CENTS: Consumer Education and Training Services – Volunteer Legal Researcher/Writer, Open until filled

Position: Volunteer Legal Researcher/Writer
Open to: All law students
Time Commitment:1 semester; summer, 30-40 hours/week
Location: Virtual (work from home online, occasional meetings at KCBA)
Type of Supervision and Training: Supervision and training provided by CENTS staff
Application Process: Email the contact below with a resume, cover letter, and your start/end dates and available hours per week.
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Contact: Tony Leahy, tony@centsprogram.org

Consumer Education and Training Services (“CENTS”) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping consumers make informed legal and financial decisions.  CENTS, working with the King County Bar Association, has been a leader in local efforts to provide consumer education and protection services.

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Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Research current areas of the law involving personal bankruptcy, mortgage fraud, foreclosure, credit cards, and other similar consumer/financial issues.
  • Examine and filter the research findings to highlight the most important information for consumers.
  • Compile the relevant legal findings and create short, individual guides that will be available to consumers on the CENTS website.
  • Describe complex areas of the law in a clear and concise way that the average consumer can understand.
  • Those able to volunteer 40 hours a week will have the opportunity to shadow attorneys at the Debt Clinic and/or watch bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Internship will also build in networking component so you can meet attorneys practicing bankruptcy/consumer law.
  • Ability to work independently on project. Volunteers will meet with supervisor periodically on the phone or downtown Seattle.

Education and Experience:

  • Experience with research and writing
  • Legal education- including attorneys and law students
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