Vermont Legal Aid and Legal Services Vermont are seeking 5 law students to fill 5 openings for summer internships in the Housing Discrimination Law Project, the Disability Law Project, the Elder Law Unit, the VOCA Project, and a Legal Services Vermont general internship. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, internships for the summer of 2021 will be remote. Interns will assist their supervising attorney in working directly with clients, investigating, and preparing cases for trial. Depending on timing, the pandemic, and their eligibility under Vermont law, law student interns may also have the opportunity to represent a client, with supervision, in an administrative hearing or in court.
The internships are unpaid, but we will work with you to fulfill any requirements necessary to allow access to work-study or other school-based or Equal Justice AmeriCorps funding you may have applied for.
- The Housing Discrimination Law Project (HDLP) works to stop housing discrimination and to protect Vermonters' right to choose where they live. Our anti-discrimination work in housing focuses primarily on race, color, national origin, having children, and disability, with some cases or research where the basis of discrimination is gender identity, receipt of public assistance, or being a victim of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault. Summer interns will focus primarily on a significant research or writing project.
- The Disability Law Project (DLP) represents people with civil legal problems related to their disability. The intern will assist the DLP in representing clients in a variety of substantive legal areas: guardianship, Medicaid, special education, and disability discrimination in employment, by public entities and public accommodations. In addition, the DLP intern will work on systemic administrative advocacy and assigned research projects to support ongoing individual and systems advocacy work.
- The Elder Law Unit represents seniors on legal issues like public housing, health care, government benefits, guardianship, and bringing Medicare appeals concerning home health services, durable medical equipment, nursing care, and prescription drug coverage. We advocate on behalf of seniors, including testifying before the legislature, regarding policy matters that impact their safety, dignity, and rights.
- The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) intern will work with victims of crime of all ages in civil and criminal proceedings, including domestic violence and sexual assault cases. These cases may include seeking Relief from Abuse orders as well as related legal issues in public housing, government benefits, or employment.
- Legal Services Vermont (LSV) represents low-income individuals with a broad scope of civil legal issues. LSV will screen clients for the programs above and represent eligible clients in areas of housing, health, public benefits, consumer, and other legal issues that do not fit other programs. An LSV intern may assist in call screening, client interviewing, drafting memos, outreach to community groups, and conducting legal research, all under supervision and mentorship of an attorney.
How to apply
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 project area(s) you are interested in (if any in particular), and how your interests, knowledge and experience prepare you for the clerkship for which you are applying.
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 Betsy Whyte with the subject line "VLA/LSV 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.