Rural Summer Legal Corps Intern

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Job location
616 Helena Ave, Ste 100
Helena, MT 59601
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Montana Legal Services Association
Street address: 
616 Helena Ave, Ste 100
City: 
Helena
State: 
Montana
ZIP: 
59601
Job type: 
Fellowship/Internship
Position Description: 

The law student will be supervised by MLSA’s Litigation Director and will provide litigation support to MLSA attorneys, as well as direct telephone advice to clients. This project provides assistance to low-income persons who live in the rural, remote areas of Montana and who have civil legal needs impacting their quality of life. It is anticipated that 100% of the law student’s time will be spent on such client work, with approximately 50% on research and litigation support, and 50% on telephone advice. The law student will spend time each week on the following activities:
• Interviewing rural clients seeking advice or assistance.
• Counseling and advising rural clients.
• Drafting petitions, motions, pleadings, and other court documents.
• Researching case-specific legal issues for rural client cases.

If appropriate and the intern is qualified under student practice rules, the law student may also have the opportunity to make a court appearance. The law student will focus on rural clients with legal needs in a variety of MLSA practice areas, including housing, consumer law, self-help legal assistance, public benefits, domestic violence family law, and Indian law. It is anticipated that direct clients for telephone advice will be in the areas of housing and family law. All telephone advice will be provided under the supervision of a licensed attorney.

The law student will have scheduled weekly meetings with the supervising attorney to review legal work and progress on goals. The law student will use MLSA’s technology to reach rural clients, including GoToMeeting virtual meeting software, a web-based case management system, web-based project management software, and VOIP phone system. MLSA’s internally connected instant messenger allows for real time, confidential access to all staff across the state. The law student will participate in MLSA’s regular trainings and workshops. The supervising attorney will review all case files and court documents relevant to the law student’s work.

Requirements: 

All applicants must:
• Attend an accredited law school
• Complete their first or second year of law school by the start of their summer placement.
• Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident (e.g., green card).
• Pass a criminal background check . Applicants are not disqualified for most criminal records.
• Possess a valid driver’s license and access to adequate transportation during summer placement.

To apply: 
Notes: 
• Must complete 300 hours of service between 5/1/17 and 8/31/17 • $5,000 stipend • No limit on outside funding • Participants attend a 3-day training seminar in Washington D.C. in June 2017 Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
$5,000 Stipend
Submission deadline: 
Friday, February 17, 2017