Pro Bono Clearinghouse Legal Intern

Academic Credits


Hours per week

6-10 hours per week



Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date



151 West 30th Street
11th Floor
New York
New York
United States


New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) seeks a law student to work as a Legal Intern in its Pro Bono Clearinghouse for the fall of 2018.

The Organization

NYLPI is a nonprofit, civil rights law firm that strives for social justice. In partnership with member law firms, corporate law departments, and other organizations, NYLPI helps underrepresented people develop legal strategies to serve their vision for themselves and their communities. Created in 1976 to address unmet legal needs, NYLPI combines a pro bono clearinghouse with an in-house practice that blends innovative lawyering, community organizing, and advocacy.

The Clearinghouse provides community groups and nonprofit organizations with free legal assistance by drawing on hundreds of volunteer lawyers from New York’s most prestigious law firms and corporate law departments. Last year, the Clearinghouse placed over 150 transactional and litigation pro bono matters with firms.

The Position

The Clearinghouse legal intern will report to the Director of Pro Bono Programs. The legal intern’s leading responsibility will be assisting with client intake and screening. Clients will primarily be nonprofit start-ups in the early stages of formation, and may also include community-based organizations as well as legal services organizations. The position provides a unique opportunity to interact with a large variety of nonprofits as well as lawyers and pro bono coordinators from some of New York City’s prominent law firms.

Responsibilities include: Phone screening prospective clients and cultivating client relationships; conducting intake and clarifying legal needs; informing clients of their options; explaining our application process; providing resources; evaluating readiness for placement; tracking the status of placed cases; attending placement meetings; and interacting with firms and associates about the importance of pro bono work.

Qualifications: Applicants should be in their second or third year of law school (2Ls & 3Ls) interested in working with nonprofits, learning about nonprofit capacity building, gaining exposure to nonprofits’ legal needs, and pro bono work. Strong customer service skills, interpersonal skills, and solid writing skills are essential. Applicants must be comfortable speaking over the phone and have developed relationship management skills. Applicants must possess a commitment to public interest, be able to work independently and also fit into a team oriented environment.

Applicants should be available to intern 6 to 10 hours per week over one or two days per week starting in October. A travel stipend is available.


A travel stipend is available.

How To Apply

Applicants should send a cover letter, a resume and a writing sample to: Annamaria Santamaria, Program Associate, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, 151 West 30th Street, 11th Floor, New York, New York 10001 via e-mail to Please mention in your email or cover letter where you saw this advertisement.