Family Law and Guardianship Unit

Interns in this unit conduct client intakes and assist clients with legal issues related to Family Law and Guardianship. Interns help staff VLP’s Guardianship and Family Law Clinics, follow up with existing VLP clients, and assist with other projects as needed. 


At court clinics, interns screen and assist clients with various family law and guardianship-related issues.  Court clinics provide wonderful opportunities for interns to shadow and network with practicing attorneys of all experience levels.  Interns have many opportunities for client interaction at the clinics.

 

Family Law Clinic

VLP operates a Family Law Clinic in the Suffolk County Probate and Family Court. Law student volunteers assist clients with various family law-related issues, including divorces, paternity issues, child support orders, custody and visitation issues, and modifications. This is an interesting, time-limited pro bono opportunity for law students and law graduates awaiting bar results. 

Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Court Service Center on the 2nd Floor of the Brooke Courthouse.

If you are interested or have questions please contact Damaris Frias at dfrias@vlpnet.org or 617-423-0648 x6450.   SIGN UP NOW

We ask that students interested in volunteering for the Family Law Clinic first attend VLP’s Family Law 101 and Family Law 102 trainings. See www.vlpnet.org for more information on upcoming trainings.

Guardianship Clinics

VLP and Senior Partners operate Guardianship Clinics in the Suffolk, Middlesex and Norfolk County Probate and Family Courts. Law student volunteers assist unrepresented petitioners in filling out the pleadings for and filing for guardianship of minor petitions. This is an interesting, time-limited pro bono opportunity for law students and law graduates awaiting bar results.

Suffolk County Probate & Family Court (Directions)

  • Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Court Service Center on the 2nd Floor of the Brooke Courthouse.

Middlesex County Probate & Family Court (Directions)

  • Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 2nd Floor of the courthouse in East Cambridge.

Norfolk County Probate & Family Court (Directions)

  • Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Register's office of the courthouse in Canton.

If you are interested or have questions please contact Damaris Frias at dfrias@vlpnet.org or 617-423-0648 x6450. We encourage students interested in helping with guardianship petitions to attend one of VLP's bi-monthly Introduction to Guardianship of Minors trainings. See www.vlpnet.org for a listing of upcoming trainings. SIGN UP NOW.

Interns are placed in the Suffolk, Middlesex, and Norfolk County Probate and Family Courts, working directly alongside courthouse staff. This is a great behind-the-scenes experience for law students interested in family law. The internship runs in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. It is possible to participate for more than one semester. Click here to apply.  

If you have questions, please contact Damaris Frias at dfrias@vlpnet.org or 617-423-0648 x6450. Apply Now.