Spend a semester with ArchCity Defenders
With a strong belief in giving students the opportunity to experience and learn client-centered, holistic advocacy, ArchCity Defenders provides academic calendar as well as summer internship and externship opportunities for law students, social work practicum students, paralegal students, communications and digital media students, graphic design students, and undergraduates.
We are accepting application materials for all positions for the Fall 2021 internship program at this time. Please check back here in July for more information about Spring and Summer 2022 internship opportunities.
While continuing to provide holistic legal advocacy to the indigent in St. Louis, ArchCity Defenders is working on broad-based change to the St. Louis region’s criminal legal system. One way we advance this agenda is through the use of impact litigation. In order to effectively file and argue civil rights, impact cases, it is necessary to have extensive knowledge of legal precedents, state and federal statutes, and county and local ordinances.
Although impact litigation has become one effective tool for change, ArchCity Defenders remains dedicated to representing our clients and changing the lives of our clients on an individual basis. To this end, we provide direct representation in housing, elder, consumer, family, criminal, and other areas of the law.
Legal interns perform fact and legal research; draft memos synthesizing their findings, motions, pleadings, and client communication; assist with discovery and investigation; interview and communicate with clients and witnesses; and attend court proceedings with staff attorneys.
Paralegal interns engage in some of the same work as our legal interns while working alongside ACD staff paralegals to request and organize documents and records, assist with discovery and research, maintain case files, and perform other office operation functions. The internship is designed to ensure hands-on experience in a variety of paralegal roles within a law-firm setting.
Social Work Practicum & Internship Opportunities
ACD currently hosts two different opportunities to provide students with experience at the intersection of law and social work.
Undergraduate interns provide invaluable support and have opportunities to work throughout the firm at ArchCity Defenders. Interns engage with clients, support attorneys and paralegals, organize and facilitate events and other development work, assist with firm communications, and assist with legislative and policy advocacy.
Join us at ArchCity Defenders
Apply now for internship, practicum, and externship opportunities for law students, social work students, paralegal students, communications and digital media students, graphic design students, and undergraduates.