Summer Legal Internships

ABOUT LEGAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN

Founded in 1975, Legal Services for Children (“LSC”) is one of the country’s first non-profit law firms dedicated to providing free legal representation and social work services to children.  Our mission is to ensure that all children in the San Francisco Bay Area are raised in a safe environment with equal access to a meaningful education and other services that are necessary to thrive and grow.  We believe that our youth deserve positive alternatives to unnecessary placement in foster care, juvenile justice facilities, and immigration detention.  LSC pioneered the interdisciplinary approach that is considered a best practice in juvenile law today.  We deploy attorney-social worker teams to assist at-risk children who need to access the legal system to stabilize or improve their lives.  LSC’s attorneys represent children in legal matters that involve guardianship, dependency, school discipline, immigration, infraction defense, and other civil legal matters. Our social workers provide crisis intervention, case management, counseling, and psychosocial assessments.  LSC staff also engage in policy and advocacy projects aimed at advancing the rights of children.

 


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 Summer Legal Internship please CLICK HERE.

 

For a printable description of our Immigration Legal Internship please CLICK HERE.

 


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