Clerkships at Vermont Legal Aid
Full-time clerks work 37.5 hours per week for 10 weeks. Part-time clerks generally work 10-15 hours per week for a minimum of 14 weeks.
Vermont Legal Aid is seeking clerks on a rolling basis in a range of our projects and offices. Applicants should specify which project or projects they would like to work with in their cover letters.
Low Income Tax Clinic Clerkship
The clerk will work in VLA’s Low Income Taxpayer Project providing assistance to an attorney and assisting clients who have disputes with the IRS. Tax Project cases include audits, administrative appeals, Tax Court appeals, and collection disputes. The clerk will encounter a wide variety of legal issues including Affordable Care Act issues affecting low-income individuals. The clerk will be provided with an opportunity to interview clients, gather and organize documents for submission to the IRS, engage in student practice before the IRS (subject to approval) and work on other tax-related projects. Knowledge of tax law is helpful but not necessary. This position is located in Springfield, VT.
Elder Law Clerkship
The Senior Citizens Law Project and the Medicare Advocacy Project seek a 1L or 2L student to assist in the representation of seniors in a wide range of cases, both direct service and impact litigation, including housing issues, consumer law, and health care issues, particularly Medicaid and Medicare. The student will assist project attorneys in their case work, including legal research and writing, reviewing and analyzing documents and medical records, and interviewing clients. The work may also involve support for a class action lawsuit regarding the Medicare coverage. The student may have the opportunity to represent clients directly in administrative proceedings. This clerkship will be located in Burlington, VT.
Housing Discrimination Law Project Clerkship
VLA seeks a summer clerk to assist us with our housing discrimination cases. The clerk will have the opportunity to do research and writing and assist in interviewing clients, investigating and preparing cases for trial. The clerk may also have the opportunity to represent a client, with supervision, in an administrative hearing. Our anti-discrimination work in housing focuses primarily on race, color, national origin, familial status, and disability. There may be an opportunity to work on cases or research where the basis of discrimination is gender identity, receipt of public assistance, or age. This position is located in Burlington, VT.
The intern will be placed in VLA’s Montpelier office and work with VLA’s Legislative Committee, monitoring bills of interest to low-income Vermonters, committee hearing schedules, and the progress of specific legislation supported by Vermont Legal Aid or its projects. This will include: sitting in on committee meetings and hearings at the statehouse to track progress on specific legislation; assisting in coordinating VLA staff to make sure Project Directors know when topics of interest are being discussed in the legislature; researching topics that are a priority for VLA and are being discussed in the legislature; statutory drafting; and developing strategies for and drafting testimony to be presented to legislative committees. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This internship is for law students only.
How to apply
Applications are considered on a rolling basis, year-round.
1. Cover Letter
Your cover letter can be addressed to David Koeninger, Deputy Director, and should address the following:
a) Please indicate whether you are applying for a full-time or part-time clerkship. If you are applying for a part-time clerkship, please clearly indicate your proposed start and end dates, and weekly time commitment.
b) Please indicate which position or positions you are interested in, and how your interests, knowledge and experience prepare you for the specific clerkships for which you are applying. If you are interested in more than one clerkship, please rank your preferences so that we can best direct your application.
2. A Current Resume
Please provide the phone numbers and email addresses of three academic or professional references.
4. Writing Sample
Please provide a sample of expository writing. While there is no page limit, excerpts of long briefs or articles are sufficient.
Email your application as a single PDF file to Rose Wunrow with the subject line "VLA Clerkship Application."
It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that their applications are correctly formatted and complete. If you encounter a problem, please do not hesitate to email Rose Wunrow.
We are an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building cultural competency in order to effectively serve our increasingly diverse client community. We encourage applicants to share in your cover letter how you can further this goal.