Housing Law Intern – Albany Office

Housing Law Intern – Albany Office

 

The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York provides effective, free civil legal services and education to and advocacy for people with low income or other barriers to accessing the legal system. We secure basic needs, protect and preserve legal rights, provide equal access to justice and seek fairness and dignity for all our clients. We serve the low-income and needy residents of Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington Counties and the St. Regis Reservation.

 

Job Description

 

The intern will assist staff attorneys with landlord/tenant cases, which could include assisting with our Attorney for the Day Program in Schenectady City Court. The intern will be involved in drafting pleadings and correspondence, conducting client interviews and contacting clients, case development, research and legal assessment, and accompanying attorneys to court and administrative hearings in landlord/tenant cases. Attorney for the Day is a program in which tenants who are facing an eviction sign up to be screened by Legal Aid. The goal of the project is to provide tenants with counsel and ideally prevent or delay their eviction. The intern on this project would assist with completing intakes for tenants who sign up and would work with court personnel to ensure that tenants who sign up are screened for eligibility. As needed, the intern will assist with work that needs to be done with the clients after the initial court work has concluded. Interns may be asked to assist staff in other areas of law as needed.

 

 

General Information:

 

Hiring Criteria

Current law student or recent graduate. Commitment to providing legal services to the poor.  Excellent research and writing skills. Ability to work well under stress and time pressure. Prior relevant experience in legal services to the poor, especially law school clinical experience, and ability to speak Spanish is a plus. Must have a valid, clean driver’s license.  For the summer, we require a student to work a minimum of 20 hours per week. For fall/spring semester internships, a minimum commitment of 10 or 12 hours per week is required. All internships are unpaid.

 

Location:  Albany, NY

 

Opportunities:

 

  • Internships at LASNNY count toward the 50-hour pro bono requirement for New York State Bar Admission.
  • Internships may be used as a field placement for credit, if approved by the student’s law school. Eligible students may also have an opportunity to practice under a student practice order.
  • Interns also generally gain experience in interacting with clients; researching and writing both court documents and client correspondence; attending court appearances, administrative hearings, or other meetings, and exposure to a law firm environment.
  • Students are encouraged to research funding options through the Career Center at their law school or from outside funding organizations. The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program provides law students with funding on a case by case basis depending on funding availability.

 

Application Deadlines:

 

            Spring Internships – January 31, 2019

            Summer Internships – March 30, 2019

 

To apply, please

 

1) Complete the Application linked here, or the mobile-friendly application linked here

2) Complete the Demographic Survey linked here

 

Documents required: Cover Letter, Resume, and Writing Sample.

 

We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, the elderly, LGBTQ, Protected Veterans and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Contact Information:

 

Robert R. Romaker, Esq.

Managing Attorney

95 Central Avenue

Albany, NY 12206

rromaker@lasnny.org