“When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something.”

— The Honorable John Lewis

New Haven Legal Assistance could not carry out its mission without the generous help from many people in the community who share a commitment to equal justice for all. Here is how you can get involved.

Summer Law Student Internships:

NHLAA accepts applications for summer law student internships. Responsibilities typically include: interviewing clients, providing legal advice through oral and written communication, conducting outreach or know-your-rights programs, researching and drafting legal memos and court pleadings, and supporting attorneys with pending litigation and other advocacy projects. Law student interns (including rising 2Ls) may also have the opportunity to argue motions in court, participate in trials, or represent clients at administrative hearings. Proficiency in Spanish is preferred, but not required. Other foreign language abilities are welcome. NHLAA typically invites a group of three to six law students for internships each summer. Applicants expressing interest in summer law student internships only should contact Attorney Ellen Messali and Attorney Yonatan Zamir.

School-Year Law Student Internships:

We also accept applications for school-year internships. Although we do not have funds to pay interns, we are happy to sponsor students under all work study and public interest fellowship programs. Law student interns at NHLAA will work under the supervision of experienced attorneys. We cannot offer internships to 1L students. Applicants interested in an internship with NHLAA should send a resume and letter of interest to Deputy Director Elizabeth Rosenthal.

Post-Graduate Fellowships:

NHLAA sponsors post-graduate fellowships like the Equal Justice Works Fellowship, Skadden Fellowship, Singer Fellowship, and law-school sponsored fellowships. If you are interested in applying for a fellowship to do a project at NHLAA, please send a resume and letter of interest to Deputy Director Elizabeth Rosenthal before June 15th of the year in which the application is due.

Non-Law Student Interns:

NHLAA accepts applications from prospective student interns (typically undergraduate or graduate students) with a specific proposal for a project that furthers NHLAA’s mission of providing legal assistance and information to underrepresented populations. Applicants interested in an internship with NHLAA should send a resume and letter describing their project proposal to Executive Director Alexis Smith.

Pro Bono: To browse a catalog of pro bono opportunities and pro bono trainings statewide, visit Connecticut’s Pro Bono Portal at CTProBono.org. To sign up for referrals of pro bono cases, contact Statewide Legal Services Pro Bono Coordinator Don Philips.

Your financial support also helps us ensure equal access to justice!

Make a gift: Visit our donate page to make a one-time or recurring gift. If you would like to make a donation of stock or leave a legacy by making a bequest or Planned Gift, please contact Laura Clark, Controller, at 203-946-4811 or lclark@nhlegal.org.

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