Paid Law Clerk Internship - The Network

Website Life Span

Life Span is seeking law student interns at either our Chicago or Des Plaines offices for the Fall 2022 semester.  Life Span empowers survivors of domestic and sexual violence to demand safety as a human right through client-centered services and leads social change through accountability, community engagement, and systemic advocacy.

Life Span is a nationally known leader in the provision of services to victims of violence and their children. We are a financially secure organization with over 40 years of consistent and reliable funding. Our comprehensive services include criminal court advocacy, representation in civil protective order cases, expert representation in family law cases, immigration services and counseling for survivors and their children.  Our work encompasses such issues as police domestic violence, immigration, employment issues, sexual assault civil no contact orders, the effects of trauma on clients and their children, teen dating violence, and the criminalization of survivors. Our agency has two sites, and services are available in nine languages including English, Spanish, Polish and Arabic.  All services are free of charge. Our agency provides national leadership in policy work and systemic advocacy, and our staff has trained advocates, lawyers, judges, counselors and other professionals in Illinois and across the country on critical issues and innovative practices.

Life Span values diversity—in strengths, backgrounds and lived experiences.  It is essential that our staff and leadership reflect the communities that we serve.  We are committed to creating an anti-oppression framework and seek candidates who share this commitment.

Job Duties:  Interns will gain invaluable hands-on legal experience by working on complex and diverse projects with Life Span domestic relations and immigration attorneys. Interns will:

•           Conduct client interviews and complete intake paperwork.

•           Explain Life Span services and the Illinois Domestic Violence Act to clients and help them form a plan of action based on their options under the law.

•           Provide clients with referrals to other needed services.

•           Maintain case files.

•           Maintain complete client statistics.

•           Accompany clients and attorneys to court.

•           If bilingual, translate written documents and interpret at client interviews and to assist clients in court.

•           Assist attorneys with document preparation.

•           Counsel and advise clients, negotiate in the settlement of claims, represent clients in mediation and other nonlitigation matters, engage in the preparation and drafting of legal instruments and appear in the trial courts under the supervision of a licensed attorney.


•       SCT Rule 711 Certification preferred

•       Experience working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking or other forms of trauma is preferred

·        Demonstrated interest in public interest law

·        Spanish or other language skill at the bilingual level is a plus for this position.

Compensation:  $18.00/hour for a preferred 20 hours/week.

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