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Summer Clerkship Summer Law Clerks will attend a 3 day poverty law training plus training specific to their project or practice areas. Each student is assigned to an office, unit or project where they conduct legal research, draft pleadings, meet with clients and, when possible, represent clients at administrative hearings. Summer law clerks are expected to work full-time for approximately 10-12 weeks beginning in late May or early June. Law Students often have the opportunity participate in ongoing representation side by side with their supervising attorneys. May interview and counsel clients, draft pleadings, prepare discovery, assist in teaching “clinics” and, in some cases, may even represent clients in Hawaii Public Housing Authority, Department of Human Services, Social Security Administration and/or Child Support Enforcement Agency administrative proceedings. Summer law clerks develop, format, and revise written materials and court forms which assist clients with common legal and economic problems. Law Student’s skills in research and writing are often utilized for research projects. Past projects include drafting memoranda for ongoing litigation, the creation of a housing law manual, researching and assessing current legal and social issues affecting children nationwide and in Hawai‘i, investigating payday lenders and their effects on the low-income population and creating and revising Consumer Law Manual and our Public Benefits Manual. Law Students are encouraged to find their own funding through public interest grants, including APIL grants. Potential APIL applicants should apply with Legal Aid early. Assistance with placements and grant review are provided.
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