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2023 Summer Associate Program – applications due 01/29/23

Posted October 29, 2022
9:00 am

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 2023 summer associate program.  This is an in-person (not hybrid) summer associate program. 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.  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 2023.  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 summer associates $20 per hour for full-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:  The application process is now closed.

Qualifying students should apply through Legal Aid's hiring portal, and include 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.  Application materials must be submitted by Sunday, January 29, 2023. 

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:

  • Sunday, January 29, 2023: Application Deadline
  • first two weeks of February 2023: Interviews*
  • February 20 - 24, 2023: Offers Extended**
  • March 2023: Summer Associates Announced
  • Mon, May 22, 2023: Orientation/Start of 2023 Summer Associate Program

*Interviews will be conducted via Zoom videoconference, or if possible in person.
**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 130, which includes 75 attorneys, and over 3,000 volunteer attorneys ensure access to justice for low income people.  For more information please visit

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