The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is the state agency in Massachusetts responsible for providing legal services to the poor in civil and criminal matters wherethe laws of the Commonwealth or the state or the federal constitution mandate that counsel be provided. The Youth Advocacy Division represents juveniles in delinquency and youthful offender matters.
We offer law student interns a variety of experiences and assignments, supervised by veteran attorneys, as well as valuable training. Interns who are certified under SJC Rule 3:03 have successfully argued in court for the release of our clients at arraignment, as well as motions to dismiss. Law students who are not 3:03 certified assist attorneys in case preparation which includes research and writing motions and memoranda of law.
At times we also offer internships to undergraduates to work on special projects.
Law students who have successfully completed or are enrolled in an evidence or trial practice class, with the written approval by their Dean, may represent clients under the supervision of a staff public defender in court per SJC Rule 3:03.
Interns work directly with attorneys, investigators, and social service advocates on the following: