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Legal Intern 

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 DRNY, the Protection and Advocacy System and the Client Assistance Program for New York State is seeking an individual with a passion for achieving justice for individuals with disabilities. With a focus on civil rights and disability justice, DRNY actively works to break down the systemic oppression of all people with disabilities. DRNY recognizes the intersecting legacies and effect of ableism, white supremacy, colonial capitalism, and gendered oppression on people with disabilities. Joining DRNY is an opportunity to challenge systemic abuse, neglect, discrimination, and rights violations through case-handling, individual and systemic litigation, public investigations, advocacy, and collaboration with stakeholders. DRNY is committed to examining bias, privilege, racism, and intersectional social change in all aspects of our work. DRNY is a civil rights advocacy leader and we are seeking new staff who will contribute to our values and mission.


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.

This position is unpaid.

Essential Functions

The Summer 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.


  • 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;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage projects and tasks to meet deadlines; and
  • Proof of COVID vaccination required..

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.

Please forward Cover Letter, Resume and Writing Sample when applying for this position. 

To view more about our organization, check out our YouTube videos highlighting DRNY’s mission in advocating for the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. Please visit our DRNY YouTube Channel and review our DRNY Newsletter.

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

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