Summer Legal Internships

Each summer Legal Services for Children offers law students (going into their 2nd or 3rd year of law school) the opportunity to intern at our office and work with our attorneys and social workers.

Legal interns are responsible for conducting intake interviews with callers to LSC’s Warmline. Interns also assist our staff attorneys with all aspects of client representation, including:

  • Client interviews
  • Legal research and writing
  • Drafting of declarations and other pleadings
  • Attendance at court hearings
  • Engaging in advocacy and education efforts

Interns also have the opportunity to assist staff with outreach to underserved youth populations, such as queer youth, homeless youth, immigrant youth, young women, and youth involved in the juvenile justice system.


Supervision and Training: A supervising attorney will provide close supervision to each intern. In addition to weekly supervision meetings between the intern and supervising attorney, interns are provided with a series of training seminars on legal and social work issues affecting children and youth.

Commitment: Summer interns are required to work full-time for a minimum of 10 weeks. LSC is not able to offer compensation to our interns. We are open to sponsoring fellowships that interns are able to receive from their law school or other sources.


Deadlines: Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis until filled, but priority will be given to applications received by December 15

Application Materials:  Email a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to internship@lsc-sf.org

In your cover letter, please address the following:

LSC’s clientele is extremely diverse, and the majority of our clients are low-income youth of color. To ensure that our agency is best serving these children, LSC strives to promote an evolving set of behaviors and attitudes amongst our staff, as well as policies that enable us to work effectively in all cross-cultural situations, with clients, with our coworkers, and with the community. How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural humility and diversity amongst our staff? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.

For a printable description of our internship please CLICK HERE


Questions: If you have questions about summer internships, contact Catherine Seitz, Legal Director, at catherine@lsc-sf.org.