Philadelphia VIP

Spring 2020 Legal Internships, Philadelphia VIP

Posted on November 19, 2019

Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono in Philadelphia, recruits, trains, and supports volunteer attorneys who provide free legal services to low-income clients.

VIP seeks highly motivated, second- or third-year law students to serve as legal interns during the spring semester supporting VIP’s work in the many areas where our clients face critical legal needs, including: family law (custody, support, divorce, adoption), home ownership/tangled title (probate, quiet title, and deed transfers), debt collection, guardianship, tort defense, and estate planning. Our legal interns function as valued members of the VIP team. With attentive attorney supervision and training, interns gain valuable skills that will help them launch careers in any sector of the legal profession or in non-profit leadership.

Key Qualifications:

  • Passion for access to justice for underserved communities and commitment to VIP’s volunteer-based service model; experience with low-income populations is a plus
  • Prior volunteer work
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and attention to detail; Spanish fluency a plus (not required)

Key Functions:

Working with clients and legal services to manage a full caseload:

  • Assessing the legal merits of cases by interviewing clients and gathering documents
  • Counseling and preparing clients for the civil legal process and the professional responsibilities surrounding the attorney-client relationship
  • Managing urgent matters with deadlines and long-term projects

Working with private attorney volunteers to assist with case management:

  • Guiding volunteer attorneys with substantive, ethical, or procedural legal questions
  • Helping volunteers to manage VIP cases by asking for status updates and identifying potential challenges
  • Observing court proceedings, and meeting judges and court staff

Cultivating volunteer attorney relationships to grow our pro bono practice capacity:

  • Assisting with and attending attorney CLEs, trainings, clinics, and other outreach events
  • Offering pro bono opportunities to attorneys who have signed up to volunteer with VIP
  • Participating in programs to engage VIP stakeholders in organizations, legal services agencies, and courts

Developing practical skills in writing, research, and case management technology:

  • Researching legal issues to support volunteers and staff
  • Updating volunteer guides and writing client letters that involve legal analysis
  • Using leading technology in all aspects of work with cases, clients, and volunteer

How to apply: E-mail cover letter and resume to Karna Laubenstein, Director of Operations, klaubenstein@phillyvip.org. No calls, please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a priority deadline of November 8, 2019.

What to include in your cover letter: We invite you to include a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of VIP’s staff team and legal practice.

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