Internship and Externship Opportunities for Current Law Students

Law students play a critical role in helping NLSP to provide access to counsel and justice for low-income residents of the District of Columbia. NLSP’s neighborhood-based service delivery model affords students the opportunity to learn first-hand the myriad daily challenges faced by residents of low-income communities across the city. Interns assist NLSP staff attorneys in the field by conducting factual investigations and doing legal research. They also participate in client meetings, trial preparation, and community outreach activities. NLSP also encourages interns to take advantage of the professional networking and training opportunities available in the Washington D.C. region.

How To Apply
New internship/externship classes begin every September (fall semester), January (spring semester), and June (summer program). Candidates should have excellent writing and analytical skills; strong organizational skills; good communication and interpersonal skills; and the ability to work collaboratively with others. Bilingual language skills are also highly valued. If you are interested in an internship with the Neighborhood Legal Services Program, see the open opportunities below.

Current Internship Opportunities



Each year, NLSP invites a group of law student volunteers to spend a portion of their winter breaks to help NLSP and its clients.  Volunteers will draft case closing memoranda to assist with NLSP’s year-end file management responsibilities.  Volunteers may also be asked to conduct legal research and provide support on specific projects.  NLSP greatly appreciates the willingness of students to share their time at the end of the school semester and invites volunteers to participate in NLSP’s holiday festivities.   

What to Expect
Law students who have volunteered at NLSP have had the opportunity to work on a wide-range of legal projects and benefitted from substantive contact with our staff attorneys.

Maria Maldonado 2014 Women's Bar Association Founders Fellow writes in detail about her experiences on the Women's Bar website.

My fellowship at NLSP was an invaluable experience. Thanks to the generous contributions of the Women’s Bar Association Foundation, my summer internship cultivated and accelerated my professional growth. The work environment at NLSP was casual, yet productive and always offered high quality legal services. Ms. Turner Roberts and Mr. López took on mentoring roles and were, and still are, invested in my professional development. I became a much more sharp, polished, knowledgeable and empathetic legal advocate for the underserved. More importantly, I was able to help low-income communities and families get the legal services they need without charge, and little by little, empower these communities out of the harsh cycle of poverty. 

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