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Current Pro Bono Opportunities for Students

All external and pro bono project volunteer opportunities are listed below. This page is regularly updated as positions are filled and new ones become available. All opportunities listed here meet Penn Law’s pro bono eligibility guidelines.

Information about the New York bar pro bono requirement.

External Pro Bono Opportunities

  • Human Rights First

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    Who Can Participate

    All Students

    Organization Website

    http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/

    Description

    Refugee Representation welcomes law students to apply for our Fall 2015 legal internship. This internship will provide qualified applicants with in-depth knowledge of the U.S. asylum system, as well as practical experience in interviewing, case preparation, and direct client service skills.  Applicants must be currently enrolled in law school, have a strong interest and commitment to legal representation of asylum seekers, and wish to work directly with asylum seeking clients. Those selected for the internship will preferably be fluent in a relevant second language, but this is not a requirement for the position.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Assist staff in conducting intake interviews with potential asylum clients by taking notes, providing interpretation services (depending on foreign language ability), and writing interview-based reports with extensive country conditions research;
    • Assist staff with legal research on active cases, preparation for trainings, meetings, special projects, and other events;
    • Represent Human Rights First at various NGO-government liaison meetings and take detailed notes for Human Rights First staff, as needed;
    • Respond to requests for assistance from potential asylum seekers in the DC metro area, as well as individuals in immigration detention nationwide;
    • Assist staff in identifying, analyzing, and responding to legal or procedural changes that affect asylum seekers, including statutory changes, proposed regulations, and decisions from federal courts or the Board of Immigration Appeals;
    • Other tasks as needed.

    DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

    • Demonstrated interest in human rights, asylum, and immigration issues (experience in asylum and immigration issues preferred but not required);
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
    • Excellent research skills;
    • Fluency in a second language (especially Spanish, French, Amharic/Tigrinya, Farsi or Arabic);
    • Ability to handle several tasks at once while working independently or as a member of a team;
    • Compassion, empathy, and a sense of humor.

    TIME COMMITMENT: Part Time (minimum commitment of 2 days/week)

    To Express Interest

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants are asked to submit a writing sample along with their application, cover letter and resume.

    APPLICATIONS MATERIALS SHOULD BE EMAILED TO JOCELYN DYER, STAFF ATTORNEY AT: dyerj@humanrightsfirst.org

    Only selected applicants will be contacted for phone or in-person interviews. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

    Date Posted: July 21, 2015

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  • Honoring the Future

    Who Can Participate

    All Students

    Organization Website

    http://www.honoringthefuture.org/

    Description

    Honoring the Future, a nonprofit climate education project, seeks a pro bono legal intern for fall 2015 to research and write about domestic and international legal developments on climate change.

    Research and writing will be used to update educational materials published on project website, so ability to explain legal concepts succinctly and in language clearly understandable to the general public is essential.

    The intern will report directly to the Project Director in Washington DC via email and regularly scheduled conference calls; research and writing can be done from a remote location. A minimum of 8-10 hrs./week is required.

    To Express Interest

    Apply online at info@honoringthefuture.org; no phone calls please! Include resume, writing sample, and an explanation of no more than 100 words on any pertinent legal development not already described at http://www.honoringthefuture.org/climate-smarts/climate-resources/law/.

    Date Posted: July 14, 2015

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  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

    Who Can Participate

    One second or third year law student

    Organization Website

    www.chop.edu

    Description

    Legal interns support the eight lawyers in The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Office of General Counsel and work on various projects under the guidance of the legal team. This work includes legal research, drafting and reviewing contracts, preparing legal memoranda, and drafting position statements in human resources matters. This internship is a great opportunity for students who are interested developing issues in health law such as health information exchanges, accountable care organizations, and scientific research. Students will work with the other lawyers and professional staff in the Office of General Counsel on health law related projects, and have exposure to what working in a hospital corporate legal department is like.

    We require eight hours per week during business hours, which may be scheduled over two days, with a preference for students who will work a structured schedule each week. These hours are eligible for the Penn Law Pro Bono Requirement.

    Start Date: September 8, 2015

    To Express Interest

    Submit resume and email of interest to:

    Annemarie Boyan, Esquire

    Associate General Counsel

    boyana@email.chop.edu

     

    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

    3615 Civic Center Blvd., Room 1331

    Philadelphia, PA 19104

    Date Posted: July 5, 2015

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  • National Constitution Center

    Who Can Participate

    All Students

    Organization Website

    http://constitutioncenter.org/

    Description

    Legal Studies interns have the opportunity to engage with the National Constitution Center’s scholarly research and writing. This internship is a great opportunity for students who are enthusiastic about American history and constitutional theory. Students will assist with the production of our online Interactive Constitution; write posts for our Constitution Daily blog; and assist with collecting background research for the many debates, lectures, and other programming we have here at the Center. Students will work with the Center’s Digital, Content, and Executive teams to work on scholarly Constitutional work.

    We require a minimum of four hours per week during business hours here at the NCC. These hours are eligible for the Penn Law Pro Bono Requirement.

    To Express Interest

    Submit resume and email of interest to:

    Annie Monjar

    National Constitution Center

    amonjar@constitutioncenter.org

    Date Posted: June 23, 2015

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