Description:

Position Overview
Student legal interns are an integral part of our office and work closely with our team of dedicated attorneys, social service advocates, and investigators. Interns qualified to appear in court under SJC Rule 3:03 will represent clients at arraignments, bail appeals, and pretrial motions, all under the close supervision of experienced attorneys. Out-of-court work includes legal research and writing, case investigation, client meetings, and assisting attorneys with the preparation of trials. Interns are also encouraged to attend court as often as they would like to observe.

An internship in this office includes working closely with a group of experienced, dedicated, and passionate attorneys, all of whom are committed to helping to prepare interns to be excellent public defenders. Our attorneys are always grateful for intern assistance and input, and recognize that our interns’ work can be an integral part of a successful defense for our clients. All interns begin their internship by participating in training focused on client advocacy skills and Massachusetts criminal practice. Interns are also welcome to attend all office trainings and brainstorm sessions.

We are currently working in-person, and interns will be able and expected to work on-site at our office and/or our courts most days. Our office and all of our courts are easily accessible via public transportation, so interns are not required to have access to a car.

Qualifications
Helpful qualifications:
  • Course work in evidence, criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional law, critical legal theory, and/or trial advocacy
  • Experience working with low-income clients, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ people, and other historically oppressed groups
  • Experience working with clients with mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders
  • Ability to speak a foreign language
  • In order to apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and transcript.
  • Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please address the cover letter to attorney Kenneth M. Resnik.

Responsibilities
  • Interns work directly with attorneys, investigators, and social service advocates on the following:
  • Representing clients at arraignment and arguing for their release from imprisonment (if 3:03 certified)
  • Representing clients at pretrial hearings, including hearings on motions to dismiss (if 3:03 certified)
  • Meeting with and interviewing clients in the office and at various prisons, jails and hospitals
  • Conducting legal research
  • Drafting pretrial motions and legal memoranda
  • Assisting attorneys to prepare for motions and trials
  • Investigating cases, including visiting the locations of alleged offenses and interviewing witnesses
  • The Malden Office is currently seeking law students for internship positions for Fall 2022. Interns must be able to commit at least 15 hours per week.
  • All students who will have completed their first year of law school by the start of their internship are eligible to apply. This internship is best suited to students who enjoy legal research and writing, whose coursework demonstrates an interest in criminal law, a commitment to social and racial justice, and who share our commitment to providing all of our clients with zealous representation.
  • Students who have successfully completed or are enrolled in an evidence or trial practice class, with the written approval by their dean, may represent clients under the supervision of a staff public defender in court per SJC Rule 3:03. Note that students who will not be eligible for 3:03 certification are also encouraged to apply!