The Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for first- and second-year Loyola College of Law students, to work as interns in Legal Services Offices in Louisiana and throughout the United States. Notices are posted in the spring requesting interested students to submit resumes and a cover memo for consideration for a position in a 501 (c) 3 or Legal Services Office participating in the program. After all resumes have been collected, the Poverty Law Center will host an informational session where students meet with representatives of participating offices. In the following weeks, students are interviewed and job offers are extended. The internships are for a period of ten consecutive weeks during the summer. Stipends are provided to the participating office for student salaries by the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center.
The summer program provides opportunities for first-and second-year Loyola students to primarily work for any Pro Bono office which is funded by the Legal Services Corporation. Funding for the Gillis Long program is provided by the Legal Services Corporation, and we must adhere to their guidelines. The Center pays the salaries for students who make a commitment to work for ten consecutive weeks during the summer assisting staff attorneys in these offices. In recent years, a limited number of out-of-state students have been given an opportunity to return home for the summer to also work in a legal services office. Students receive training beyond their law school course work, and legal services staff attorneys are freed to focus on critical issues. The following are just a few of the offices which have been approved for participation in the program:
Students who wish to participate in the program must submit a resume and cover memo to the Gillis Long Office, which is then forwarded to the participating offices. Students may not seek a summer position without the approval of the Gillis Long Assistant Director. This ensures a fair process for all interested students. Depending on available funds, the Gillis Long office will determine the number of students to be placed.
"While law school has developed my ability to think and interpret the law in order to be a successful attorney, for the past month at Legal Services [Alabama], I have essentially learned how to be an attorney by drafting briefs, letters, motions, attending trials, and communicating with other attorneys and judges. I am wholeheartedly enjoying myself learning and working with the most humble and hardworking advocates and feel honored to help bring resolutions to the most needy in my community. " C. Smitherman, J.D., May 2015
"All in all, I am finding the National Center for Law and Economic Justice a wonderful place to work and find meaning. The attorneys here are dedicated to the cause of economic justice and it really shows. I count myself incredibly fortunate to have such excellent mentors and to be exposed to high impact, complex litigation and client interaction. I feel I have found the best of both worlds." S. Mire, J.D., May 2015
"As an alumni of Loyola’s undergraduate institution, I am well aware of Loyola’s mission of educating the whole person and I have to say this internship [at Acadiana Legal Services] did just that. Not only did I gain valuable skills that will help me in the future, I also learned a lot about myself in the process. I cannot imagine a more rewarding way to spend a summer." M. Flynn, J.D., May 2017