Juvenile Law Center


Paralegal Internships

Juvenile Law Center seeks dedicated, creative, and experienced paralegal students for fall, spring, and summer internship positions. Semester internship positions are generally 10-15 hours per week. Summer internship positions are generally 20-40 hours per week for 8-10 weeks. Juvenile Law Center is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, and those with personal experience in the juvenile justice or child welfare systems to apply. 

Juvenile Law Center is a national public interest law firm located in Philadelphia. Juvenile Law Center plays a leadership role nationally and in Pennsylvania in shaping and using the law on behalf of children in the child welfare and justice systems to promote fairness, prevent harm, secure access to appropriate services, and ensure a smooth transition from adolescence to adulthood. Our strategies include litigation, appellate advocacy and submission of amicus briefs, policy reform, public education, training, and strategic communications. We strive to ensure that laws, policies, and practices affecting youth are rooted in research, consistent with children’s unique developmental characteristics, applied fairly, and reflective of international human rights values.

Juvenile Law Center is an office of 12 attorneys and one Litigation Paralegal. We have a very active caseload of amicus and appellate litigation and also engage in direct class action or impact litigation.

The intern’s primary duties include assisting with litigation-related tasks and administrative tasks including:

  • Researching relevant appellate and local court rules governing the form, filing, and service of briefs, motions, and other pleadings
  • Drafting professional, user-friendly, court-compliant brief templates, motions, and other pleadings for current litigation and to complete Juvenile Law Center’s brief bank
  • Maintaining case files, which includes converting files to electronic form
  • Drafting descriptions of filed cases for posting on the litigation pages of Juvenile Law Center’s website
  • Other duties as assigned

The intern must have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Completed at least 12 credits of a paralegal certificate or equivalent program
  • Completed Legal Research & Writing and Civil Litigation or equivalent courses
  • Proficient in Bluebook citation method
  • Expert Microsoft Word skills, experience with Best Authority is preferred
  • Demonstrated efficient, persistent and meticulous attention to detail
  • Proven ability to work independently with excellent judgment, diplomacy, professionalism and able to prioritize requests, track and manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and meet deadlines.

To apply, please submit your resume, unofficial transcripts, and a cover letter indicating your interest in the position to [email protected]. Please also include two references with email addresses and phone numbers.


Fall 2018: rolling
Spring: 2018: rolling
Summer 2018: rolling

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