The Shriver Center on Poverty Law

The Shriver Center on Poverty Law fights for economic and racial justice. Over our 50-year history, we have secured hundreds of victories with and for people living in poverty in Illinois and across the country. Today, we litigate, shape policy, and train and convene multi-state networks of lawyers, community leaders, and activists nationwide. Together, we are building a future where all people have equal dignity, respect, and power under the law.

The Shriver Center advocates work for positive policy and systems changes across a range of issues important to people living in poverty; including asset building, budget and tax issues, criminal justice, early childhood, education, healthcare, housing, and issues affecting women and girls.  In addition to legislative advocacy, The Shriver Center provides free legal representation on a wide range of public policy issues to low-income persons and groups. We represent clients in state and federal court and before administrative agencies; both in class actions and in individual cases with broader policy implications.

PILI Interns & Fellows will primarily conduct research and writing, including public policy work, in support of the Shriver Center’s mission to reduce poverty. In addition to legal research and writing, Interns and Fellows occasionally contribute to substantive articles for Clearinghouse Community, our online source of information for the advocacy community; WomanView, a periodic newsletter of our Women’s Law and Policy project on issues affecting low-income women and girls; and the Shriver Brief, our blog. Interns and Fellows will be invited to participate with advocates with work in the field, as schedules and time permit. To better understand the development of public policy, PILI Interns & Fellows also participate in behind-the-scenes meetings with advocacy staff, coalition partners and decision-makers.

In addition to your cover letter and resume, the Shriver Center may request unofficial transcripts (or class schedule for first term 1L students), legal writing sample, and list of references. After you submit your application for this agency, the agency will contact you to ask for these additional materials if they wish to pursue your application further.

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