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Legal Intern 2021 

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
About the Organization Disability Rights New York (DRNY), the Protection and Advocacy System for New York State, is seeking an experienced individual with a passion for achieving justice for individuals with disabilities. This is an opportunity to join a statewide organization advancing the civil rights and legal rights of people with disabilities. DRNY challenges systemic abuse, neglect, discrimination, and legal rights violations through legal case-handling, individual and systemic reform litigation, public investigations, advocacy, and collaboration with stakeholders. Justice for individuals with disabilities is DRNY's focus.


The Internship program provides the Legal Intern the opportunity to utilize the education, knowledge and experiences acquired during their undergraduate or graduate education. The fundamental purpose of an internship is to provide the student with practical experiences and an opportunity to enhance skills through active participation and involvement, direct exposure and engagement in a variety of functions. The student will work closely with the various Staff Attorneys and staff members to prepare for a career in the legal field.

Essential Functions

The Legal Intern performs a wide range of duties, including the following:

  • Assist Staff Attorneys with preparation of legal documents for trials, hearings, and depositions;
  • Attend trials, hearings, depositions, and related events;
  • Provide critical research and feedback to the attorneys for any case, study, or assigned tasks;
  • Conduct analysis on legal strategies for the various programs supported by DRNY;
  • Proofread and provide content suggestions for legal documentation;
  • Provide general legal support to the program attorneys, plus other duties and special projects as assigned.
Position Requirements


  • Applicant must attend an accredited law school;
  • Currently enrolled in law school;
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word/Excel/Outlook/PowerPoint);
  • Ability to write and present in a polished and professional manner;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Must have highest standard of organization and attention to detail;
  • Experience working with individuals with disabilities (preferred);
  • Passionate about issues affecting individuals with disabilities (preferred);
  • Excellent legal research skills;
  • Commitment to the mission and vision of DRNY;
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently; and
  • Ability to prioritize and manage projects and tasks to meet deadlines.

Working Conditions (Remote opportunities may be available)

  • Work typically performed in an office environment with the majority of time spent working on a computer.
  • This internship operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. Travel in the State will be as needed to provide firsthand experience procedures for this internship.


Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Location Disability Rights New York - Statewide  
Position Legal Intern 2021  
Number of Openings 1  

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