New York Legal Assistance Group

Founded in 1990, New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) is a leading civil legal services organization combatting economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. Our services include comprehensive, free civil legal services, financial empowerment, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community partnerships. NYLAG exists because wealth should not determine who has access to justice. We aim to disrupt systemic racism by serving individuals and families whose legal and financial crises are often rooted in racial inequality. NYLAG goes to where the need is, providing services in more than 150 community sites (e.g. courts, hospitals, libraries) and on our Mobile Legal Help Center. During COVID-19, most of our services are virtual to keep our community safe. NYLAG’s staff of 300 impacted the lives of nearly 90,000 people last year. 

Our office relies considerably on support from interns, volunteers and pro bono attorneys. Students allow us to expand our reach and be more responsible to our clients. We have a meaningful mentorship programs and hope not only to develop the skills of our interns, but to make them emissaries of our work going forward.

City/State

New York, NY

Internship #1 Description 

The intern will be working on immigration applications that support survivors of intimate partner and gender based violence under attorney supervision. The intern is required to speak Spanish, Mandarin, Hatiain Creole or another language that NYLAG commonly spoken by NYLAG clients. The intern will help with interviewing clients and drafting their statements, culling supporting documents, filling out paperwork and organizing applications. The intern will have the opportunity to participate in client meetings and observe court proceedings. 

Internship #2 Description

The intern will be working on immigration applications that support our detained removal (deportation) defense work, which represents detained immigrants either in removal proceedings or with final orders of removal, as we work on defenses to their deportation, including applications for asylum, waivers of criminal history and other defenses. The intern is required to speak Spanish, Mandarin, Hatiain Creole or another language that NYLAG commonly spoken by NYLAG clients. The intern will help with interviewing detained clients and their family members, culling supporting documents, filling out paperwork and organizing applications. The intern will have the opportunity to participate in client meetings and observe court proceedings.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transportation Housing  Format
10 Flexible 9:00am  5:00pm Yes No Hybrid

Housing Information

NYC has a wide array of sublets and summer housing options for students seeking temporary leases. 

Internship Qualifications

Strong organizational skills and written and oral communication skills. Fluency in Spanish or a language that many of our clients speak (Mandarin or Haitian Creole, for example). An interest in immigration and/or immigrants’ rights. Experience working with underserved populations is a plus. 

Writing Sample Required

None

Special Requirements

  • Background Check
  • Vaccinations