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CLA’s student internship program

Community Legal Aid has academic year (fall and spring semester) as well as summer internship opportunities for law and undergraduate students.  Summer interns usually work full time for a minimum of 10 weeks.  Academic year interns are expected to work a minimum of 10 hours per week, to be arranged according to their class schedules, but are welcome to work more hours or full time for the semester if available to do so.

CLA also encourages students participating in a co-op program to consider working with us for a semester or a school year.

Law student interns

Law student interns assist CLA attorneys in representing clients.  With appropriate supervision, interns have the opportunity to interact with clients and may conduct initial client interviews and attend client meetings, hearings, trials, and administrative proceedings.  Assignments will include legal research, drafting legal documents and memoranda, and factual investigation.  Interns also participate in staff meetings and are responsible for some administrative duties.

Law student interns are assigned to one of CLA’s substantive practice areas.  Applicants should express in their cover letter a preference for the area of law in which they would like to work.

We are especially interested in providing internships to students who are work-study eligible or who come with partial or full funding of their own (through public interest law grants or other sources).  Interested students should review the website of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation to learn about the Foundation’s summer internship stipend.

Undergraduate student interns

Undergraduate interns are not assigned to a substantive unit/practice area.  Undergraduate intern responsibilities include answering telephone inquiries from persons seeking legal assistance; filing and retrieving court documents; serving subpoenas; reviewing and organizing legal files; drafting correspondence; and summarizing intake interviews.  Interns participate in staff meetings and are responsible for some administrative duties.  Interns also may have the opportunity to conduct factual research and investigations, attend client meetings, and observe hearings and trials.


To apply, please contact intern [at] cla-ma [dot] org with your resume and cover letter. 

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