Legal Counsel for the Elderly Intern

Washington, DC
Nov 04, 2019
Nov 14, 2019
Full Time
Business Unit Description

Founded in 1975, Legal Counsel for the Elderly champions the dignity and rights of Washington, D.C. elderly by providing free legal and social services to those in need - empowering, defending and protecting vulnerable seniors. Our interns work directly with clients resolving their legal issues by helping to ensure they receive benefits they are entitled to, can age in place in the homes they have lived in for decades, receive the appropriate level of home health care, are dealt with fairly by their landlords, and more. Our interns also work with residents who receive these services in long-term care facilities to ensure they receive the highest quality of care.

Under supervision of an experienced and licensed attorney, the LCE intern will be exposed to and participate in a variety of legal functions related to the practice of law in an elder law setting for low and moderate income older persons. The intern will complete the internship with exposure to and some knowledge of various functions in the practice of law and have the opportunity to engage in such activities as well as learn a significant amount of elder law in the process.

Students interested in issues related to landlord-tenant, long-term care Medicaid, public benefits, economic security, long-term care services and identifying solutions to systemic problems, should apply.

The intern will engage in a variety of functions, typically including some or all of the following:
  • Interviewing current and prospective clients
  • Meeting clients in the community (at home or in various facilities)
  • Conducting fact investigations
  • Drafting correspondence
  • Performing legal research and writing
  • Preparing discovery requests
  • Drafting motions
  • Aiding in the preparation of court cases
  • Observing the formulation and implementation of legal strategies
  • Observing attorneys in court or in administrative proceedings
  • Following settlement negotiations
  • Documenting in computerized case management database

Prospective intern must be currently enrolled in an accredited law school; classified as a 2L or 3L; have demonstrated interest in serving the needs of lower income older people and have a sensitivity to their needs.

Spanish-language skills are a plus but are not required.
Benefits Offered

Internships are non-exempt positions and are not eligible for employee benefits.
Equal Employment Opportunity

AARP is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. AARP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.