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Posted by: Human Resources - 4/11/2019
Job Expires: 7/31/2019
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley- Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Student Intern

Overview

Founded in 1967, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley is a not-for-profit law firm, providing free high-quality legal services in civil matters (noncriminal) for individuals and families who cannot afford an attorney when their basic human needs are at stake. This includes urgent legal needs such as: housing, domestic violence and family law, income and public benefits, healthcare, consumer law, and advocacy on behalf of elders, people with disabilities, and veterans and military families, among others. Our clients are at or below 200% of the federal poverty income guidelines, and almost 550,000 residents of the Hudson Valley qualify for our services. We handle approximately 15,000 cases per year, impacting roughly 35,000 household members across the seven counties of the lower and mid-Hudson Valley (Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster and Sullivan). In pursuit of this mission, LSHV maintains a staff of 150, including 90 attorneys and 30 paralegals, across ten offices.

Position Summary

LSHV is hosting an opportunity in its Newburgh, Goshen, & White Plains, NY, offices for law students to serve in the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps as Law Student Members. The Veterans Legal Corps Law Student Program will engage 238 law students to serve as AmeriCorps members around the country who are working to expand the delivery of legal services to low-income and/or homeless veterans and their families.

Veterans Legal Corps Law Student Members will improve the lives of low-income and homeless veterans by providing legal assistance that ultimately leads to higher incomes, better health, safer and more secure housing, and family stability. In some circumstances, Student Members may have the opportunity to serve alongside a Veterans Legal Corps Fellow (attorney) at one of the existing Veterans Legal Corps host organizations. All Veterans Legal Corps Law Student Members will conduct legal research, draft legal memoranda and documents, engage in case investigation, conduct client interviews, and develop case strategy.

Student must complete a minimum of 300 hours of service by August 30, 2019, unless prior written approval is provided by Equal Justice Works. Requirements to serve include completion and clearance of the National Sex Offender Public Registry check, state criminal background check(s), FBI fingerprint criminal background check, and submission of proof of U.S. citizenship.

Program Benefits

The Veterans Legal Corps Law Student Program is part of an AmeriCorps-funded program administered by Equal Justice Works that provides law students with the opportunity to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of approximately $1,230 that can be used to pay educational expenses or student loans. 

Students may seek up to $4,422 in outside funding for their service, to receive approximately $5,600 in funding.  The $4,422 in additional funding may be funded by a Federal Work Study Award, the student's law school, local bar foundation, and/or other public interest fellowship award.  In addition, students are welcome to hold outside employment to supplement their income. 

Requirements

  • Currently enrolled in Law School
  • Access to a vehicle/transportation
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Knowledgeable in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel

Please apply by following this link:

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley- Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Student Intern 

Additionally, interested applicants must submit an application through the Equal Justice Works Student Application Manager. More information is available at https://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-students/part-time-summer/vlc/.

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that celebrates our employees' differences. Applicants of diverse race, color, region, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, and veteran status, are strongly encouraged to apply. Our differences make us better.

 
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