Committee for Public Counsel Services

  • Internship - 2020 Fall River District Court office

    Job Locations US-MA-Fall River
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  • Overview

    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 where the laws of the Commonwealth or the state or federal constitution mandate that counsel be provided.  We represent adults accused of felony and misdemeanor offenses.  We also represent low income clients who face civil commitment based on mental illness or alcohol or other substance abuse.


    We offer law student interns a variety of experiences and assignments, supervised by veteran attorneys, as well as valuable training.  Interns with our office have successfully argued in court for the release of our clients at arraignment, as well as motions to dismiss.


    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.


    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Law Students who have taken classes in evidence, criminal law, constitutional law, critical legal theory, and/or trial advocacy
    • Law students who speak a foreign language


    Interns work directly with attorneys, investigators, and social service advocates on the following:

    • Client interviews, interns must agree to keep confidential all information involving client representation, and the work they perform on behalf of our clients
    • Arraignment and bail arguments
    • Legal research
    • Drafting pretrial motions, affidavits and legal memoranda
    • Pretrial investigation, including visiting the locations of alleged crimes and interviewing witnesses
    • Jury and bench trials in criminal cases


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