Legal Aid Society

An Internship That Makes an Impact

The Legal Aid Society offers rewarding unpaid internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Our internships provide students with a unique opportunity to develop skills and real-world experience with a public interest law firm.

While interning at The Legal Aid Society, students will have the opportunity to observe court proceedings, shadow staff on a typical workday, serve alongside staff in volunteer work, attend workplace meetings, engage in impactful assignments, conduct research, and learn more about the organization’s mission.

 

Internship Opportunities

Current Internships

Meet Our Interns

We are excited to share stories of impact from our Summer 2023 interns, in their own words.

Undergraduate & Graduate Students

The Legal Aid Society offers students the opportunity to work directly with attorneys, paralegals, investigators and staff on client cases. Internships are unpaid and can be part time or full time. Academic credit can be considered if your school offers that opportunity.

Legal Internships

The Legal Aid Society offers exceptional legal internships in the Civil, Criminal and Juvenile Rights Practices. We also attend Career Fairs and conduct On-Campus Interviews at local and nation law schools.

Application Deadlines

Offers for Fall Semester, Spring Semester, and Summer law student internships will be made on a rolling basis during each hiring period. Deadlines for internships can be found here. We accept applications for both 1L and 2L law students. Students in their 1L year should check the website in early December of each year for internship opportunities.

Undergraduate Internships 

The Legal Aid Society offers undergraduate internship opportunities based on unit need. Please visit this site periodically for updates. If an undergraduate position becomes available, it will be listed in our current internship opportunities list. We do not have an estimated time frame for when positions will become available.

 

Intern Investigator Program

We also offer an Intern Investigator Program that provides students interested in a career in law with an exciting, hands-on, in-the-field experience in criminal defense law.

Stipends & Benefits

Interns who meet the eligibility criteria have an opportunity to receive a $1,000 stipend from the Howard Rossbach fund. The Stipend was established in memory of Judge J. Howard Rossbach, Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society (1950-1952, 1953-1955), whose mentorship encouraged young lawyers’ dedication to civic engagement through legal aid. The J. Howard Rossbach Internship Stipend, awarded through a lottery system, aims to support 4-5 interns annually who demonstrate financial need and lack funding for their internship at The Legal Aid Society. To be considered for this stipend, interns must:

  • Applicants must be enrolled as a degree seeking undergraduate or graduate student at any accredited institution
  • Complete the J. Howard Rossbach Internship Stipend Form at the time of submitting their internship application.
  • Must ultimately be accepted to participate in an internship program at LAS
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must lack funding for their internship
  • Must submit a statement reflecting the student’s strong interest in working at Legal Aid upon graduation

Application deadline(s):

Please refer to the deadline listed on the internship description you wish to apply to.

How to apply

To be considered for the J. Howard Rossbach Internship Stipend, simultaneously fill out the J. Howard Rossbach Internship Stipend Form during the submission of your internship application. Only one application per applicant per year is permitted. If more than 4 or 5 applicants are eligible, then recipients will be selected by lottery. Please do not submit multiple forms even if you are applying for multiple internships. Selected interns will be notified prior to the start of their internships. The stipend will be treated as taxable income.

For additional information or inquiries about the internship stipend, please reach out to jobpostquestions@legal-aid.org.

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