The Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Practice has non-paid internships in its various NYC Borough offices and specialized units for Fall 2023.

The Legal Aid Society is an indispensable component of the legal, social, and economic fabric of New York City — passionately advocating for individuals and families across a variety of civil, criminal defense, and juvenile rights matters, while also fighting for legal reform.

About the Opportunity

The Criminal Defense Practice is the primary public defender in New York City, providing holistic, client-centered representation to over 200,000 people facing misdemeanor, felony, and homicide charges. Staff The Criminal Defence Practice is seeking dynamic, passionate, and creative legal interns committed to our mission.

Interns will work directly under the supervision of Criminal Practice attorneys. Mandatory supervision will be conducted remotely. Students will also have the chance to attend remote intern trainings, webinars and CLE’s relevant to their internship.

Roles and Responsibilities

Duties may include: drafting motions, conducting legal research, assisting with investigations, assisting with client interviews, reviewing and organizing discovery, and other duties as assigned.  

Essential Requirements

  • Currently a 2L law school student in good standing
  • Relevant clinical program or work experience is preferred, but not required
  • Demonstrated commitment or interest to indigent defense
  • Demonstrated commitment and interest in serving racially and socioeconomically oppressed communities

Preferred Skills

  • Ability to work collegially and collaboratively with all members of the staff
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, deadlines, and think critically


New York City

Required Documents

Interested applicants must submit a Cover Letter and Resume as a single PDF document.

How to Apply?

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