Founded in 1924 by prominent members of the Atlanta bar, Atlanta Legal Aid is recognized as one of the cutting-edge legal services providers in the country. Our 75 staff attorneys work on a variety issues, ranging from public benefits to complex mortgage litigation. Significant casework includes Olmstead vs. L.C & E.W., a 1999 US Supreme Court decision that expanded the Americans with Disabilities Act to institutionalized individuals with disabilities. Home to nationally recognized experts in a number of practice areas, our attorneys appear in local print and television media and in national media such as The Nation, the New York Times, NPR, all major network nightly news broadcasts, and CNN. Our attorneys have testified before Congress and consulted on legislation on both a local and state level. Our program partners with major and mid-sized law firms, corporate counsel offices, and solo practitioners for our uniquely-tailored pro bono projects.
Atlanta Legal Aid hosts 15-20 summer legal interns who have completed either their first or second year of law school. Interns have the opportunity to develop skills in a variety of civil law matters including legal research and writing, drafting of pleadings, investigation, document collection and organization, client interviewing, and client representation in administrative hearings. Each summer intern receives program orientation at the beginning of the summer, a primary supervisor (with ongoing responsibility for mentoring and on the job training), and opportunities to work with other staff in the work unit to which she/he is assigned. Additionally, our mentoring program includes advice and assistance in preparing for possible fellowships, clerkships, and public interest positions. Our summer class enjoys social gatherings with other interns and staff, as well as visits to the Carter Center and other Atlanta landmarks.
Students with funding or school credit are expected to work full time for at least 10 weeks. Volunteers (work with no funding or school credit) are asked to commit at least 6 weeks of full time work or 10 weeks of at least 20 hours per week. Atlanta Legal Aid will have 2 stipends available for summer legal interns who have completed their second year of law school. Other funding sources include:
· Summer grants/fellowships through your law school
· Equal Justice Works, Summer Corps Program
· Equal Justice America
· Work Study Funding
For additional funding opportunities visit Public Service Jobs Directory. A complete application packet must include a letter of application, resume, a legal writing sample that demonstrates your ability to research and analyze a legal issue, an unofficial copy of your most current law school transcript, and the names, telephone numbers, and e-mails addresses of at least
two legal references.
Please send your application as one PDF document, using our online application system.
Your application will be acknowledged. No telephone calls please.