LOOKING FOR A CHANCE TO WORK WITH CLIENTS?

 

The UW Law Moderate Means Program

Is Recruiting Interns for Spring and Summer

 

Open to:  All students (JD, LLM, LLLT, MJ)

Time Commitment:  Two to four hours a week spring quarter and a minimum of six hours a week during the summer.

Application Process:  Submit a letter of interest and resume to Ann Spangler

Contact:  spangler@uw.edu

Application Deadline:  Rolling

The Moderate Means Program is the flag-ship pro bono program for students at the University of Washington School of Law. The UW MMP provides legal referrals for low and moderate income individuals as a part of the statewide WSBA Moderate Means Program.

The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services for people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional free legal aid services. The program is focused in the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law. 75% of our cases are family law!

Law students serving as MMP volunteer interns interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent clients for a reduced fee. After completing the training, MMP interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of the winter quarter (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

 

Benefits to students: 

§  Hands-on experience interviewing clients;

§  Training in substantive legal issues, issue-spotting, interviewing skills and ethics;

§  Instruction on how to use the Legal Server database, which is used by most of the civil legal aid organizations in Washington State;

§  Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys;

§  The satisfaction of helping low and moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all;

§  Time volunteering for MMP qualifies for LLLT credit hours!