Committee for Public Counsel Services

Internship - 2018 PDD Boston District Court

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The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is Massachusetts’ state-wide public defender organization. The Boston District & Municipal Court Office defends people accused of misdemeanors and felonies in six courts in the Boston area: the South Boston, East Boston, Brighton, Charlestown and Central Divisions of the Boston Municipal Court, as well as the Chelsea District Court. We defend clients against a broad range of charges, including firearm offenses, drug charges, assaults and theft offenses. We also advocate for clients in mental health court, veteran’s court, drug court and homeless court programs.  


Students are an integral part of our office and work closely with our team of dedicated attorneys, social service advocates and investigators. Students qualified to appear in court under SJC Rule 3:03 will represent clients at arraignments, bail appeals, and pretrial motions, all under the close supervision of experienced attorneys. Out-of-court work includes legal research and writing, case investigation, client meetings, and assisting attorneys with the preparation of trials. Students are also encouraged to attend court as often as they would like to observe motions and trials.


Our office is committed to helping to prepare students to be excellent public defenders. All students begin their internship by participating in an intensive two day training focused on client advocacy skills and Massachusetts criminal practice. During the summer, our office hosts a weekly brown bag lunch series for interns. Interns are also welcome to attend all office trainings and brainstorm sessions. 


Our office and all of our courts are easily accessible via public transportation, so students are not required to have access to a car. 


The Boston District & Municipal Court Office is currently seeking law students for 2018 internship positions. Summer interns must be available full time.  


All students who will have completed their first year of law school by the start of their internship are eligible to apply. 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. However, students who will not be eligible for 3:03 certification are also encouraged to apply.


Preferred qualifications:

  • Students who have taken classes in evidence, criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional law, critical legal theory, and/or trial advocacy
  • Students with experience working with low income clients, people of color, immigrants, LGBT people, and other underrepresented groups
  • Students with experience working with clients with mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders
  • Students who speak a foreign language

In order to apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and list of references. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.


Deadlines to Apply:


            Spring 2018:    No later than December 1, 2017

            Summer 2018: No later than March 1, 2018

            Fall 2018: No later than July 1, 2018

            Winter 2018: No later than October 1, 2018


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

  • Representing clients at arraignment and arguing for their release from imprisonment (if 3:03 certified)
  • Representing clients at pretrial hearings, including hearings on motions to dismiss (if 3:03 certified)
  • Meeting with and interviewing clients in the office and at various prisons, jails and hospitals
  • Conducting legal research
  • Drafting pretrial motions and legal memoranda
  • Assisting attorneys to prepare for motions and trials
  • Investigating cases, including visiting the locations of alleged offenses and interviewing witnesses


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