Legal Aid Society of Cleveland announces summer associate program – apply ASAP

Multiple Cities, OH – 2013 Summer Associates Program – Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

AkronLawJobs Job No. 4058 – Deadline:  February 8, 2013

Job Type: INTERNSHIP – Unpaid

Schedule Type: Internship

Practice Areas: Civil Rights & Liberties/Racial Justice Issues, Consumer Protection/Debt/Bankruptcy, Disability Law/Rights, Domestic Violence, Education, Employment/Labor, Family Law, Health Law/HIV-AIDS Issues, Homelessness/Housing/Landlord-Tenant, Immigration, Public Benefits/Social Security, Tax

Job Description – The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (Legal Aid) is looking for 12 – 15 dedicated, hard-working, and public-interest minded students to work in Legal Aid’s four Northeast Ohio offices for our 2013 summer associate program. Legal Aid summer associates commit to working at least 11 weeks. Legal Aid is a non-profit law firm focused on areas of consumer rights, disability, domestic violence, education, employment, family law, foreclosure, health, housing, immigration, public benefits, and tax.  Summer associates work in different areas of the law but all receive the opportunity to learn how to be excellent poverty lawyers. Generally, summer associates will interview clients, draft court pleadings, research relevant legal issues, attend and assist with court hearings and trials, and gather and analyze evidence. In addition, Legal Aid summer associates will participate in weekly trainings on substantive areas of poverty law and observe oral arguments in the 8th District Court of Appeals, meeting afterward with the judges involved. Brown bag lunches with current Legal Aid lawyers and community members including judges, politicians, and leaders of local non-profit agencies are also held on a weekly basis.

Qualifications – Legal Aid summer associate applicants should have completed their first or second year of law school prior to the summer of 2013. Special consideration is given to students with a demonstrated commitment to serving disadvantaged people and communities. If your resume does not reflect a commitment to public service due to personal financial constraints, please provide an explanation in your cover letter.

 Salary – Due to limited financial resources, Legal Aid is unable to pay summer associates. However, traditionally summer associates are able to find outside funding, and applicants are encouraged to apply for summer funding through the following sources:   Summer grants/fellowships through your law school;  Equal Justice Works, Summer Corps Program: Awards $1,000 educational grants which can be applied to educational debt or future education costs. These are awarded on a first come, first served basis so be sure to apply the minute the application is available on line at  Equal Justice America: Visit for 2013 award information and application details.  Work Study Funding: Some universities offer work study funding for summer positions. Please check with your law school financial aid office for particulars at your school. These are just a few of the many funding possibilities. For more funding opportunities, visit the “Financing a Career or Summer Job” page under “Career Central” at Please indicate in your cover letter what funding sources you will be applying for, if any.

Language(s): Law students who speak Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:  Qualifying students should forward a cover letter listing their top two (2) location preferences, a resume, a writing sample, and a list of three (3) references to Kate Ingersoll, Executive Assistant at listing “Summer Associate 2013” in the subject line of the email. Please see page of this job posting for a listing of office locations. Application materials must be submitted by Friday, February 8, 2013. Applications will only be accepted via e-mail. You will receive a confirmation email that your application materials have been received shortly after we receive your application.