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. 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;
- 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.