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Catholic Charities Legal Assistance Department Internship Program
Job Title: Catholic Charities Legal Assistance Department Internship Program
Job Code:
Address: , Illinois
Emp Type: Intern- Unpaid
Required Education: Some High School

Catholic Charities Legal Assistance (CCLA) offers externship and internship opportunities throughout the year for motivated law students who are eager to develop their lawyering skills.

CCLA opened its doors in 2005 as a volunteer initiative. Today, it is a comprehensive legal services department that offers a wide range of legal services to low-income individuals in the Chicago area who otherwise could not afford an attorney. Services are offered without regard to religious affiliation or citizenship.  CCLA offers extensive advice and brief services to pro se litigants over our legal telephone advice line and at advice desks.  Additionally, in-house representation is also offered in family, housing, and consumer law matters. Together, staff, interns, and volunteers, fulfill CCLA’s mission, to provide competent and compassionate legal assistance. 

Interns and externs will be exposed to all of CCLA’s services and the department is committed to the enrichment of our students’ professional development.   Law students will assist CCLA attorneys by gathering qualifying information and conducting legal needs assessments over the legal advice line.  Students will be expected to conduct legal research and legal analysis, draft and file legal documents, accompany attorneys to court, and assist in updating legal resource files.  Interns may be assigned the development and implementation of clinical projects.  Interns who have a 711 license may, under strict supervision, lead client legal consultations and appear in court on behalf of CCLA’s clients.

The ability and desire to work with a communities of diverse backgrounds and life experiences facing significant social and legal challenges is necessary to be successful in this internship position. Fluency in Spanish and/or Polish is especially desirable, but not required.

Students who are interested in being considered for this position should send a letter of interest specifying their preference for the Fall, Spring or Summer Internship Program, along with a resume, short writing sample (three to five pages) and law school transcript via email to, attention Intern Committee.

CCLA also provides volunteering opportunities.  If you are interested in volunteering instead of participating in CCLA’s Internship Program, send us an email at, attention Volunteer Opportunities, and we will provide you with a description of our volunteer opportunities.
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Date Posted: 8/18/2016

Company Information
Company Name: Catholic Charities Of Chicago
Attention: Manuela Hernandez CCLA Volunteer & Pro Bono Program Director 721 N. LaSalle St. Chicago, IL 60654
Contact Email:

  Listing #:   714   
  Date Created:   8/18/2016
  Last Updated:   1/31/2017
  Date Expired:   Never expire
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