Lawyers for Children

At Lawyers For Children, our mission is to give children involved in various legal proceedings within the Family Court a voice in the decisions that will change their lives. Since LFC’s founding by Karen J. Freedman in 1984, our attorneys and social workers have been listening to their clients, protecting their legal rights, and empowering them with the tools and resources they need to grow and thrive.

Each year, our staff represents over 3,000 individual children in more than 6,000 court proceedings. Our advocacy helps children find safe and loving homes more quickly and helps minimize the trauma of foster care placement. We also help youth aging out of foster care access the education, housing, and employment they need to transition to independence. We also provide advocacy to youth that whose families are involved in custody and visitation proceedings.

We are continuously evolving our practice with special projects that focus on the most vulnerable among our clients, including LGBTQ youth, children with special educational needs, youth who have experienced sexual abuse and exploitation, and young people with immigration issues. Our public policy project tracks recurring challenges for young people across all of our individual cases and uses this data to promote comprehensive reform of the foster care system through both legislative advocacy and class action litigation.

City/State

New York, NY

Internship Description

Interns will work directly with social workers to interview clients in preparation for advocacy in upcoming, scheduled court hearings. Interns will have the opportunity, if we are hosting in person, to observe court cases in real time. Interns will also work with attorneys on the preparation of cases. Interns will take notes and attend meetings in the field. Interns will also attend client interviews and home visits with their supervisor. Interns can be asked to complete research projects that benefit client populations.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transportation Housing  Format
10 June 6 - August 12 9:00am 5:00pm Yes No

Hybrid

Internship Qualifications

  • Good writing and communication skills
  • Ability to be flexible 

Additional Qualifications

  • Experience working with children preferred 

Writing Sample Required?

None