For over 50 years, Legal Aid Chicago has provided free civil legal assistance to people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago. Each year our attorneys, volunteers, and staff help resolve civil legal problems, including domestic violence, consumer fraud, and unfair evictions. Legal Aid Chicago was founded on the philosophy that all individuals are entitled to quality civil legal representation, regardless of their income. We work to ensure that poverty is not an impediment to justice by dismantling the legal barriers that perpetuate inequality. Legal Aid Chicago staff live our mission through our core values of equity, excellence, inclusion, kindness, and respect.
Summer internships and fellowships will be available in each of our seven practice groups: Children & Families, Consumer, Housing, Immigrant & Workers’ Rights, Long Term Care, Pro Bono & Community Partnerships, and Public Benefits. Legal Aid Chicago’s size and diversity usually allow us to place PILI Interns and Fellows into their preferred practice groups. Interns and Fellows will gain broad-ranging, hands-on experience working on individual client cases and representing them in court, to the extent allowed by their law school status.
This agency is approved to host Law Student Interns during the fall and spring semesters, as well as during the summer. They are also approved to host Graduate Fellows.