Legal Aid is looking for dedicated, hard-working, and public-interest minded students for its Summer Associate Program. Legal Aid has opportunities available for 2L’s (with or without intern certificate) and 1L’s. Law students applying are expected to work unpaid for at least 10 weeks and may work up to 13 weeks.
For more general information about our Summer Associate Program, click here.
The Economic Security Summer Associate will have immediate contact with clients, will draft documents, and will shadow attorneys at hearings. The Associate will gain valuable litigation experience and will know that he/she has assisted clients in achieving economic stability and obtaining Social Security Benefits, Unemployment Compensations, and various other public benefits.
The Associate can expect to be engaged in the following activities:
- Participate in client interviews and client contact
- Conduct factual investigations including client interviews, requesting and reviewing medical, and other records, searching public records, etc.
- Contact community agencies and medical providers
- Attend hearings, trials and outreach events
- File court documents
- Conduct legal research
- Draft correspondences
- Such other tasks as may be assigned
Course Credit / Externship Credit
Legal Aid often supervises students working for externship or other credit. Please indicate in your cover letter if you intend to work with your law school to receive course credit for your summer position.
Due to limited financial resources, Legal Aid’s Law Student positions are unpaid. Applicants are encouraged to apply for summer funding through the following sources.
- Summer grants/fellowships through individual law schools. Check with your law school for information about this.
- Equal Justice Works, AmeriCorps JD Program, may be offered in 2017. In the past, this program has not offer cash awards, but instead has offered awards that can be applied to educational debt or future education costs. For more information, visit www.equaljusticeworks.org.
- Equal Justice America. Visit www.equaljusticeworks.org for application details.
- Work Study Funding. Check with your school's financial aid office to learn more and for information about how a work study program may affect your overall financial aid package.
- More opportunities may be available. Visit the "Funding Sources" page under "Resource Center" at www.psjd.org.
Summer Associate applicants should have completed their first year of law school by the time they start at Legal Aid. We give special consideration to students with a demonstrated commitment to serving disadvantaged people and communities.
- Demonstrated interest in and sensitivity to the legal needs of the poor, as well as motivation to improve the conditions of the poor.
- Strong research/writing background.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Internet research tools.
- Ability to speak a foreign language is highly desirable.
- Execellent interprersonal skills.
- First-rate oral and written communication skills.
- Professional attitude and ability to relate to professionals.
- Discretion, diplomacy, and tact.
- Strong analytical and organizational skills.
- Highly dependable.
To apply, please send an email to email@example.com* with the subject line "Summer Program." Please attach the following documents:
- Cover letter, including your top two project/unit preferences. Please also indicate in your letter whether you are willing to volunteer, will be receiving credit, are work-study eligible, or are applying for a public interest summer grant/fellowship.
- Contact information for three references
- Writing sample
- Completed Summer Program Application
Please note that applications will only be accepted through the online process. Do not send hard copies of the forms. All submissions will be acknowledged. If you do not receive a confirmation email within one week of sending your application, call (330) 983-2551 to verify its receipt.
Community Legal Aid is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate because of age, race, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or mental or physical disability.