The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau hires approximately 15 law students to serve as Summer Legal Interns. Summer Legal Interns will be the primary case handlers on approximately 10-15 cases at a time in the areas of housing, family, government benefits, wage and hour litigation, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). They interact directly with clients, opposing parties, witnesses, and government agencies, engage in extensive factual and legal investigation, draft motions and briefs, research legal issues, conduct discovery, and appear and argue in court. Rising 3Ls and 2Ls may apply, though rising 3Ls and rising 2Ls who have taken an evidence or trial advocacy course are preferred.
HLAB Summer Legal Interns are supervised by HLAB’s Clinical Instructors, practicing attorneys with years of trial and supervision experience, and students will be trained in all the relevant areas of the law. HLAB Summer Legal Interns generally experience a broad range of litigation and legal experience in as many as four primary practice areas. In the Family Law practice, HLAB represents clients, many of whom are victims of domestic violence, in restraining order hearings, divorces, paternity, visitation, child support, and custody disputes. In the Housing Law practice, HLAB represents individual clients who are being evicted from public, subsidized, and private housing, and also works with tenant unions and other progressive organizations to ensure the availability of affordable housing in the Greater Boston area. In the Government Benefits practice, HLAB represents clients at hearings to obtain or retain their Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance benefits or unemployment benefits. In the Fair Wage practice, HLAB allows students to work on affirmative lawsuits addressing violations of state and federal labor laws. Finally in the We ask student to choose a primary concentration in the area of housing or family law. Summer Legal Interns working at HLAB maintain a full-time (40 hours per week) schedule. Though HLAB is unable to pay its Summer Legal Interns due to funding restrictions, we work closely with hired students to secure third-party funding.
The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau was founded in 1913 to provide free legal services for low-income people in the Greater Boston community. As the nation’s oldest student-run legal services organization, the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau aspires to be an engine for progressive change and social justice.
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