Veterans Legal Services (VLS) is currently accepting applications for full-time, unpaid Law Student Advocate internship positions for Summer 2022. We regret that we are unable to offer a salary or stipend and encourage applicants to seek public interest funding opportunities through the Boston Bar Association or your law school.
We are anticipating the position will be hybrid with both in person and remote work; however this position may potentially be entirely remote based on public health guidance. Students will participate in virtual intakes and legal clinics*, and have the opportunity to speak with veterans who are seeking legal services. Students will conduct intake interviews, issue-spot, and report to supervising attorneys.
Students will also be responsible for managing their own caseloads under the supervision of an attorney. Additional Law Student Advocate duties include:
communicating with clients by phone and mail;
communicating with opposing parties;
conducting legal research;
drafting memos, pleadings, and other court documents;
assisting the Pro Bono Director with a variety of tasks related to case assignment to our volunteer attorney panel; and
assisting with administrative tasks as needed.
The position offers a unique opportunity for law students with a demonstrated interest in public interest law, civil rights issues, and/or giving back to our veterans, to have substantive client interaction. This internship offers the potential to culminate with the presentation of a case at an administrative hearing.
Law Student Advocates are required to commit to working 35 hours per week for at least 10 weeks, beginning on or about June 6, 2022, and ending August 12, 2022.
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to VLS Senior Staff Attorney Eve Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with preference given to those received by March 15, 2022.
VLS is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences.
*: if legal clinics have resumed by then, based on Covid-19 guidance.