The Legal Aid Society (LAS) is the legal aid arm of Metropolitan Family Services.Founded in 1886, it is the oldest provider of legal aid in Illinois and the second oldest in the nation. . LAS has four main practice groups. The Safety & Family Practice Group focuses on issues related to family law for surviviors of domestic violence, including divorce, child custody and support issues, and also focuses on the prevention of abuse and financial exploitation of seniors. The Health, Housing, & Economic Stability Practice Group represents low-income tenants facing evictions, housing voucher terminations, non-return of security deposits, substandard housing, utility, and other housing issues. The Individual Rights & Social Justice Practice Group primarily works with survivors of human trafficking, immigrant victims of crime, and assisting individuals with certain employment law matters. Interns and fellows generally work out of LAS’s downtown office.
A PILI intern or fellow will have a wide range of litigation exposure, including client interviewing and counseling, negotiation, research, drafting pleadings, and court appearances (if 711-licensed).
This agency is approved to host a Law Student Intern during the summer. They are also approved to host Graduate Fellows.