Wednesday, April 9, 2014

King County Bar Association, Neighborhood Legal Clinic Internships

King County Bar Association, Neighborhood Legal Clinic

Intake and Referral Internship

The Neighborhood Legal Clinics are looking for interns to staff our phone line and provide intake and referral services for our clients. We are seeking community members, especially law or paralegal students, who are committed to social justice and interested in helping people in their community. The Neighborhood Legal Clinics program is recognized and distinguished in the legal aid and social services community and is the largest pro-bono clinic model in the country. The NLC program offers free legal advice and referrals to people who might otherwise have no access to the legal system. As a volunteer you will be connecting clients to vital legal services to help them with a wide range of legal issues. These services, for example, help clients to stay in their homes, keep their families together, get protection from domestic violence, manage their debt, and keep their heads above water within a complex legal system.  

Duties and Responsibilities: NLC Interns will answer phone calls, perform basic intake with clients, schedule legal clinic appointments, and provide referral information to other community agencies. They will help orient clients to the legal process and advise them on how to best prepare for and utilize their free consultation with our volunteer attorneys. Duties may also include a variety of other administrative projects (assigned according to NLC staff needs).  

Hours:  This volunteer position requires a minimum of 4-8 hours a week for 4-6 months.  The daytime hours are flexible but candidates must be available at least one morning a week Tuesday to Thursday from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM.  

  • Committed to promoting access to equal justice.
  • Able to multitask and work successfully in a fast paced environment.
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to respond to callers with patience, objectivity, and a non-judgmental attitude.
  • Customer service and/or administrative background preferred.
  • Ability to learn quickly and absorb new information.
  • Good interpersonal skills, positive attitude, and sense of humor.
  • Ability to type, computer literate, and familiar with MS-Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Applicants with second language skills are highly encouraged to apply.

Benefits: This position will benefit people preparing for a career in law, social work, or the non-profit sector. Volunteers will gain valuable experience working with clients in need of legal services including client interviewing skills, legal issue spotting, ethics, and skills in working with people from a wide range of backgrounds. Volunteers will also become experts on what community resources exist in King County and the general structure of the legal system. This internship can qualify for community service credits and can normally be used to fulfill ethics internship requirements in paralegal programs. 

To Apply: No phone calls please. Send resume and cover letter addressing 1) your qualifications 2) what interests you about this position, and 3) your schedule availability and length of commitment, to:

Adrienne  Greenberg

King County Bar Association
1200 5th Ave, Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98101