Summer Associate Program: Pro Bono General Project

Project description:

The Pro Bono General Practice Project, offered through Legal Aid’s Volunteer Legal Services Program, supports Community Legal Aid's mission by expanding the organization’s capacity for protecting the legal rights of working class and low-income people. Through partnerships with private attorneys, law firms, and corporate counsel offices, project staff support volunteer attorneys who provide legal services pro bono, or “for the public good.”


Activities for the role:

The Pro Bono General Practice Project summer associate will receive hands-on experience working with both clients and private practice attorneys in a pro bono, legal aid setting. The summer associate will support the project and can expect to engage in the following activities:

  • Interview clients in all areas of civil law, including family law, bankruptcy/consumer law, probate, housing, and more

  • Work with an attorney to develop client case files (gather appropriate documents, identify appropriate parties, etc.), develop case profiles, and prepare basic pleadings as appropriate in each client’s case

  • Communicate with private attorneys and assist them with case work, as requested

  • Help clients prepare for and attend legal clinics, primarily in the areas of divorce, custody, visitation, collections/consumer, estate planning, and general legal help

  • Prepare draft wills, powers of attorney, living wills, and transfer on death affidavits for the estate planning clinics

  • Assist clients with the preparation of a variety of family law pleadings

  • Assist clients in the preparation of letters to creditors

  • Assist in recruitment, on-going communication with and case support for pro bono attorneys, and training of pro bono attorneys

  • Attend bar association meetings with the Managing Attorney

  • Other duties as assigned


Preferred qualifications:

The strongest candidates will have the following qualifications:

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

  • Strong research/writing background

  • Strong interest for students with their Intern Certificate

  • 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 needed

  • Interest or background in poverty law and/or bankruptcy law is helpful, but not required


Personal attributes:

Successful candidates will possess the following characteristics:

  • Self motivated and able to work on their own and as part of a team

  • Ability to follow directions

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • First-rate oral and written communications skills

  • Ability to relate to and work with both professionals and clients in a professional manner

  • Strong analytical and organizational skills

  • High dependability


Number of open positions: 

There is one open position (Akron)