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Law Student - Government in Boston, MA **

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Company name

Committee for Public Counsel Services

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Job Type

Law Student


USA Boston, MA

Posted on

Mar 13,2018

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Internship - Fall 2018 PDD Boston District Court The intern will be integral part of office and work closely with firm's team of dedicated attorneys, social service advocates and investigators. Students qualified to appear in court under SJC Rule 3:03 will represent clients at arraignments, bail appeals, and pretrial motions, all under the close supervision of experienced attorneys. Out-of-court work includes legal research and writing, case investigation, client meetings, and assisting attorneys with the preparation of trials. Students are also encouraged to attend court as often as they would like to observe motions and trials. All students begin their internship by participating in an intensive two day training focused on client advocacy skills and Massachusetts criminal practice. Interns are also welcome to attend all office trainings and brainstorm sessions. Interns work directly with attorneys, investigators, and social service advocates on the following: Representing clients at arraignment and arguing for their release from imprisonment (if 3:03 certified). Representing clients at pretrial hearings, including hearings on motions to dismiss (if 3:03 certified). Meeting with and interviewing clients in the office and at various prisons, jails and hospitals. Conducting legal research. Drafting pretrial motions and legal memoranda. Assisting attorneys to prepare for motions and trials. Investigating cases, including visiting the locations of alleged offenses and interviewing witnesses. All students who will have completed their first year of law school by the start of their internship are eligible to apply. Students who have successfully completed or are enrolled in an evidence or trial practice class, with the written approval by their Dean, may represent clients under the supervision of a staff public defender in court per SJC Rule 3:03. However, students who will not be eligible for 3:03 certification are also encouraged to apply. Students who have taken classes in evidence, criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional law, critical legal theory, and/or trial advocacy is preferred. Students with experience working with low income clients, people of color, immigrants, LGBT people, and other underrepresented groups is preferred. Students with experience working with clients with mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders is preferred. Students who speak a foreign language is preferred. Deadline : 6/30/2018.

Additional info

ID 2017-1550. Submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and list of references. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis

Company info

Lisa Bacon
Hiring Coordinator
Committee for Public Counsel Services
One Congress Street, Suite 102
Boston, MA 02114