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Externships / Internships for Law Students
NJP welcomes law students to apply for externships during the academic year or summer internships. NJP will only be able to offer positions to those students whose internships are totally or partially self-supported, whether it be through a law school public interest program, an externship for credit, work-study, or a willingness to volunteer.
Summer internships are generally available in most of NJP’s offices. Read about Summer 2013 Opportunities, Migrant Farm Worker Justice Summer Internships and Foreclosure Consequences Advocacy Team Internships. Some require fluency in Spanish.
When applying, please specify the location(s) you are interested in pursuing. See directory of NJP offices. NJP starts accepting summer internship applications in the fall. Please email cover letter and resume to Susan Encherman, Director of Administration at email@example.com.
We will accept letters/emails of interest in externships or fellowships anytime during the year. Please email cover letter and resume to Susan Encherman, Director of Administration at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Download: Law Student informational brochure
The Northwest Justice Project is committed to non-discrimination in employment.
To ensure equal employment opportunity, we ask your voluntary cooperation in responding to our Applicant Survey. This information will be treated as confidential, and will be available only to authorized personnel. Please only complete if you are applying for a position. Thank you.
NJP is committed to a policy of equal opportunity. It strives to foster an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices for its clients, Board and staff. NJP actively promotes mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork and productivity. NJP is committed to the principle that an organization whose staff, Board and clients are diverse in background, experience, race, color, national origin, gender, age, religious preference, marital status, sexual orientation, sensory, mental or physical abilities, veteran status, and other qualities makes it stronger while reinforcing its commitment to basic fairness. People of color, people who identify as transgender, lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals needing a reasonable accommodation for the application process should contact Susan Encherman at (206) 464-1519 ext. 250.
Internship/Externahip Project Expectations:
Under the supervision of highly experienced staff attorneys, law clerks will serve as part of a statewide team of legal services advocates who work cooperatively, with other providers, in bringing high quality representation to the State's low income population. Dependent on the office, substantive priorities may include family law, housing, consumer, employment, public benefits and education. Law clerks will gain real experience working in a legal aid office as they help the attorneys and serve clients by conducting client interviews, doing legal research, providing advice and participating case planning.
Law clerks may also help develop self-help materials for pro-se litigants, training materials for other providers and clients and work on other special projects depending on the needs of the office.
All law clerks are expected to bring the maturity and commitment to their work necessary to participate as members of an integrated, statewide equal justice delivery system.
- Interest in providing legal services to low income people.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- The ability to work independently and cooperatively with different types of people.
- Technologically independent: possess dependable computer skills in word processing and computerized legal research.
For general information on NJP externships or internships contact: Susan Encherman, Director of Administration at email@example.com.
For more information on internships, externships and fellowships available in all of the civil legal services providers programs in Washington go to the Law Student area on www.advocateresourcecenter.org.