Martin Luther King, Jr. Internships
An opportunity to make a difference...
Each summer, Legal Aid of North Carolina awards paid internships
to current law students to participate in the legal services work over
the traditional 10-week summer internship period.
The summer internship program is named in honor of Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. and is funded in part by contributions from IOLTA, Lawyers
Mutual Liability Insurance Company and the NC Bar Association Foundation.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Internship is an integral part of
the Legal Aid of North Carolina's dual goals to: (1) reduce the inequities
in our legal system by ensuring that poor people, minorities and victims
of domestic violence receive equal justice; and (2) to initiate new
lawyers to the lifelong commitment of providing access to justice for
all individuals regardless of their ability to pay.
The MLK program places talented law students into the real world of
legal aid advocacy in order to work on actual cases. MLK interns experience
client contact, courtroom participation and legal research and writing
on actual cases under the supervision of seasoned legal aid attorneys.
Each day of the of the internship, MLK interns are challenged to put classroom
training and talent to work on behalf of the many needy individuals
that Legal Aid of North Carolina serves and to work creatively to reduce
the barriers to a more just society.
Each MLK intern is treated as a valuable member of the legal staff and
is expected to participate in case strategy and contribute to overall
Legal Aid of North Carolina
(LANC) is a nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services
in civil matters to those whose income falls below 125% of the
federal poverty guidelines. LANC operates in all 100 counties
through strategically based
and also operates multiple
project units that focus on special areas of the law. Depending on the casework demand at any particular time,
LANC offices and projects litigate cases in civil
matters and practice extensively in the state, federal and tribal courts.
LANC typically places a summer MLK intern in:
MLK interns receive selection preference for LANC fellowships and
receive a general hiring preference when Legal Aid of North Carolina
recruits new staff attorneys.
LANC conducts on-campus interviews (OCI) at a limited number of
law schools and resume collection in the Fall. Second-year law
students (2L's) interested in applying for one of the MLK Internship
positions should upload a resume, a cover letter (expressing
interest and location preference) and a writing sample (no more than
10 pages) in accordance with their school's OCI or resume collection
Equal Justice Works Career Fair (October)
LANC also typically attends the Equal Justice Work Career (EJW)
Fair in October. Students attending the career fair should
follow the EJW protocol.
Applications for MLK Summer Internships
Applicants may apply at their school’s career services office, at
the career fair or directly to LANC; however applications will be
accepted as open positions remain (open until filled).
Send a cover letter (expressing interest and preferences),
your resume and a writing sample
(10 pages or less) by October 30 to:
MLK Summer Internships
Legal Aid of North Carolina
P.O. Box 26087
Raleigh, NC 27611
Regrettably, LANC is unable to acknowledge receipt of applications
for any of the MLK Summer Internship Program and will not consider
applications without all requested materials. LANC will
contact only those applicants selected for an interview.
Please no phone calls.
Aid of North Carolina (LANC) is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 law firm that provides
free legal services in civil matters to those whose income falls below
125% of the federal poverty guidelines. Legal Aid of North Carolina
operates in all 100 counties through strategically based
and also operates
project units that focus on special areas of the law. As a statewide, diverse program,
includes multiple attorneys with 10+ years of experience as legal service
advocates. LANC is committed to strong support
and mentoring of its entire staff. LANC advocates
are encouraged to develop effective working relations with community
organizations and client groups and to pursue issues of special interest
that will strengthen their ability to serve clients.
LANC gratefully acknowledges the generous support and financial
assistance for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Internship
Legal Aid of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer.
Minorities, women, the elderly and the disabled are encouraged to apply.
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Legal Aid of North Carolina is a statewide, nonprofit law firm that
provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in
order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers
to economic opportunity.