Hands On Learning for Law Students

Law students can advise and represent actual Neighborhood Legal Services clients as well as assist with document preparation and research.

Through both our Summer Intern Program and School Year externships, certified law students can provide representation to clients at court hearings. The summer program is a 10-week immersive program in housing law. After a week of substantive training, students will have their own caseload for which they can provide advice, negotiations, and representation at district justice and arbitration hearings. For more information on the 2024 program and how to apply click here.

Why intern at NLS?

Interns receive substantive training and hands-on experience with clients unlike many other internship settings where students are only doing research and writing. They also have the opportunity to participate in community activities along with the legal experience.

Students currently:

  • Provide thousands of hours of help to our clients under the direction of our attorneys on such legal issues as Protection From Abuse, landlord tenant, employment law, and bankruptcy
  • Are introduced to the practice of poverty law through hands on experience.

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If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the form below with your contact information and area(s) of interest.

What Our Volunteers Say

"As the capacity of such organizations is reduced due to the limitation of public resources, lawyers bear an even greater burden to ensure access to justice."

Carol S.

“Support of NLS by donation of time, talent, or treasure allows us to serve others while serving the law, a noteworthy goal for all lawyers.”

Marie M.

"In representing our clients, we ‘stand up for justice’ every day. The rules of Professional Conduct require us to do the same on behalf of those who cannot afford a private attorney. That’s why I support NLS."

Gary P.

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