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Legal Intern (Unpaid)

Agency wide | St. Louis, MO | Internship

Job Description

PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING INTERNS DURING THE SUMMER OF 2020. WE HAVE ENOUGH CANDIDATES RIGHT NOW THAT WE NOT ACTIVELY REVIEWING ADDITIONAL RESUMES, BUT YOU ARE WELCOME TO SUBMIT YOUR INFORMATION SO THAT WE CAN REVIEW IT IF WE NEED ADDITIONAL CANDIDATES.

Our Mission 

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri advances justice through legal representation, education and supportive services. We partner with the community to improve lives, promote fairness and create opportunities for those in need. 

What We Do 

Since 1956, we have provided free legal help for more than 1 million low-income individuals/families with civil issues impacting housing, family law, public benefits, consumer fraud, healthcare, children’s well-being, special education and relief from domestic violence.  In recent years, services have expanded to address the specific needs of immigrant and refugee families, veterans, community economic development and small-business and minority entrepreneurs. Legal Services now has four offices – St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Hannibal and Union – that serve 21 Missouri counties from the Iowa border to Potosi. 

Legal Internship 

Our legal interns are considered an important part of the team at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. Interns typically work in one unit all summer/semester.  The specific duties of an intern will depend on the needs of that unit. As a legal intern you may: 

  • Shadow attorneys in court, including at hearings, status conferences, trials and settlement negotiations 

  • Attend client meetings and make phone calls to clients with case updates or to obtain information 

  • Draft pleadings on new cases, assist with discovery in ongoing cases, draft and serve subpoenas 

  • Perform research on legal issues for specific cases or for more systemic or ongoing projects 

  • Write legal memoranda summarizing research findings 

  • Draft policy letters and white papers 

  • Assist in preparing for and attend community education and outreach presentations/events 

To apply, submit your resume and cover letter.   Make sure to tell us why you want to come work with us. In addition, review our units on our website and indicate your top three choices for unit placement in order of preference.