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Students interested in legal placements should contact Elizabeth Walsh at ewalsh@wulaw.wustl.edu for more information.

FOCUS St. Louis

The organization's mission is to create a cooperative, thriving region by engaging citizens in active leadership roles to influence positive community change. The organization also functions as the region's citizen's league. FOCUS develops leaders by providing cutting-edge program opportunities; engages citizens to examine and address critical issues which shape the region and its future; and influences community policy by promoting region-wide dialogue and problem-solving, facilitating collaborative initiatives, and informing policy-makers. Good government, racial equality and social justice, quality educational opportunities, and sustainable infrastructure are the group's highest priorities.

  • Opportunities: Legal intern positions are available to work on the Environmental Justice Project, which is an EPA contract. Issues to be addressed include hazardous household waste and smart growth (e.g., real estate, land use). Interns will have the opportunity to research; draft model codes, position papers and briefs; do advocacy; and assess public policy. Will provide good experience in educating the government and interacting with agencies.
  • Qualifications/Requirements: 2nd or 3rd year student, resume, interview, training, 15 hours per week but can be done any days and some evenings, work need not be done on site

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation

Provides legal and supportive services to improve the lives of its clients to assist them in obtaining social and economic justice.

  • Opportunities: serve as a legal intern in the senior citizens, homeownership, or domestic violence projects; interns typically interview clients, investigate cases, draft pleadings, and in some cases represent clients in administrative or court hearings
  • Qualifications/Requirements: prefer 2Ls and 3Ls, prefer students who can make a two semester commitment; interview, training provided by directing attorney; can take 2-4 weeks before an internship can start; requires 10 hours per week (Monday through Friday)

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

LSEM is a private, non-profit organization providing legal assistance and equal access to justice for low-income people in civil cases. Some of the areas addressed by the office include: domestic violence/family law, subsidized housing, homelessness (including homeless adolescents), homeowners' mortgage default and foreclosure, elderly issues, AIDS, health and welfare, immigration, access for children to appropriate educational services, and the volunteer lawyer program.

  • Opportunities: legal interns needed for above departments; tasks include: client intake, drafting pleadings and motion, filing at courthouses, research, assisting with interviewing clients, setting court dates, case management, drafting financial agreements, investigation, and advocacy.
  • Qualifications/Requirements: positions for all level students, some positions have preference for Rule 13, immigration unit prefers students who have had immigration class(es) and speak a second language; initial screening and then interview with attorney in desired unit; hour long orientation required.

Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council (EHOC)

EHOC is the only private, not-for-profit fair housing enforcement agency working to end illegal housing discrimination and ensure equal access to housing for all people through education, counseling, investigation and enforcement.

  • Opportunities: legal research on housing discrimination issues, case analysis, investigation & serving as a "tester"/"secret shopper," designing housing discrimination surveys, grant writing and research, interviewing clients, general office assistance.

Community Service Opportunities

Almost Home, Inc.

Through transitional housing and education, Almost Home provides a secure environment to develop the emotional, social, economic, and family skills needed for self-sufficiency in teenage mothers and their children who are homeless or caught in unsatisfactory living conditions. One of the programs is M.O.M., a mentoring program that provides teen mothers with a positive female to look up to and someone whom they can count on.

  • Opportunities: Teaching a class 1 evening a week (4-6 week committment), working in playroom with newborns to 4 years olds; outdoor work such as plant/yard maintenance, shoveling snow and general yard work; clerical assistance (i.e., mailings & development)
  • Qualifications/Requirements: background and child abuse check and interview; time commitment of 1-1½ hours per week
  • Contact Information: Volunteer Coordinator, 3200 St. Vincent Ave., St. Louis, MO 63104, 771-4663, fax 865-4692

Beyond Housing

The organization helps provide decent, secure, and affordable housing and support to low-income families and children. In addition to shelter, Beyond Housing provides families with vital support services, including training for homeownership, parenting skills, employment counseling, childcare assistance, money management training, vocational assistance, tuition support, cultural activities, and other special projects.

  • Opportunities: Possible real estate legal work may be available on a time-to-time basis; house crews are needed to prepare a home for a new family by cleaning, painting, landscaping, etc.; and Partners in Self-Sufficiency assists with family events, grant writing.
  • Qualifications/Requirements: 5-20 hours, Monday - Friday (8:00a.m.-5:00 p.m.). call for more information
  • Contact: Roxanne Harris, (rharris@beyondhousing.org) or Murphy Sullivan, (murphys@beyond housing.org) 7477 Delmar, St. Louis, MO 63130, 862-8130, fax 862-5006

Dutchtown South Community 
Housing Corporation

Dutchtown South provides information and counseling on available community resources, especially on housing and public safety issues. Dutchtown South offers homeownership counseling program to educate families about owning their own home. Its service area consists of the Dutchtown, Mount Pleasant, and Gravois Park neighborhoods.

  • Opportunities: investigate potential fraudulent lending by gathering information from the recorder's office and various other sources, provide support for property acquisitions in 10th ward
  • Qualifications/Requirements: prefer 5-10 hours per week (although could be more if interested), can work days or evenings
  • Contact: Debbie Irwin, 4204 Virginia Street, St. Louis 63111, 314-647-8629, fax 314-647-1157

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