Student interns help to provide legal services for DVLC clients. Their duties include interviewing clients, communicating with clients, preparing pleadings and other court documents, and perform legal research on related issues. Students licensed under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 may act as counsel in court under the supervision of an attorney. Prior to beginning work at DVLC, volunteers must undergo on-site training informing them about the dynamics of domestic violence, office policies and procedures, and substantive law and procedure. Student interns must be responsible, detail-oriented, motivated individuals capable of working autonomously.
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 Apply – Please submit a resume and cover letter to Ginger Devaney at GDevaney@dvlcchicago.org. Indicate your 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 Apply – Please submit a resume and two-paragraph statement as to why you are interested in volunteering to James Champlin at email@example.com.