Summer Interns Program

Dates: May 22, 2017 – July 28, 2017

PROGRAM INFORMATION:LSC's People's Law School in 2014

For program inquiries please contact: lscsummer@law.harvard.edu

The Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School seeks law students to serve as interns this coming summer.  Our summer program runs from Monday, May 22nd  – Friday, July 28th, 2017.  (Note:  on a case-by-case basis, we will also consider split-summers and summer schedules that begin before May 22nd and/or end after July 28th).

Located at the crossroads of Jamaica Plain and Roxbury, the Legal Services Center is Harvard Law School’s largest clinical placement, housing multiple clinics and providing direct legal services to hundreds of low-and-moderate income residents in the Greater Boston area each year. Our longstanding mission is to educate law students for practice and professional service while simultaneously meeting the critical legal needs of the community.

Summer interns will work in one of the following clinical areas:

·      Disability Litigation & Benefits Advocacy Clinic

·      Federal Tax Clinic

·      Housing Law Clinic

·      Predatory Lending Clinic

·      Project on Predatory Student Lending

·      Veterans Legal Clinic(Benefits Project)

·      Veterans Legal Clinic(Estate Planning Project)

LSC’s summer interns are supervised and mentored by experienced clinical instructors. Students will conduct interviews with potential clients seeking advice or assistance; counsel and advise clients; engage in investigation and formal discovery; develop case strategies; prepare pleadings for courts or petitions to administrative agencies; and research case specific legal issues. Some students appear before courts on contested motions, preliminary matters or assist in a trial; others will represent clients before administrative agencies. Overall, we seek to provide students with a singular opportunity to engage in hands-on learning, to test new skills, and to interact with client communities.

In addition to gaining practical lawyering skills, an internship at LSC provides students with a superb opportunity to explore Boston and its many and diverse neighborhoods.

Internships are unpaid, but are eligible for public interest fellowship sponsorship, including through SPIF (Harvard Law School students only) and EJA.  We would be pleased to work with applicants to provide sponsorship for other summer public interest funding.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. To apply, please send (1) a resume, (2) a cover letter which identifies your top three practice-area preferences from our clinical offerings list, and (3) a writing sample to: lscsummer@law.harvard.edu.