Open to: All law students
Time commitment: 35 hours/week for 10 weeks
Application Process: Send a cover letter and resume to the contact below.
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Contact: King County Bar Association, attn: Paige Hardy, firstname.lastname@example.org, (206) 267-7025; fax: (206) 267-7099; 1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700, Seattle, WA 98101
Volunteer Legal Services (VLS) is looking for an intern committed to social justice and interested in advocating for low-income individuals. VLS provides direct representation to low-income clients in King County with the following legal issues: Chapter 7 bankruptcy, debt defense, estate planning, Social Security overpayments, and vacating criminal records.
- Interview and screen clients for program eligibility
- Gather factual information and documents from clients, draft detailed case summaries, and provide legal analysis to staff attorney
- Assist clients with gathering documents and maintain client contact/relations
- Refer cases to volunteer pro bono attorneys
- Maintain organized electronic case records and files
- Attend and assist attorneys at monthly wills clinic at Bailey Boushay House
- Provide additional administrative support as needed
Time Commitment: 35 hours per week, 10 weeks
- Willingness to learn multiple areas of the law relevant to the VLS program
- Knowledge or experience working with a diverse client base including low-income people with physical disabilities, mental health issues, from various ethnic and racial backgrounds
- Commitment to increasing the access to justice for low-income King County residents
- Excellent communication and time management skills
- Detail oriented and ability to work independently
- This position will provide experience in practical legal skills such as client interviewing, legal issue spotting, case development, and knowledge of civil legal aid in King County.
- This position is unpaid, but can be sponsored for academic credit if available through the student’s school.
- Free Pro Bono Services Brown Bag CLE trainings.
Training: Training is provided in the legal areas relevant to the internship. Intern are trained and supervised by the Volunteer Legal Services Staff Attorney. For externs receiving academic credit, legal supervision is also provided by the Director of Pro Bono Services.