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The Harvard Law School Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) is offering two summer clerkships for summer 2018.  The mission of CJI is to train law students in becoming effective, ethical and zealous criminal defense lawyer-advocates through practice in representing indigent individuals involved in the Massachusetts court system as well as to research and present issues and debates about the criminal and juvenile justice systems in order to affect local, state and national reform.

Law clerks can expect to perform legal research, draft motions, interview clients and witnesses, perform field investigation, assist CJI clinical instructors with every aspect of the case, attend court proceedings and perform a wide range of research and case preparation duties.  CJI is an excellent place for a clerkship as you will be matched with a seasoned clinical instructor, and you will gain valuable experience researching, investigating, drafting motions, and interviewing witnesses.

CJI requires that all law clerks work 15-20 hours a week with a commitment of three days a week.  We are looking for dedicated, committed, and passionate individuals who have a strong interest in working closely with clients charged in the criminal justice system.  The clerkships begin Wednesday, June 20, 2018 and end Friday, August 24, 2018.  Please note that these are unpaid clerkships. If interested, please submit a resume and cover letter to Amy Elizabeth Soto, Administrative Director, at asoto@law.harvard.edu.  Applicants will then be contacted for interviews. The deadline for submission of applications is Friday, April 27, 2018, and interviews will take place in early May.  This is an excellent opportunity for students with an expressed interest in criminal defense.