Tenant Law Center

The mission of the Tenant Law Center (formerly the Legal Action Center) is to reduce homelessness by preventing illegal and unnecessary evictions. TLC assists vulnerable tenants in our community by focusing on negotiated resolutions that preserve tenant housing, preserve subsidies, or allow for relocation to suitable housing without the stigma of eviction. Additionally, TLC works with currently homeless families to help remove certain legal barriers that prevent them from gaining access to long-term stable housing.

Currently, our office consists of eight full-time employees, which includes five attorneys, two paralegals, and a program supervisor. Typically, TLC hosts 2-3 interns each quarter from local colleges and universities. Students are instrumental in the day-to-day functions of the office. They help TLC's staff manage the constant flow of referrals and ensure that every person that calls gets some response from the office. Students are often the first point of contact that prospective clients have with TLC. Students also bring a fresh perspective to the work that we do and often contribute innovative ideas that increase our productivity and help us better serve our clients.

City/State

Seattle, WA

Internship Description

TLC provides free legal services to low-income residents of King County. Students have a chance to work in a collegial legal setting, learning about landlord-tenant law and using their knowledge to make critical decisions about how best to serve clients in crisis. It is an excellent opportunity to learn about the importance of access to legal institutions and social services for low-income populations.

Benefits:

  • Provide an important service to low income people with urgent needs
  • Learn how a legal aid office functions
  • Gain experience working with lawyers, paralegals, and volunteers committed to social justice
  • Develop basic knowledge of landlord-tenant law in Washington State
  • Learn about many other legal and social service agencies in King County

Duties May Include:

  • Answer multi-line phone system, take messages and route calls to other staff and volunteers
  • Screen clients for basic eligibility over the phone. Interview clients regarding income and legal subject matter to determine whether TLC can assist them with their legal questions
  • Refer ineligible clients to community agencies and develop knowledge of community resources
  • Provide assistance to attorneys throughout the intake process
  • Develop and acquire knowledge of relevant law through training, consultation and research
  • Prepare draft memoranda, form letters, manuals, checklists, and other legal documents related to the areas of TLC's practice
  • Perform record keeping tasks (e.g., log mail, open and close files, collect demographic information, etc.). Confidentiality and accuracy needed.
# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transit Housing  Format
10 Flexible 9:00 am 5:00 pm  Yes No In-person

Housing Information

The Tenant Law Center is located in the Central District of Seattle. Housing may be found through the Princeton Alumnae group or by sublet on Craigslist. This is an urban area with a dearth of temporary affordable housing.

There are a variety of housing options for summer interns in Seattle. Students can find housing on websites such as hotpads.com, places4students.com, and sublet.com. Additionally, the University of Washington (https://hfs.uw.edu/Conference-Services/Seattle-Intern-Housing(link is external)) and Seattle University (www.suinternhousing.com(link is external)) offer on-campus housing for students pursuing summer internship opportunities in the Seattle area.

Internship Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have/be:

  • Must feel confident speaking on the phone
  • Ability to exhibit patience and compassion to people in crisis
  • Ability to communicate with people of other cultures, people with disabilities and the elderly

Additional preferred qualifications:

  • Previous work experience in an office or volunteer organization
  • Individuals fluent in a second language preferred

Writing Sample Required

None

Special Requirements

  • Background Check
  • Vaccinations