For Law Students & Volunteer Attorneys

The Family Center offers a range of volunteer and internship opportunities for law students and professionals practicing law.   For any inquiry please send a resume, a cover letter and a brief writing sample to jobs@thefamilycenter.org.

Undergraduates
The Family Center has worked with undergraduates from local universities in a variety of capacities and for varying lengths of time – from a few days to a semester.  College and graduate interns assist members of the Legal Services team in a broad number of areas including client service projects, communications work, data entry and fundraising. Come work with our attorneys, help your community, learn about the law and decide whether or not you want to pursue it as a career.  Place the words “Undergraduate Intern” in the subject line of the email.

for legal svs pg for studentsLaw Students/LLM’s
For law students and graduates, we provide an opportunity for one-on-one client contact and the opportunity to do meaningful work towards resolving clients’ legal issues. We practice in a number of substantive areas –click here to see a list of our areas of practice. For law students, we provide a full orientation in our areas of practice and exposure to a range of issues and courts.

The Family Center has Special Practice Orders in the First and Second Departments through which students can appear in court on behalf of clients under the supervision of an attorney. Excepting the Proficio Project, students are generally expected to work no less than 15 hours per week for the semester.  Interns should secure their own funding for the internship, though The Family Center assists students in applying for monies.  Law students seeking internships for the summer of spring/fall semesters should place the words, “Law Student Internship,” in the subject line of the email.

THE PROFICIO PROJECT

This new agency initiative is an effort to expand our legal services to some of New York City’s most vulnerable clients, as well as provide law students with a unique pro-bono experience.

Give Family Center clients 50 hours of your time and the change you make in their lives will be significant.  The Family Center seeks law student volunteers to assist indigent, ill clients with:

  • Client Intake and Case Evaluation:  Learn how to quickly develop a case fact pattern, identify key issues and give an initial report and recommendations to staff on next steps,
  • Executing Advance Directives:  Work with clients where they most need you. Visit them in their homes and at hospitals.  Help clients execute living wills, health care proxies, powers of attorney and wills,
  • Clinics and Workshops:  Address client legal questions and inquiries through educational clinics and workshops,
  • Research and Drafting:  Engage in short term-research and drafting projects such as the writing of pleadings, discovery requests, administrative appeals and memorandum of law,
  • Public Benefits Advocacy: Assist clients with welfare, food stamp, housing and federal benefits at Job Centers and Social Security Administration Centers.  Be an advocate for clients who need assistance to maintain shelter, income and medical security.

for legal svs pg for students 2The Family Center Legal Services team has designed The Proficio Project specifically to meet the needs of busy students. Students can help us assist clients throughout the semester and during break.  Much of our work is conducted off-site at local hospitals, hospices, community-based organizations and client homes.  While this Project will fulfill law students’ new pro-bono requirement, your work at The Family Center will also make a difference.

All students interested in The Proficio Project should contact Adam J. Halper, Director of Legal Services.  Please send a brief cover letter, resume and writing sample to jobs@thefamilycenter.org.  Place the words, “Proficio Project,” in the subject line of the email, and please include your availability and the hours and days during which you can complete the fifty hours.  Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis.  Please feel free to contact Adam J. Halper at 718.230.1379, ext. 138 or at ahalper@thefamilycenter.org with questions.

Lin Ma, who came to The Family Center from Columbia University Law School Class of 2014, said: “The Family Center is an absolutely great place to provide your pro bono services. You will not only work with attorneys who exhibit genuine passion and high professionalism, but also feel a great sense of satisfaction when you see what a tangible improvement your work can bring to so many people’s lives.”   Click here to read a blog post by a Proficio Project participant!

Attorneys
For pro-bono volunteer attorneys we offer training, support and the opportunity to bear witness.  Assist some of New York City’s most under-served populations at a time when they most need it.  Attorneys seeking to volunteer with The Family Center, or law firms looking for pro-bono opportunities for associates, should contact Adam J. Halper at 718.230.1379, ext. 138 or ahalper@thefamilycenter.org.

Click on the video below to learn why you should intern with The Family Center’s Legal Department:
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