Internship

Our undergraduate legal assistants are selected from applicants each fall and spring semester. They work up to 34.5 hours per week and receive 12 academic credits for their work. In addition, they will earn one extra academic credit for partaking in Positivity and Relaxing Training (PART) course scheduled during the internship hours as part of the SLSO internship curriculum. Legal assistants play a vital role at the Student Legal Services Office. Each legal assistant works under the direct supervision  of a professional staff member and the SLSO attorneys, and has responsibilities ranging from:

  • maintaining case files;Fall 2024 Internship
  • performing legal research;
  • drafting letters;
  • participating in administrative hearings;
  • observing court hearings;
  • attending court field trips;
  • assisting with community legal education; and
  • performing clerical and support tasks

While working in our office, students have an excellent opportunity to gain skills in interpersonal communication, time management, and organization, along with developing a concrete understanding of the advocacy process and the lawyer’s role in the judicial system.

For students considering a career in the legal field, an internship at the SLSO can provide invaluable experience and insight into the practice of law. More than 400 students have successfully completed the Legal Assistant Internship Program and many of those have gone on to law school or law-related careers.

FALL 2024 Internship Applications are now CLOSED!

Please click back mid-November for Spring 2025 Internship Applications

If you have any questions, please contact Christy Frechette at cfrechet@umass.edu