InternshipsOpportunities for Law and Undergraduate Students
Academic Semester – Spring 2017: We are now accepting applications for law student internships in our Consumer Law and Public Benefits Law Units for the upcoming Spring 2017 academic semester. We are no longer considering new applications for undergraduate student internships for the upcoming Spring 2017 academic semester.
Summer 2017: We now are accepting applications for law student internships in Legal Aid’s Housing Law and Public Benefits Law Units for Summer 2017. All other law student internships positions for Summer 2017 now have been filled. We also are accepting applications for undergraduate student internships for Summer 2017.
Legal Aid’s Student Internship Program
Legal Aid has academic year (fall and spring semester) as well as summer internship opportunities for law and undergraduate students. Summer interns are expected to work full time for a minimum of 10 1/2 weeks. Academic year interns are expected to work a minimum of 12 hours per week, to be arranged according to their class schedules, but are welcome to work more hours or full time for the semester if available to do so.
Law Student Interns
Law student interns assist Legal Aid attorneys in representing clients in proceedings in D.C. Superior Court and before public agencies. Interns have the opportunity to interact with clients and may attend client meetings, hearings, trials, and administrative proceedings. They also may help staff our housing, consumer, and family law court-based projects. Assignments will include legal research, drafting legal documents and memoranda, and factual investigation. Interns also participate in internal meetings and are responsible for some administrative duties.
Law student interns are assigned to one of Legal Aid’s substantive practice areas. Applicants should express in their cover letter a preference for the legal unit or units in which they would like to work. Please note that internship opportunities with the Barbara McDowell Appellate Advocacy Project are only available during the summer (only one position each summer) and involve intensive legal research and writing.
Undergraduate Student Interns
Undergraduate student interns assist Legal Aid staff in representing individuals and families in adversarial proceedings in D.C. Superior Court and before a variety of public agencies. Undergraduate interns are not assigned to a substantive unit/practice area. Undergraduate intern responsibilities include answering telephone inquiries from persons seeking legal assistance; filing and retrieving court documents; greeting potential clients who come to Legal Aid for assistance; serving subpoenas; reviewing and organizing legal files; drafting correspondence; and summarizing intake interviews. Interns participate in internal meetings and are responsible for some administrative duties. Interns also may have the opportunity to conduct factual research and investigations, attend client meetings, and observe hearings and trials.
To Apply for an Internship
Please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample and transcript (can be unofficial) addressed to Jodi Feldman, Supervising Attorney for Legal Aid’s Pro Bono and Training Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.