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2021 Summer Associate Program – applications due 01/31/21

Posted January 8, 2021
6:03 pm

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (Legal Aid) is looking for dedicated, hard-working, and public-interest minded law students to work in Legal Aid’s four Northeast Ohio offices for our 2021 summer associate program.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, positions will likely be remote.  Legal Aid is a non-profit law firm focused on the areas of consumer rights, disability, domestic violence, education, employment, family law, foreclosure, health, housing, immigration, public benefits, and tax.

Summer associates will be assigned to work in one practice area and will receive the opportunity to learn how to be excellent poverty law attorneys.  Generally, summer associates will interview clients, draft court pleadings, research relevant legal issues, attend and assist with court hearings and trials, and gather and analyze evidence.  They will observe oral arguments in a variety of courts.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, court hearings may be held remotely.  Legal Aid also has a focus on community education, outreach and advocacy for specific vulnerable populations.  In addition to their substantive work, summer associates may be assigned to do legal work with one of these groups.

Student Qualifications:  Legal Aid summer associate applicants should have completed their first or second year of law school prior to the summer of 2021.  Special consideration is given to students with a demonstrated commitment to serving disadvantaged people and communities.  If your resume does not reflect a commitment to public service due to personal financial constraints, please provide an explanation in your cover letter.  Law students who speak Spanish and other languages are strongly encouraged to apply.

Funding:  Legal Aid offers $15 per hour for part-time, temporary employment based on hours completed during the 11-week summer program.  The program is based on 37.5 hours per week.

Course Credit/Externship Credit:  Legal Aid often supervises students seeking externship or other credit.  Please indicate in your cover letter if you are working with a law school to receive course credit for this position.

Application Procedure:  Qualifying students should forward a cover letter listing their top two (2) location preferences (see below for office locations), a resume, a writing sample, and a list of three (3) references to Jennifer Teeter, Executive Assistant at listing “Summer Associate 2021” in the subject line of the email.

Application materials must be submitted by Sunday, January 31, 2021.  Applications will only be accepted via e-mail.  You will receive a confirmation email that your application materials have been received shortly after we receive your application.

Legal Aid is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate because of age, race, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identify/expression, or mental or physical disability.

Important Dates:

Sun, Jan 31, 2021: Application Deadline

Tue, Feb 9 – Feb 19, 2021: Interviews*

Tue, Feb 23 – Fri, Feb 26, 2021: Offers Extended**

Mar 2021: 2021 Summer Associates Announced

Mon, May 24, 2021: Orientation/Start of 2021 Summer Associate Program

*Interviews will be conducted via Zoom videoconference.

**If offered a position, you must accept/decline within 72 hours.

About Us:  Legal Aid’s mission is to secure justice and resolve fundamental problems for those who are low income and vulnerable by providing high quality legal services and working for systemic solutions.  Founded in 1905, Legal Aid is the fifth oldest legal aid organization in the United States.  Legal Aid’s staff of 108, which includes 64 attorneys, and over 3,000 volunteer attorneys ensure access to justice for low income people.  For more information please visit

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