The Clinic has rigorous, challenging and fun internships during the fall and spring semesters for law students interested in working 8-10 hours a week or more. These internships are designed to give law students a taste of public interest law while also balancing their school obligations.
The Clinic’s Summer Internship Program requires a law student to work 20-40 hours a week depending on the position they are offered. Summer Legal Interns will have very real experience in the legal field through client interactions, attorney mentoring and supervision. Interns will have the opportunity to work alongside other law students from around the country as well as undergraduate students interested in attending law school in the future.
Project GRACE Expungement Help Desk
The Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic’s Project GRACE (Guided Re-entry And Community Education) has initiated the Pro Se Justice Project to further improve delivery of legal services to persons with low income. The program has established a Help Desk at the City County Building staffed by law students, volunteers, and Clinic staff. The Help Desk currently distributes information, provides basic navigation through petitions, and answers general questions regarding the expungement/sealing of criminal records. Help desk staff assists qualified persons in properly filling out the paperwork, but will not offer legal advice or representation. Training is provided to all volunteers and knowledge of criminal law is not necessary in order to become a volunteer at the Help Desk.
One-Day Events & Research
If a student is unable to come into the Clinic office or assist at our Project GRACE Help Desk, we do have oneday events where Law Student support is helpful. The Clinic could also use the help of Law Students interested in performing research. If you want to get involved but would prefer to work from home performing research or if you’d rather assist at a one-day event, please email the Clinic’s Volunteer Coordinator.
These are great opportunities for law students who are interested in engaging with the low income population and nonprofit legal work, while also gaining real experience of the legal world. The student should both have the passion for public interest law, the willingness to take on challenges and work independently. The Clinic gives a lot of responsibility to its legal interns and the students who apply should be prepared for the commitment and followthrough that these positions require.