Summer Employment & Volunteer Opportunities
Teach Criminal Law to Rising Ninth Graders (Paid Public Interest Summer Job for 1Ls and 2Ls)
Like criminal law? Want to be a trial lawyer? Interested in education policy or want to pursue academia? Like working with underserved youth? Want public service experience?
This PAID summer job is for you!
Legal Outreach, Inc. prepares urban youth from underserved communities to compete at high levels by using intensive legal and educational programming as a tool for fostering vision, developing skills, enhancing confidence, and facilitating the pursuit of higher education. We accomplish these ends through the means of law-related education programming and an intensive College Bound program.
We seek exceptional law students interested in law-related education to co-coordinate and teach at the Law and Justice Institutes held at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Columbia Law School, CUNY Law School, Fordham Law School, New York University School of Law, and St. John’s University School of Law this summer. The Institute seeks to inspire motivated students from underserved communities entering high school to pursue careers in law and to strive for educational excellence. Thirty-two students from underserved NYC public junior high schools will be selected for each program. You will be trained to teach them a criminal justice and trial process curriculum, chaperone field trips and welcome prestigious guest speakers, run a mock trial competition before federal and state judges.
From June 5-30, LJI Coordinators work with attorney supervisors to prepare for the LJI during by participating in an experiential classroom training program on educational methodology, developing lesson plans on criminal law topics and trial advocacy skills, and organizing an itinerary of guest speakers and field trip visits. Then, from July 3-August 4, Coordinators implement the five-week LJI. You will teach law lessons daily, chaperone field trips, welcome prestigious guest speakers, and run a mock trial competition before federal and state judges. The last week of the program, August 7-11, will be spent evaluating the program and its participants. Coordinators will be paid $4,500 over the 10-week period.
Interested applicants should email a resume and cover letter to: Grace Pickering, Director of Legal Education at LJI@legaloutreach.org (type “LJI Coordinator Applicant – Name” in subject field).
Cover letters should include a detailed statement of interest in the position and an indication of whether the applicant has funding for the summer (not a requirement).
Deadline: Application deadline is April 18, 2017 (although we evaluate candidates on a rolling basis).
Law and Justice Institute Internship
Legal Outreach is seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic interns to perform educational and administrative duties during our five-week Law and Justice Institutes held at Columbia Law School, NYU School of Law, Fordham School of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School, St. John’s University School of Law, and CUNY School of Law. Interns provide crucial support to the program, ensuring the students’ success. Ideal candidates are those interested in inspiring youth through enriching educational experiences; while advancing their own knowledge of the legal field. Interns also enjoy exclusive access to networking opportunities with attorneys, judges, and other legal professionals.
Start date: June 5, 2017 End Date: August 11, 2017 Hours per week: 40
Principal Duties & Responsibilities:
- Research, schedule, and communicate with attorneys for guest speaker program
- Create and maintain student contact, information, and participation databases
- Act as main contact point for students’ parents/guardians, including communication regarding program requirements and expectations
- Organize logistics for student and family orientation
- Track and communicate progress evaluations to students, parents/guardians, and program directors
- Take photographs and create content for LJI newsletter and online presence
- Create and teach lessons to build students’ academic skills: study skills, test taking skills, essay writing, and professional etiquette
- Assist two law student coordinators in developing and implementing LJI mission
- Currently a sophomore or junior in college.
- Ability to communicate via telephone and email in a professional and timely manner
- Comfort working in administration and logistics
- Attention to detail and superior organizational skills
- Problem-solving attitude.
- Proficiency in Spanish or Bangla is helpful (but not essential)
This is an unpaid internship. Interested applicants should explore funding opportunities through their university or other external sources. Legal Outreach will support funding paperwork requirements.
How to Apply: (Deadline: March 1, 2017)
Interested applicants should email a resume, cover letter and writing sample to: Alysha Pizarro, Esq., Law-Related Education Coordinator, at LJI@legaloutreach.org. In the subject field type: “LJI Intern Applicant – [name].” Candidates will be evaluated on a rolling basis.