Committee for Public Counsel Services

  • Internship - 2018 PDD Boston Superior Court

    Job Locations US-MA-Boston
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    Unpaid Internships
  • Overview

    The Committee for Public Counsel Services provides legal representation in Massachusetts for those unable to afford an attorney in all matters in which the law requires the appointment of counsel. This includes representation in criminal, delinquency, youthful offender, child welfare, mental health, sexually dangerous person and sex offender registry cases, as well as related appeals and post-conviction matters.


    The Boston Superior Court Trial Unit defends people accused of serious felonies in Suffolk County. Your internship here would involve working closely with a group of experienced, dedicated and passionate attorneys.


    Students qualified to appear in court under SJC Rule 3:03 represent clients at arraignment, bail hearings, bail appeals, and occasionally at less complex motions, all under the supervision of an experienced attorney. Students are invited to attend court as much as they would like, and 3:03 certified students who work in our unit full time are in court to conduct arraignment/bail hearings at least weekly. Out-of-court time focuses on legal research and writing, investigation, interviewing witnesses, and assisting attorneys in preparing for trials. Students are asked to get as involved in cases as possible, and when appropriate will be asked to second-seat at motions and trials.


    During the summer, we hire several full time student interns. During a semester, we hire either full time student interns or student interns who are able to work with us a minimum of three to four days per week.


    Internship is flexible and can be tailored to each student's interests. The attorneys in this office are incredibly experienced and dedicated, and always grateful for student assistance and input. We recognize that our students’ work can be an integral part to our clients’ successful defense.


    Because we cover Suffolk County, our office is public transit accessible as are all of the courts in which we practice.



    Internship available to any law student who has taken a legal writing class or a class that involves legal research and writing


    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, criminal procedure, constitutional law, critical legal theory, and/or trial advocacy
    • Law students with experience working with low income clients, people of color, immigrants, LGBT people, people with disabilities or mental health conditions or people in other underrepresented groups
    • Law students who speak a foreign language

    In order to apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, list of references and writing sample.


    Summer 2018 positions are full but we still seek candidates for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019.



    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
    • Meeting with and preparing with clients in the office and at various prisons, jails and hospitals
    • 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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