Legal Services of New Jersey

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
Legal Services of New Jersey


Edison, New Jersey

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Layla Varkey '19, Harvey Butler '18, Alexandra Aparicio '18

Organization Description
The Legal Services System in New Jersey has six Legal Services programs, which provide direct services to clients in all 21 counties, and Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ), the statewide coordinating office. Each local program is a separate not-for-profit corporation governed by a board of trustees, which includes members of the local bar association as well as representatives of the eligible client population.   

LSNJ ties these local program efforts together, providing information, training, legal and administrative coordination, technical assistance and other support.  LSNJ also provides representation in matters of broad or statewide significance, especially in complex or difficult cases beyond the capacity of local programs.  LSNJ initiates special projects in response to particular, emerging needs of the low income population.   

Internship Description
As evidenced in previous years, LSNJ offers a comprehensive internship, giving the Princeton intern exposure and experience in poverty law.  Whether a student is interested in law, social work, or working with the disadvantaged they will gain invaluable knowledge for their future endeavors.

Types of assignments will vary depending on the interest and strengths of the summer intern, but will include some or all of the following: 

  • Research and Writing
    Research and writing for LSNJ publications which will include legal and non- legal research
  • Client interaction: 
    Phone interviews, In-Person interviews
  • Observe proceedings at different tribunals (law courts, state agencies, administrative courts, immigration courts) 
  • Students will be trained to use our case management system and time keeping systems

Internship Qualifications

We seek students who have a demonstrated commitment to helping the disadvantaged

Excellent writing and research skills; Students are expected to be proficient using online research on free sites

Spanish fluency a plus

Expected Start Time
9:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates
5/29/18 - 8/3/18

Internship Length
8 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
We are located very close to Rutgers University, so students may be able to find a summer sublet

Evaluation Excerpt

I knew that I was interested in going to law, but until the internship, I hadn’t had the opportunity to combine my interest in law with my academic work relating to policy. This internship allowed me to synthesize the two and see a new potential career path that I hadn’t been privy to before – that being in public interest work of this sort within a non-governmental institution.
—Harvey Butler '18

Because I was able to speak with clients every day, I think I gained a deeper understanding of the issues that LSNJ works with. I really do feel that I have learned so much through my LSNJ internship, and I have an increased understanding of legal advocacy and work towards systemic social change happening both in New Jersey and in the wider United States.
—Layla Varkey '19

To see whether this internship is still accepting applications for 2018, please check the Second Round page.


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program