Headquarters: 199 Water Street
The Legal Aid Society's Civil Practice has non-paid internships in its various NYC borough offices and specialized units for the Summer 2019 term. Legal interns assist the Civil Practice attorneys, who work to improve the lives of low-income New Yorkers by helping vulnerable families and individuals obtain and maintain the basic necessities of life -- housing, health care, food, and subsistence income or self-sufficiency. The attorneys enhance family and community stability and security by resolving a full range of legal problems, including but not limited to anti-eviction, domestic violence, family law, immigration, employment, tax, health, elder law, HIV/AIDS, and consumer law issues. A full description of the Units can be viewed on our website at https://www.legalaidnyc.org/civil/. Internships are available in the:
Community Development Project -- Provides legal representation, education, advocacy, and other support to foster grassroots community development in New York City.
The Consumer Law Project -- Provides representation, legal assistance, legal advocacy, and education to clients who are vulnerable to the abusive practices of unscrupulous lenders and creditors.
The Education Law Project -- Provides essential legal advocacy to families of children with disabilities in need of special education support and services.
The Elder Law Practice -- Offers comprehensive legal assistance to senior citizens through a telephone intake system and by Housing Court referrals.
The Employment Law Unit -- Provides legal services to low-wage and unemployed workers. Most cases involve unemployment insurance, wage and hour violations, and workplace discrimination.
The Family/Domestic Violence Practice -- Provides legal services to individuals, families, and survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking throughout the City.
The Foreclosure Prevention Project -- Serves homeowners facing the loss of their homes as well as renters in buildings subject to foreclosure.
The Government Benefits and Disability Advocacy Project -- Helps the neediest New Yorkers obtain and maintain the government benefits to which they are entitled to and addresses income inequality through advocacy and class action litigation.
The Health Law Unit assists low-income individuals and community advocates with a range of legal issues, such as eligibility for public health insurance programs and access to health care services for individuals who are uninsured.
The HIV/AIDS Representation Project (H/ARP) -- Serves persons living with HIV and AIDS in the areas of government benefits, family law, consumer law, housing, estate planning, discrimination, and other general civil matters.
The Homeless Rights Project -- Works continually to establish and maintain the right to shelter, assistance, and services for homeless families and individuals in New York City.
The Housing Law Practice -- Offers critical legal services to prevent homelessness and displacement among the city's most vulnerable families and individuals, including representing clients facing eviction in nonpayment and holdover proceedings in housing court.
The Housing Development Unit - Represents tenants' associations and community groups in housing and landlord/tenant matters to enforce tenant rights and improve tenant quality of life. Also represents tenants and shareholders in the development and preservation of low-income cooperatives.
The Immigration Law Unit -- Promotes family reunification and family stability through comprehensive citywide immigration legal services. Immigration Law Unit staff represent low-income immigrant adults and youth in obtaining lawful status, applying for citizenship and defending against deportation/removal before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and in immigration court and federal court.
The Law Reform Unit -- Builds upon the needs of individual clients to effect systemic changes through litigation and advocacy that benefit large numbers of clients with similar legal problems.
The Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic -- Provides legal representation and advice to low-income taxpayers in disputes with the IRS and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. The Clinic operates a helpline in English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese.
The Reentry Project -- Provides advice and legal representation for clients who are reentering the community. The Reentry Project focuses primarily on housing, public benefits and family law issues that arise during incarceration.
The Single Stop Program -- Provides intake at community-based organizations and CUNY locations throughout New York City. The Single Stop Program is stationed at 16 sites throughout the City that are specifically chosen to reach out to families within their own neighborhoods and at locations where they already receive other social or child care services.
PRIMARY AND SECONDARY DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES
Interns will work directly under the supervision of Civil Practice attorneys. Duties may include: drafting motions, pleadings, memoranda of law, and affidavits; conducting legal research; attending court and administrative hearings with attorneys; assisting with client interviews; and other duties as assigned.
Manhattan - Legal Aid Society Headquarters
* 2Ls and 3Ls are eligible to apply for the Summer 2019 term.
* These are full-time positions.
* Relevant clinical program or work experience is preferred, but not required.
* Demonstrated commitment to and interest in serving racially and socioeconomically oppressed communities.
* Ability to work collegially and collaboratively with all members of the staff.
* Ability to manage multiple tasks, deadlines, and think critically.
* Fluency in languages besides English, in particular Spanish, is helpful but not required.
You will be asked to rank your unit preference when you apply. We will do our best to accommodate a preference, but placement is contingent on the availability of internship spots within a Unit. Our hiring process is extremely competitive so we encourage students to apply early. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified by email whether or not they have been selected for an interview.
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
The leadership of The Legal Aid Society is committed to a working culture of zealous advocacy, respect, diversity and inclusion, client-oriented defense, access to justice and excellent representation. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.
HOW TO APPLY
Students should indicate a preference for the Unit and/or borough they would like to work with. A cover letter and resume are required. You must apply online at the LAS Recruitment Portal.
The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- Women, People of Color, Members of LGBTQ+ communities, Veterans, and People with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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