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READ FORMER CLERK DOMINIQUE MCPHERSON'S ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON FlaLawOnline

"The rewards of public interest work at Southern Legal Counsel"

FORMER SLC CLERKS AND VOLUNTEERS:  WHERE ARE YOU?

We are compiling information about what all of our former clerks and volunteers are doing.  We would love to hear from you.  Please complete the Clerk and Volunteer Contact Sheet.

 


STUDENT POSITIONS


Externs & Law Clerks
Stetson College of Law Homeless Advocacy Internships
Pro Bono Intake Volunteer
Paralegal/Legal Assistant Internships
Public Relations Internships
Development Internships
Undergraduate Internships


Externs & Law Clerks - ↑ top
Externs and law clerks conduct legal research and factual investigation; prepare legal memoranda; draft and review public records requests and responses; assist in all aspects of discovery such as document analysis, organization and indexing depositions; and assist in preparation of legal documents and pleadings. Since most of the work concerns federal court litigation, there is substantial legal research and writing involved. Second or third year students are preferred.

Stetson College of Law Homeless Advocacy Internships - ↑ top
Stetson College of Law students receive academic credit for internship positions available in the City of St. Petersburg, Florida. Stetson Law students will further the cause of homeless advocacy by assisting in legal work on behalf of homeless individuals. Interns interview clients; conduct legal research and factual investigation; prepare legal memoranda; draft and review public records requests and responses; assist in all aspects of discovery such as document analysis, organization and indexing depositions; and assist in preparation of legal documents and pleadings. Since most of the work concerns federal court litigation, there is substantial legal research and writing involved. Students must apply through the Stetson College of Law and meet all applicable program and eligibility requirements.

Pro Bono Intake Volunteer - ↑ top
The pro bono intake volunteer assists with intake, client interviews, factual investigation and legal research. This position is open to all law students (including first year students) and requires availability on Tuesdays and Thursdays for two hours each day.

Paralegal/Legal Assistant Internships - ↑ top
Paralegal and/or legal assistant students assist in all aspects of discovery, including drafting discovery requests and responses, document analysis, document gathering and indexing depositions and assist with trial preparation.

Public Relations Internships - ↑ top
The public relations internship will provide undergraduate or graduate students with the opportunity to learn about public interest law and policy while developing research, communications, and outreach skills.  Duties may include: develop and maintain media lists; track media coverage of SLC and relevant legal issues; assist in outreach; draft copy for SLC web site and social media; prepare and send press releases; draft and edit copy for newsletter, reports, media kits, and other documents fundamental to organization’s communications strategy; and develop and implement communications strategies for policy advocacy, litigation, and development efforts.  Proficiency with Adobe InDesign and Microsoft Excel a plus.

Development Internships - ↑ top
The development internship will provide undergraduate or graduate students with the opportunity to learn about public interest law and policy while gaining hands-on experience in the areas of communications, fund raising, and development.  Duties may include: develop and maintain donor lists; participate in donor communications; research prospective donors and grants; assist with organization of events; assist in outreach; draft & edit copy for web, social media, newsletter, and other communications; and perform other tasks as needed to support resource development for non-profit law firm.  Applicants should be technologically adept, and able to quickly learn new programs (proficiency with Microsoft Excel a plus).  Outstanding candidates have completed course work in fundraising for non-profit organizations and/or have previous development internship/work experience.

Undergraduate Internships - ↑ top
Undergraduate interns assist with factual investigation and research; review responses to public records requests; and assist with various aspects of discovery such as document analysis, organization and indexing depositions. Juniors or seniors preferred. Knowledge of Microsoft Excel is a plus.


HOW TO APPLY


Most positions are unpaid, but see links below for outside funding opportunities. College or law school credit also is available. Excellent research, oral and written communication skills are required for all positions. A demonstrated interest in law, civil rights, the needs of low-income individuals and/or public policy is a plus.

To apply, please submit:

  • a one-page cover letter stating your objectives and expectations of a student position at Southern Legal Counsel, how the position relates to your goals and for which semester you are applying along with which position you are applying for;
  • your resume, including three references;
  • a relevant writing sample, seven pages or less in length (this can be a paper that you have previously written for academic coursework); and
  • an official or unofficial transcript.

Mail all application materials to Southern Legal Counsel, 1229 N.W. 12th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida, 32601, Attn: Student Positions.


OUTSIDE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES