Legal Internships for Summer 2017

Job Type:
Job Short Description:
The Community Development Project (CDP) of the Urban Justice Center (UJC) seeks law student interns who are interested in working with us during the Summer of 2017 to protect the rights of low-income individuals and provide legal, technical and research assistance to grassroots community organizations working on various social justice issues. The main types of substantive areas in which we work include: housing; workers’ rights; immigrants’ rights; consumer justice; land use; and transactional legal services (e.g. legal help for community organizations and worker cooperatives). Our mission is to advance community groups’ campaigns for social and economic justice by providing legal support in these substantive areas.
Job Summary & Qualifications:

Summer 2017 internships begin in late May. Interns will be expected to work 40 hours per week for a minimum of ten weeks. If students cannot obtain summer funding from their school or other external sources, there is limited funding available to assist students.

Interns will work in any/all of the legal practice areas within CDP, including:

  • Housing & Tenants’ Rights: In partnership with tenant-organizing groups, we represent groups of tenants in lawsuits seeking relief from illegal evictions, harassment, failure to make repairs, lack of heat and hot water, lead paint and illegal rent overcharges.
  • Workers’ Rights: We represent low-wage workers from workers’ centers against employers for failure to pay minimum wage and overtime, tip-stealing, unlawful discrimination, labor trafficking, sexual harassment, retaliation and other violations of the labor laws. We collaborate with community groups to provide legal support to employees involved in a variety of labor-related organizing efforts.
  • Immigrants’ Rights: We seek immigration relief for the members of community-based organizations in order to support those organizations’ struggles for the rights of immigrants. We represent immigrants on a broad variety of matters including T and U status, SIJS, asylum, and removal defense.
  • Consumer Justice: We support community-based organizations whose members and constituents are experiencing extraordinary debt collection abuse, and represent low-income consumers on matters such as identity theft and unlawful debt collection practices.
  • Transactional/Organizational Support for Community Non-Profits and Worker Cooperatives: We advise grassroots organizations and worker coops in a variety of areas, including incorporation and tax exemption; compliance with non-profit, employment and tax laws; and real estate and lease issues.
  • Neighborhood Change & Land Use: We work with community groups to support responsible, equitable development and to make sure that longtime and low-income residents are real partners in the process, ensuring development brings more jobs, services, affordable housing, and other opportunities to the folks who need them most.
How to Apply:

Applications will be accepted and processed on a rolling basis and should be submitted by February 17, 2017. Second-year law students, however, are encouraged to apply by January 3, 2017

Applications will be accepted by email only, directed to Sean McMahon at, and should include a cover letter and resume. Please indicate any foreign language skills, as well as any preference for practice area concentration described below. Please write “Summer 2017 CDP Legal Internship Application” in the subject line of the e-mail. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are not able to respond to emails following up on previously-submitted applications. Applicants who are selected for an interview will be notified by email.

The Community Development Project is an equal opportunity employer. CDP encourages applications from people with diverse backgrounds, including women, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, people from low-income backgrounds, and people with personal experience with the criminal justice system. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities we serve.

UJC Description:

The Urban Justice Center serves New York City's most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. Our 11 Projects assist clients on numerous levels, from one-on-one legal advice in soup kitchens, to filing class action lawsuits to bring about systemic change, to pushing social justice legislation forward.