The legal system is complex, expensive and designed for trained attorneys. Yet many people who can’t afford a lawyer must still navigate the legal system on their own to solve critical problems like domestic violence, mortgage foreclosure, unemployment, child custody, and many other issues. Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO), is a non-profit organization that uses technology to help people understand their legal options, make informed decisions and represent themselves in court when a lawyer is out of reach. ILAO evens the playing field for millions of Illinois residents with legal problems by offering 24/7 access to free, reliable legal information and tools on IllinoisLegalAid.org. ILAO serves as the central nervous system for legal aid in Illinois, connecting people in need to resources, legal advocates to practice support and collaboration tools, and pro bono professionals to volunteer opportunities.
PILI Interns and Fellows have the opportunity to learn about the legal aid community and to explore legal issues affecting low-income individuals. Interns and Fellows receive training on writing for a pro se audience and exposure to technology tools that serve as an alternative means of delivering legal assistance to the public. Interns and Fellows assist in the development and maintenance of ILAO’s web resources; including text information, legal forms, and multimedia presentations.
- Drafting, researching and editing legal education materials and legal forms with instructions for the public;
- Providing remote navigation assistance for website users through instant-messaging software;
- Developing an independent project in their area of interest;
- Preparing and assisting with the production of live video webcasts and archived video presentations;
- Creating web-based document assembly modules; and
- Editing, organizing and publishing content submitted by attorney experts and editors throughout the State of Illinois for ILAO’s website.
- Excellent research and writing skills;
- Superior organizational skills and attention to detail;
- Ability to manage projects and meet deadlines;
- Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills;
- Enthusiasm for the use of technology in the delivery of legal service;
- Works well on a team and willing to pitch in however needed to accomplish the goals of the organization;
- Strong computer skills including proficiency in using the Internet and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point); and
- Demonstrated commitment to Illinois Legal Aid Online’s mission and goals.
This agency is approved to host a Law Student Intern during the summer. They are also approved to host Graduate Fellows.