Public Interest Law Initiative

Legal Aid Society


Metropolitan Family Services
One North Dearborn, 10th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60602

Contact: Dana Harbaugh


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The Legal Aid Society was established in 1886 and works with its seven social service centers to bring a variety of legal services to Chicago’s most vulnerable citizens in the communities where they live. The Domestic Violence Team focuses on issues related to family law, including domestic violence, divorce, and child custody and support issues. The Elder Law Team focuses on elder abuse and financial exploitation of senior citizens. The Poverty Law Project represents clients in landlord/tenant and consumer cases. The Human Trafficking Initiative assists victims of sex and labor trafficking in areas including immigration and civil remedies.  All Interns and Fellows would work out of our downtown office.

PILI Interns and Fellows are critical in assisting LAS’ attorneys in client advice and representation. A PILI will have a wide range of litigation exposure, including client interviewing and counseling, negotiation, research and drafting pleadings, and court representation (if 711-licensed).

This agency is approved to host a Law Student Intern during the summer. They are also approved to host Graduate Fellows.

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