CPCS Quincy Office
The CPCS Quincy Office represents clients in misdemeanor and felony criminal matters in four courts in Norfolk County. We defend a broad range of cases, including motor vehicle offenses, drug charges, assaults, theft offenses, domestic violence, sexual assaults, and firearm offenses. We also advocate for clients in various capacities in mental health court, veteran’s court, and drug court programs. Additionally, we handle some indicted cases in Norfolk Superior Court.
Law students will work closely with our team of dedicated and passionate attorneys, social service advocates, investigators, and administrative assistants. Students qualified to appear in court under SJC Rule 3:03 can represent (with supervision) clients at arraignments, bail appeals, motions to dismiss, motions to suppress, and more. Occasionally students may have the opportunity to assist on jury trials. All student work is done under the supervision of an experienced attorney. Students are also encouraged to attend court as much as they can, given their other assignments, to observe motions and trials. In-office work includes legal research and writing, case investigation, client meetings, and assisting attorneys to prepare for trials. Interns will leave with multiple projects to utilize as writing samples and with a written review to use for a reference. At the beginning of the internship, there is mandatory attendance at an intensive, multi-day training.
Law student summer interns must be able to commit to a full Monday-Friday schedule, and be available from mid-May through mid-August. NOTE that our summer internship slots fill up very quickly, possibly even before January, so apply early. For the other seasons (during the school sessions), we give preference to those who can commit to a full time schedule. However, the fall, winter, and spring students must be able to devote at least two full days per week to the internship.
All internships at CPCS are unpaid. We strongly encourage students to pursue all funding sources available to students performing internships at public service agencies, including through their school or a federal work-study fellowship.
Our office is located in Quincy. We are currently near the Wollaston T-stop on the Red Line (.6 mile) and have access within less than one block by bus. NOTE that we will be relocating to Quincy Center sometime in 2020 (accessible by walking from the Quincy Center station). We handle matters in the Quincy, Stoughton, Wrentham, and Dedham District Courts, and some in Norfolk Superior Court. The main jails are in Dedham for males, and in Framingham for females, but we do have clients in various other institutions throughout the Commonwealth. Although a car is not a requirement for an internship, having your own means of transport will allow you to have a much more valuable and broader range of experience, as you can then participate in/observe in the outlying courts and/or visit clients in jail, with an Attorney.