The Legal Aid Society

About The Legal Aid Society

Mission of The Legal Aid Society

The Legal Aid Society is a private, not-for-profit legal services organization, the oldest and largest in the nation, dedicated since 1876 to providing quality legal representation to low-income New Yorkers. It is dedicated to one simple but powerful belief: that no New Yorker should be denied access to justice because of poverty.

The Society handles 300,000 individual cases and matters annually and provides a comprehensive range of legal services in three areas: the Civil, Criminal and Juvenile Rights Practices. Unlike the Society's Criminal and Juvenile Rights Practices, which are constitutionally mandated and supported by government, the Civil Practice relies heavily on private contributions.


Undergraduate Intern

June 2019 - August 2019 New York City, NY
“My internship enabled me to interact with highly-skilled, inspiring, and intelligent attorneys and staff members in the Immigration Law Unit. As a result, I was able to learn and witness a lot. Furthermore, I really liked that I was able to directly work with clients and assist with case work. Within the first week of my internship, I started conducting meetings with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to renew their status. I conducted around 35 of these within my eight weeks. Between these meetings, I assisted with attorney case work, often helping prepare many different immigration applications for a variety of filings, including naturalization, adjustment of status, and U-Visa. This direct exposure to immigration law allowed me to gain so much more experience, and greater insight into the field, and to cultivate a greater passion for legal advocacy.”

Paralegal Casehandler

September 2018 New York City, NY
“The Legal Aid Society's support staff is unionized through SEIU 1199, great benefits and employee protections. ”
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