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, firstname.lastname@example.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.
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