Committee for Public Counsel Services

  • Internship - 2020 CAFL Appellate Unit

    Job Locations US-MA-Worcester
    # of Openings
    Posted Date
    Unpaid Internship
  • Overview

    The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is the government agency that provides representation to indigent clients in criminal cases, civil cases and administrative proceedings in which there is a right to counsel.  The Appellate Unit of the Children and Family Law Division (CAFL AU) has ongoing openings for student interns.  


    CAFL AU provides zealous and creative appellate advocacy for children and parents in state intervention child custody proceedings, including termination of parental rights cases.  CAFL AU also assists CAFL trial staff in interlocutory appeals and in addressing systemic issues.


    CAFL AU is located in Worcester. 


    Please note that this internship is unpaid. The start date and weekly hour requirements are flexible, but the internship should comprise at least 17.5 hours/week and a minimum commitment of 8 weeks is expected. 


    • 2L or 3L at accredited law school
    • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work independently and meet deadlines
    • Strong analytical, research and writing skills

    Interested candidates should supply:




    Cover letter detailing specific interest in CAFL’s work and how students meet enumerated qualifications.

    Writing sample (not exceeding 10 pages)


    Sample Intern Duties:

    • Assist staff attorneys in record compilation and review, legal research, and drafting of appellate briefs and petitions for further appellate review
    • Proofread drafts of briefs and motions
    • Serve as panel member for moot courts
    • Observe arguments in Massachusetts Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court
    • Draft memoranda of law addressing systemic and novel issues
    • Assist in preparation of petitions for interlocutory relief
    • Assist staff attorneys with statewide trainings to address systemic issues 


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