff Attorney works with staff, board members, pro bono attorneys, and coalition partners to manage and support DC Appleseed projects; recruits and supervises law school interns; and has some administrative duties. The Staff Attorney will direct DC Appleseed’s Affordable Housing and Anacostia Watershed projects. These projects currently include matters involving: eliminating barriers and streamlining access to affordable housing financing and permitting; monitoring and supporting effective implementation of the District’s Opportunity to Purchase Act (DOPA); increasing job and infrastructure investments to prevent stormwater runoff; facilitating progress on the Anacostia River Sediment Project; and helping ensure the equitable development of parkland in the Anacostia River corridor and preventing displacement of current residents.

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 For more information, call 202-328-5500.


Legal Counsel for the Elderly is expanding our Legal Hotline and adding a full-time attorney to our team.  Please note that this job requires 4 years of legal experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of the position.  Non-DC Barred applicants must be eligible to waive in.
You must apply via the AARP website, which you’ll find here (along with the job description):

Please be sure to include a cover letter, which you must combine it into a single document with your resume before uploading.