Community Legal Services (CLS) seeks bright, energetic law students who are committed to, or interested in learning more about, a career in public interest law. Interns will be assigned to a specific CLS unit and, depending on assignment, may have the opportunity to do legal research and writing, client interviewing and counseling, community education, representation at administrative or court hearings, and trial advocacy. In addition, through special programs and training sessions, interns will be exposed to the full range of CLS practice.
CLS particularly invites internship applications from students who are interested in later applying for a post-graduate fellowship. In recent years, CLS has been awarded Skadden, Independence Foundation, and Equal Justice Works fellowships, and the experience gained and contacts made during an internship at CLS can be invaluable in the fellowship application process.
Qualifications: Community Legal Services, Inc. of Philadelphia offers an internship program for first-year and second-year law students. We will begin accepting applications from second-year law students on September 21, 2012 for our 2013 summer law student internships. All first-year law students are eligible to apply after December 1, 2012.
Salary: Unfortunately, CLS cannot generally offer paid summer positions. Students must either volunteer or secure outside funding through work study, law school or foundation-funded public interest fellowships, or similar programs. In past years, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation has funded a limited number of summer internships with Philadelphia public interest organizations including CLS, and these funds may again be available for students who do not have other sources of funding.
Application Instructions: Applications for our summer internship program will be accepted on a rolling basis between September and February. Interested internship applicants should submit a resume and cover letter via our website to the attention of Rachel Garland, Esq., Chair, Law Student Hiring Committee, Community Legal Services, Inc., 1424 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102. You may also email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1424 Chesnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102