Apply! Law and Policy Internships, Bilingual Legal Aid Attorney Position

Internship Opportunities at BPI 

Internship opportunities are available for law students at Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI) in Chicago. These internships offer interns broader exposure to policy research, lobbying, and coalition building.

BPI is a public interest law and policy center that addresses compelling issues of social justice and quality of life in the Chicago region. BPI’s staff of lawyers and policy specialists uses legal and policy research, advocacy, organizing, litigation, and cross-sector collaboration to affect change in the areas of affordable housing, public housing, public education, and political reform.

Each summer, BPI hires 6–8 interns from law and graduate policy programs across the country to perform mission-critical work across several project areas.  In addition to providing interns with challenging work and meaningful feedback, BPI hosts weekly brownbag lunches to educate interns on different areas of our work and organizes social outings to foster a collegial working environment.  BPI summer interns have gone on to work at legal aid organizations, policy centers, and law firms across the country.  Additionally, several members of our staff started as BPI summer interns.

Through Chicago’s Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI), we offer paid internships to law students unable to secure funding through other sources.

Internship offers are made on a rolling basis until the class fills, so students are encouraged to apply early to remain competitive.  For more information, see the online flyer 2012-2013 Intern BPI Flyer.

Legal Aid Justice Center Is Hiring a Bilingual Attorney

legal_aide_justice_centerThe Legal Aid Justice Center seeks a bilingual attorney to join its office in Falls Church, Virginia. The work includes the provision of general civil legal assistance in the areas of housing, consumer, and employment law for Northern Virginia’s diverse low-income immigrant communities. The Legal Aid Justice Center also provides extensive representation to, and work closely with, the region’s predominantly Latino day laborers.

The Legal Aid Justice Center is a nationally recognized, non-profit program providing free civil legal assistance from four offices throughout the state of Virginia. Our dynamic staff of more than thirty advocates pursue systemic legal advocacy for all low-income Virginians using a wide array of strategies. Through legal representation, community organization, and statewide advocacy, the Legal Aid Justice Center works both to eliminate the immediate symptoms and to address the underlying causes of poverty in Virginia. The Center encourages diversity, value unique voices, pursue our goals with passion, and have fun while working for the public interest.

Qualifications include membership in the Virginia bar or eligibility to waive in immediately and Spanish language proficiency. Competitive public interest salary DOE. Exceptional fringe benefits include generous leave, fully paid health insurance, retirement plan, student loan repayment assistance, and a great work environment.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, references and a writing sample by e-mail to Alex Gulotta and Ivy Finkenstadt, followed by a hard copy to:

Alex R. Gulotta, Executive Director Legal Aid Justice Center
1000 Preston Avenue, Suite A Charlottesville, VA 22903

E-mailed applications will only be considered if followed by a hard copy.