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Job Type: Unpaid Internship (Potential stipend available)
Schedule Type: Full Time

Practice Areas: Community Economic Development, Consumer Protection/Debt/Bankruptcy, Criminal Law, Disability Law/Rights, Discharge Upgrade, Employment/Labor, General Legal Services, Health Law, Housing/Landlord-Tenant, Immigration, LGBTQ, Non-Profit, Probate/Trust & Estate Issues, Public Benefits/Social Security, Veteran benefits

Job Description: Veterans Legal Institute® (VLI) is a 501(c)(3) that provides pro bono legal assistance to homeless, at risk, disabled and low income current and former service members that eradicates barriers to housing, education, employment and healthcare and foster self-sufficiency. VLI also advocates on behalf of its clients by providing community education and policy advocacy in an effort to increase awareness, resources, and overall protections to current and former members of the US military. VLI is amongst the only military specific full public interest law firms in the United States.

General job duties: Law clerks will gain a diverse arena of skills including Client interviewing and counseling. Clerks, under the supervision of the managing attorney, will be able to conduct intakes in person, in the office, at clinics and over the phone with potential and retained clients. Clerks will collect facts, draft memos and supporting documents, and discuss each case with the managing attorney. Clerks will also partake in legal research and writing. All law clerks will conduct legal research and writing in a variety of areas including veterans benefits, discharge upgrades, expungements housing, consumer law and more. Clerks will learn to draft memos, motions, pleadings, and other documents. Clerks with have the opportunity to attend legal clinics at the VA Hospital in Long Beach, Starbucks, Saddleback College, Irvine Valley College, and other areas. Clerks will also have the option to attend various events.

Qualifications: Law clerks should be a 1L, 2L or 3L, or a recent law school graduate with a passion to assist veterans.

Salary: Potential funding/stipend opportunities through nonprofit organizations including Equal Justice Works. Unpaid internships also available.

Application Instructions: All interested parties should email a cover letter, resume, writing sample and references to opportunities@vetslegal.com. Applicants will be hired on a rolling basis. Email inquiries only.

Contact Information:
Antoinette Balta
1231 Warner Avenue
Tustin, CA 92780

General Internship Opportunities

VLI is currently accepting applications for the 2022 Summer Law Clerk Class. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

Application Instructions: All interested parties should email a cover letter and resume to opportunities@vetslegal.com. Applicants will be hired on a rolling basis. Email inquiries only.

Fellowship Opportunities

VLI welcomes applications from law school graduates whose schools provide post-graduate funded fellowships to further its mission to serve the low income veteran community. We do not have an application form separate from those used by the organizations that fund the fellowships. If you are interested in participating in a fellowship program where you help low income veterans, please send a letter of inquiry to opportunities@vetslegal.com.

VLI is an equal opportunity employer.