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Why intern with LAS?

The Legal Aid Society’s Internship Program allows law students to make equal access to justice a reality.  Interns help expand Legal Aid Society’s capacity to provide legal services to clients in need.

The Legal Aid Society pairs each law student with a staff attorney supervisor. Interns have the opportunity to:

  • Interview clients
  • Prepare pleadings, motions, and discovery requests/responses
  • Conduct legal research
  • Present cases at case acceptance meetings
  • Attend court dates (711 license required)
  • Argue motions in court (711 license required)

Opportunities

Applications are now open for summer 2020 internships at Legal Aid Society! Current intern opportunities:

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Dana Harbaugh, Pro Bono Program Coordinator, at HarbaughD@metrofamily.org. Please include which practice group you are applying to in the subject line of your email.

Funding

Legal Aid Society provides a very limited number of paid internships; however, there are many options for external funding. Some great sources of funding for public interest internships are:

  • Public Interest Law Initiative
  • Equal Justice America
  • Equal Justice Initiative

Addtionally, many law schools provide stipends to students wishing to intern at a public interest organization. We are happy to assist with any funding applications.

LAS also accepts applications from students wishing to extern for credit.

Intern Spotlight: GENESIS

Genesis Hernandez first joined the Legal Aid Society as a summer intern in 2019. She worked with Supervising Attorney Andrea Belard in the Safety & Family Practice Group. After interning with a judge for a semester, Genesis returned to LAS to work with us again for the spring.

“I love interning at LAS because I feel welcome and embraced by everyone here. I am included in meetings with clients, with the staff, and I get to observe and learn from the best. I am here to serve the clients and assist the attorneys, but it stood out to me when an attorney told me, the staff is also here to help me. I really value how everyone takes the time to sit with me, answer any questions, and explain case information and procedures.”

– Genesis Hernandez, Family Law Intern

OUR IMPACT

  • In FY‘19, Legal Aid Society hosted 19 interns from ten law schools.
  • Interns provided 3,354 hours of legal assistance valued at over $400,000 in FY’19.

CONTACT US

Dana Harbaugh, Pro Bono Coordinator
Call: 312-986-4487
Email: HarbaughD@metrofamily.org 

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