Apply HERE (Applications due February 15, 2019)
Location: New York, NY
Address of Internship: Room LL22, 40 Foley Sq, New York 100007
Number of Positions: 1
The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) is a leader in delivering comprehensive, free, quality legal services in civil matters to low-income and vulnerable populations in New York. NYLAG provides services for
The SDNY Pro Se Legal Clinic is one of the first clinics in the nation to provide free, individual legal assistance to non-prisoner, pro se litigants in federal court. The clinic provides assistance at all stages of federal litigation to persons representing themselves in an incredibly diverse range of cases including, civil rights, labor and employment, intellectual property, and securities law. This diversity of cases and litigants provides volunteers with a unique opportunity to gain practical experience “thinking like a lawyer” and solving a variety of legal and non-legal issues while working directly with litigants, creating guides and manuals, providing litigants referrals to litigation alternatives. Interning with the Clinic is a great opportunity for students who are interested in learning about federal court procedures and interacting with clients.
The Clinic, staffed by four full time staff members, is in touch with over 400 litigants a month. An undergraduate intern would not only be able to assist with basic procedural questions and advice, but also allow staff members to engage more substantively with the questions facing litigants that come to the Clinic.
The Pro Se Clinic is located in Room LL22 in the Thurgood Marshall US Courthouse. Judges, US Marshals, court staff, and other legal aid organizations regularly send litigants to speak with Clinic staff about litigating in federal court.
The first point of contact for all litigants entering the Clinic is the Intake Desk. The person at this desk is responsible spotting potential claims, answering procedural questions, scheduling follow up appointments, and referring litigants
After it is determined that a litigant has a colorable claim, the client provides limited-scope advice based on the litigant’s need.
Interns would be supervised and receive guidance for all tasks and roles. Potential responsibilities include:
- Conducting intake interviews of litigants;
- Researching legal and procedural questions;
- Assisting with in-depth interviews of litigants;
- Writing case summaries;
- Attending court conferences with litigants;
- Explaining court orders and motions to litigants;
- Drafting letters and responses to the court; and
- Providing referrals to other organizations and courts that can assist litigants.
Interns will be provided with tasks and roles based on their interests and experience.
Relevant experience includes previous work in in client service positions, research, or work in the legal field. An interest in providing direct client services is also appreciated.
Successful interns are self-starting, thorough researchers, strong writers, interested in engaging directly with clients of all backgrounds, curious about legal questions, and passionate about providing access justice.
Interns should also be comfortable meeting individuals from different backgrounds living across the five boroughs, parts of New York State, and Long Island.
Bilingual applicants are especially encouraged.