Internships

Gain valuable experience while helping our clients achieve safety.

DVLC accepts applications for interns on an ongoing basis and is proud of its long established practice of drawing on interns and volunteers to assist in providing legal services to victims of domestic violence. Without this assistance, many victims and their children would be unable to obtain the civil legal services they so desperately need.

Student interns are vital to the functioning of our agency. Interns must be responsible, detail-oriented, motivated individuals capable of following directions and working autonomously.

Interns help provide direct legal services in DVLC’s Order of Protection Division, Family Law Division, Independence Project (immigration), and Self-Representation Assistance Project. This includes interviewing the client, acting as a liaison between the attorney and the client during the screening process, and carefully preparing appropriate court documents. Prior to beginning work at DVLC, interns must undergo on-site training, informing them about the dynamics of domestic violence and substantive domestic violence law and civil procedure. Students licensed under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 may act as counsel in court under the supervision of the clinic’s staff attorneys.

During the school year, interns must be available to work at the clinic at least one full day per week. Summer interns must be able to work 20-40 hours per week. Spanish language proficiency is helpful. We are happy to sponsor externs, unpaid interns, and assist interns in securing funding from their schools or other sources.

Program Requirements

Order of Protection Division – Must be available to work at least 1 full day per week during the school year and at least 3 days during the summer.  Spanish language proficiency or 711-License eligibility are both helpful, but not required.

Family Law Division – Must be available to work at least 1 full day per week during the school year.  During the summer, two interns split their time between the Family Law and OP Divisions. Spanish language proficiency or 711-License eligibility are helpful, but not required.

Independence Project (Immigration) – Must be available to work at least 1 full day per week during the school year.  During the summer, one intern splits their time between the IP and OP Divisions. Spanish language proficiency is required.

How to ApplyPlease submit a resume and cover letter to Danielle Ruffatto at druffatto@dvlcchicago.org .  Indicate any area(s) of interest, time period, and expected availability.

 

Self-Representation Assistance Project

SRAP volunteers work directly and independently with litigants seeking to file civil orders of protection in the Domestic Violence Courthouse. Students compete court pleadings, draft and edit professional affidavits, and develop their legal interview skills. Volunteers also accompany the litigant to court as support in their time of crisis and explain the case process. Volunteers are trained and supervised by an attorney.

Program Requirements SRAP volunteers work 1 4-hour shift per week. Internships are also available.  Volunteers must be able to bring a working laptop and complete legal interviews with litigants that are often in a tense state. Fluency in languages other than English is helpful, but by no means required.

How to ApplyPlease submit a resume and two-paragraph statement as to why you are interested in volunteering to James Champlin at jchamplin@dvlcchicago.org.

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