Legal Intern

Summary of Description:

The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association is seeking legal interns for all of our units. The candidate for this position will demonstrate compassion and the ability to work with low-income populations from diverse backgrounds. Legal interns provide important and crucial support to all aspects of the legal and administrative functions of the units and in both locations. 


  • Professional experience (preferably in an office setting)
  • Fluency in another language (Spanish, Portuguese, Creole, Vietnamese, Cantonese, and/or Mandarin)


  • Graduate of a Bachelor’s degree program
  • Enrolled in or completed JD or LLM program 

Physical/Mental Abilities:

  • Ability to sit and/or stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to navigate and travel on public transportation
  • Ability to deal with client’s experiencing high stress and anxiety resulting from their legal issues

Essential Job Functions:

  • Develop a basic understand of the organization and office protocol
  • Develop a basic understanding of the substantive area of law in the unit for which you are volunteering
  • Attend and provide support at a court based legal clinic
  • Attend and provide support at the ERLI call center with day to day activities and functions
  • Assist with data entry, scanning, and copying of case information and/or court documents
  • Assist with client intake and screening for eligibility and providing basic information and referrals
  • Assist clients with drafting documents  
  • Assist with case preparation (client follow-up, referral memos, research, and more)
  • Assist staff attorneys with research projects
  • Student who are 3:03 certified qualify to represent clients in court
  • Assist with interview of new client intakes in-person or via other methods of communication
  • Assist with updating client and attorney database records 
  • Assist with drafting communication to clients and attorneys
  • Conduct surveys with clients and attorneys to obtain feedback and close cases.
  • Interpret for clients and attorneys as needed
  • Assist with other projects or tasks as needed


  • Ability to work a minimum of 12-16 hours per week
  • Ability to work independently, good organizational skills, and careful attention to detail
  • Professional oral and written communication skills
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, prioritize, and meet deadlines
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Ability to take initiative, ask questions, and be reliable
  • Ability to navigate through the internet, research, and locate information quickly
  • Attend case review meetings