Legal Aid has openings for law clerks to work in our Scottsbluff location during the summer. The summer internship is typically unpaid; however, students are encouraged to apply for funding through their law school and other grant opportunities (please contact us if we can be of assistance). Some grant funding is available for certain projects and locations in 2018. Summer law students are expected to work 40 hours a week for 8-10 weeks. Housing options may be available.
Under the supervision of Legal Aid attorneys, law students have the opportunity to: conduct client interviews; obtain discovery and other evidence; assist attorneys in preparing for hearings and trials; write briefs and other legal memoranda; draft documents and legal pleadings, assist self-represented litigants; conduct community education and outreach presentations; draft educational materials for low-income individuals; learn about the court system in Nebraska including observing court proceedings; and work on impact issues. Law students who are senior certified have the opportunity to represent clients in court proceedings under the supervision of an attorney as set forth in the Nebraska Supreme Court rules.
Candidates must possess a passion for social justice and poverty related issues, as well as sensitivity to working with people from diverse backgrounds.