Legal Internships

Legal Fellowships & Internships

Rural Summer Legal Corps

The law student will be supervised by MLSA’s Supervising Attorney and will provide litigation support to MLSA attorneys, as well as direct telephone advice to clients.  This project provides assistance to low-income persons who live in the rural, remote areas of Montana and who have civil legal needs impacting their quality of life. It is anticipated that 100% of the law student’s time will be spent on such client work, with approximately 50% on research and litigation support, and 50% on telephone advice.

If appropriate and the intern is qualified under student practice rules, the law student may also have the opportunity to make a court appearance.  The law student will focus on rural clients with legal needs in a variety of MLSA practice areas, including housing, consumer law, self-help legal assistance, public benefits, domestic violence family law, and Indian law. It is anticipated that direct clients for telephone advice will be in the areas of housing and family law.  All telephone advice will be provided under the supervision of a licensed attorney.

Specific Duties

The law student will spend time each week on the following activities:

  • Interviewing rural clients seeking advice or assistance.
  • Counseling and advising rural clients.
  • Drafting petitions, motions, pleadings, and other court documents.
  • Researching case-specific legal issues for rural client cases.
  • Participants will attend a 3-day training seminar in Washington D.C. in June.

Competencies include:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent legal research skills.
  • Commitment to the mission and vision of MLSA.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage projects and tasks to meet deadlines.
  • Self-motivated and able and work independently.


All applicants must:

  • Attend an accredited law school
  • Complete their first or second year of law school by the start of their summer placement.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident (e.g., green card).
  • Pass a criminal background check. Applicants are not disqualified for most criminal records.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and access to adequate transportation during summer placement.

Stipend: $5,000 for 300 hours of service to be completed by 8/31/2018. There is no limit on outside funding.

To apply: Applicants must apply online at

Deadline:  February 12, 2018

Law School Clinic

MLSA is proud to coordinate with the Alexander Blewett III (University of Montana) School of Law to provide a clinical educational opportunity for third year law students.  Students are placed in a MLSA office under the supervision of experienced attorneys and receive school credit for their work.  Follow this link to the law school website for more detailed information and requirements:

Unaffiliated Internships

MLSA law student interns will work side by side with MLSA staff in an effort to provide, protect and enhance access to justice. MLSA law student interns will be exposed to various areas of poverty law and gain experience through:

  • Interviewing clients seeking advice or assistance.
  • Counseling and advising clients.
  • Negotiating with opposing parties and counsel.
  • Undertaking direct assistance and responsibilities to clients.
  • Drafting petitions, motions, pleadings, and other court documents.
  • Engaging in investigation and formal discovery.
  • Researching case-specific legal issues.
  • Making court appearances, including trials and appeals (if the intern is qualified under student practice rules).

Interns may be placed in Missoula, Billings, or Helena, depending on MLSA's current needs and available office space.  Projects may relate to housing, consumer law, self-help legal assistance, or other areas of law.


Law student seeking an internship after his or her first or second year of law school.

Application materials:

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Three references
  • Writing sample

To Apply:

Submit a letter of interest, résumé, three references, and a writing sample to