Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice is seeking a law student intern for the 2021 spring semester.
Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice is a non-profit organization driven by a mission to promote equal rights and opportunities for Massachusetts residents by developing and advocating for systemic solutions to social justice issues. We research and identify the ways in which the justice system, schools, and government agencies are systematically failing our most vulnerable residents, such as through uneven access to the courts and unfair application of school discipline policies. Leveraging pro bono support, we collaborate with community partners to identify solutions and advocate for their implementation with policymakers, lawmakers, and through coalition- and relationship-building.
Interns will engage in a variety of activities, which may include the following:
- Attending and summarizing Access to Justice Commission meetings, coalition meetings, strategy meetings, legislative briefings, and other meetings
- Legal and legislative research and writing
- Drafting correspondence, newsletters, fact sheets, e-alerts and other advocacy materials
- Literature reviews and summaries
- Drafting and compiling, summarizing and analyzing the results of FOIA and other open records requests
- Interacting with and interviewing access to justice stakeholders across the state
- Analyzing data from various local, state, and federal courts and agencies
- Helping the staff plan and prepare for Board meetings, conferences, stakeholder meetings, etc.
Applicants must have strong legal and non-legal research and writing skills. Strong time management and organizational skills are also required. Applicants must also be proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite. Most important, applicants must have an interest in promoting social justice.
Interns gain valuable experience in legislative advocacy, legal research and writing, and non-profit administration, and have the opportunity to engage with prominent members of the legal community. For those not receiving class credit, a $250 stipend is also available. Students with an interest in law, social justice, and legislative affairs are encouraged to apply.
Internships will begin in January and entail a minimum time commitment of 12 hours per week.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are anticipating that the majority of this internship will be conducted remotely; however, that is subject to change and will be officially decided in collaboration with the intern, closer to the intern’s start date. During the period of working remotely, interns must have their own computer/laptop on which to work. Exact starting date and work days/hours are flexible.