Access to Justice Summer Internship Program
The Access to Justice Internship Program (ATJIP) provides a unique opportunity for law students to participate in an internship with non-profit providers of civil legal services located in areas without a local law school. The goals are to encourage more students to help address the civil legal problems of underserved individuals and communities, and to educate future attorneys about those problems. Each law student will receive hands-on training by working with accomplished lawyers and providing direct legal services to low-income clients, while learning about access to justice matters, legal decision-making, advocacy skills, attorney-client relationships, and legal institutions. Each supervising attorney will provide the law student with a variety of experiences and assignments, including significant research and writing.
For the summer of 2013, the Commission partnered with several legal services programs. Eight students participated in the internship program. The internships were open to law school students attending law school throughout the country; however, preference was given to applicants from Texas law schools. A stipend of $500/week (a lump sum of $5,000) was provided to every student to help defray living expenses. Students committed to a 10-week placement. Internship participants were recognized on the Commission's website, in press releases, print publications, and in local law school media releases.
The application deadline for the 2014 ATJIP will be in the Spring. Please contact our office for more information.
Watch "Access to Justice: A Journey for a Lifetime" - The nine-minute video introduces students to legal aid and pro bono by showcasing real-life experiences of law students working at legal aid organizations.