Law Student Volunteer Internships/Externships at Vermont Legal Aid

Law Student Volunteer Internships/Externships/Clerkships at Vermont Legal Aid

VLA seeks qualified law students for internships on a rolling basis in our various offices to assist us in our projects, which include: Disability, Elder, Housing Discrimination, Mental Health, and Poverty Law. VLA will consider law students for positions based upon the student’s application and upon VLA’s workload and space constraints. If you are interested in a project area that is not represented in the descriptions below, please tell us so in your cover letter, as we may consider designing an internship around your skills and interests.

We accept applications from law students seeking academic credit, those who have funding, and volunteers. We regret that we do not have the resources to work with individuals engaged in Vermont’s Law Office Study Program or “reading the law.”

During the summer, VLA hosts interns from law schools across the country. For ten weeks, these law students intern full-time and perform a variety of duties depending on their experience level and the needs of a particular project. These duties can include client interviews and case investigation; memoranda and brief writing; drafting of pleadings and judgments; court representation as a legal intern pursuant to Rule 21; direct representation at administrative hearings; and legal research. VLA also accepts law students for the spring or fall semesters who are available to commit to 10 hours per week for the full semester. 


We are currently seeking law student interns for the following projects:


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 law student intern to assist us with our housing discrimination cases.  The intern 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 sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or receipt of public assistance. This position is located in Burlington, VT.

How to apply

Applications are considered on a rolling basis, year-round. 

Application Components

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

3. References

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.  


Application Submission

Email your application as a single PDF file to Betsy Whyte 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 Betsy Whyte.


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.