Summer Associate Program: Systemic Advocacy and Impact Litigation

Project description:

This position is ideal for a law student who wants to be exposed to multiple areas of the law and has an interest in doing systemic legal work and complex litigation.


Activities for the role:

The summer associate can expect to engage in the following activities:

  • Conduct factual investigations including interviewing clients, requesting and reviewing client, court, and other relevant documents, and reviewing dockets and other public records

  • Conduct in-depth legal, policy, and statistical research that will support systemic litigation and advocacy efforts in multiple areas of the law, including housing, family, education, consumer, immigration, and tax 

  • Attend strategy, project, and practice group meetings, client clinics, and court hearings

  • Draft pleadings, discovery policy comments, research memoranda, and correspondence

  • Other duties as assigned


Preferred qualifications:

The strongest candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Strong research/writing skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and legal and internet research tools

  • Ability to speak a foreign language is highly desirable

  • No prior substantive law, evidence, litigation, or research and writing experience is neededInterest or background in poverty law and/or economic justice is helpful, but not required


Personal attributes:

Successful candidates will possess the following characteristics:

  • Ability to be self-motivated and able to work on their own and in a team

  • Demonstrated interest in and sensitivity to the legal needs of the poor as well as motivation to improve the condition of the poor

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • First-rate oral and written communications skills

  • Ability to relate to and work with both professionals and residents of a community with one of the highest poverty rates in the country

  • Strong analytical and organizational skills

  • High dependability


Number of open positions:

There are two open position (Akron, Warren)