Summer Intern Program
2021 Summer Intern Positions
No longer Accepting Applications
Elder Law - Olean
Housing - Jamestown
Fair Housing - Rochester
Oaklander Fellow - (Cornell Law students only) Ithaca
AGENCY DESCRIPTION: Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® (LawNY) is a not-for-profit law firm providing free legal services to eligible clients in civil cases through seven regional offices covering a 14-county area in Western New York. LawNY receives funding from the Legal Services Corporation, New York State Office of Court Administration, Interest on Lawyer Accounts (IOLA) Fund of the State of New York, United Way, AmeriCorps, Equal Justice Works, Office of the NYS Attorney General, and numerous municipalities, foundations and donors. Our workforce includes approximately 160 attorneys, paralegals and support staff.
It is LawNY’s mission to increase access to justice through excellent legal representation, advocacy and service. LawNY’s vision is a society where access to justice is not determined by one’s social or economic status. LawNY seeks to address systemic inequalities and injustices and foster racial, social and economic justice.
LawNY is committed to equitable inclusion across race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability, sex, religion, economic circumstances, ethnicity, national origin, and culture. We are striving to transcend the construct of race and be an anti-racist law firm. We encourage staff and volunteers to bring their whole selves to work each day and pledge to celebrate every aspect of who they are.
POSITION SUMMARY: The purpose of the summer internship is to provide law students and undergraduates 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.
Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.