Law Student Summer Intern Program

AGENCY DESCRIPTION: Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® (LawNY®) is a regional law firm providing legal assistance to low-income persons throughout a fourteen-county area of Western New York from seven staffed offices. LawNY® receives funding from the Legal Services Corporation, New York State Office of Court Administration, Interest on Lawyer Account (IOLA) Fund of the State of New York, AmeriCorps, Equal Justice Works and numerous municipalities, foundations, and donors. Our workforce includes approximately 140 attorneys, paralegals, and support staff.


The purpose of the summer internship is to provide law students with a complete and meaningful summer legal experience in the public interest sector. Students will provide assistance on a variety of civil legal matters including housing, disability, family law, unemployment insurance, public benefits, consumer law, and/or foreclosure issues,per the student’s interest and LawNY®’s needs. Projects and activities may include conducting client intakes/meetings; corresponding with clients via phone or mail; conducting legal research; preparing pleadings, memorandums, and other legal documents; and advocating for clients. Students will gain exposure to a variety of legal forums and other social services agencies.

COMPENSATION: LawNY is unable to compensate law students interning this summer, however, our offices would be willing to support students seeking academic credit for their internship. It is recommended and encouraged that students apply for public interest scholarships through their law schools, bar associations, or other non-profits and any other organization that would provide a scholarship or award. In addition, students are welcome to hold outside employment to supplement their income during non-business hours of LawNY®. Service hours may also be used to satisfy the requirement that applicants complete 50 hours of pro bono service in order to be admitted to the New York State Bar. It is anticipated that students will intern for approximately 10 weeks for 30 hours per week, however, alternate scheduling may be available.

LOCATIONS: Students may apply to work in any of LawNY’s seven offices: Bath, Elmira, Geneva, Ithaca, Jamestown, Olean, or Rochester.

TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter (addressed to Michaela Rossettie Azemi, Staff Attorney), resume, and list of three references to: by January 31, 2020. In your cover letter, please indicate the office location in which you would like to work.

Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.