Description The Senior Lawyer Volunteer summer intern serves as a law clerk to the director of the Senior Lawyer Volunteer Project (SLVP), a program of Utah Legal Services, Inc.(ULS). The intern also works with the project paralegal, Utah Legal Services attorneys, and volunteer retired and active attorneys who regularly assist the Project. SLVP provides free legal services to low-income, mainly older, Utah citizens in the areas of estate planning, planning for incapacity, property transfers, and community education. ULS handles guardianship matters, so there are opportunities to work in this area of the law as well. Interns typically interact directly with clients, draft documents, research legal questions, and occasionally meet with clients in their homes. The Project is located at the Community Legal Center in downtown Salt Lake City. The internship, which lasts approximately 9 -10 weeks, should be the primary focus of the student’s summer. The intern is expected to keep a journal of his or her SLVP experience for submission to the director at the end of the internship.
The Project is seeking a student in good academic standing who has completed the first or second year of law school. The intern must be a person who has an exemplary character and excellent judgment; believes that a lawyer has a primary responsibility to serve the broader public interest. Intern candidates should have a commitment to public service as evidenced by academic, vocation, and public service activities and focus.
While the applicant’s financial need may be a positive factor in the selection of the intern, it shall not be a primary factor. Race, religion, and gender shall not be factors in the selection.
Application Requirements and Deadline
Applicants must provide a resume, a one-page written statement and an unofficial College of Law transcript addressing personal qualifications and interests relating to the internship. Applicants should indicate the summer time commitment they are able to make to the Project. The SLVP Internship Selection Committee will screen applications and conduct interviews of qualified applicants.
Preference will be given to a candidate who is interested in and has relevant experience in elder law issues, the rights of the elderly and incapacitated, and public service.
Due: Spring Semester
For Further Information
Please contact Associate Dean Barbara Dickey.