Pro Bono Partnership provides high-quality pro bono transactional legal assistance to community-based nonprofits in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, with the multiplier effect of positively impacting the lives of the thousands of individuals whom they serve. We offer assistance on a wide variety of legal issues, including corporate (formation of new nonprofits, corporate governance issues, mergers, and dissolutions), employment, intellectual property, real estate, and tax matters.
Pro Bono Partnership offers both school-year and summer internship opportunities for current law students. Working under the direct supervision of the Partnership’s staff attorneys, interns help new nonprofits with the formation process (including incorporating and applying for tax-exempt status), counsel on employment issues, review contracts, draft corporate governance documents, and gain indirect exposure to several different areas of the law, including intellectual property and real estate. This internship should be of interest to students who are considering transactional careers in the nonprofit or for-profit sectors, as it develops knowledge and skills transferable to both settings. It also satisfies New York State’s 50-hour pro bono legal service requirement for bar applicants.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, transcript, writing sample, and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Internship Application.” Students may also apply for summer internships through the annual NYU Public Interest Legal Career Fair.
Pro Bono Partnership welcomes inquiries from qualified candidates about sponsoring post-graduate legal fellowships. Candidates should be third-year law students, current judicial clerks, or recent law graduates with an interest in transactional law and working with nonprofit organizations. Eligible fellowships can include, but are not limited to, those funded by Skadden, Equal Justice Works, or individual law schools.
How to Apply
Public interest fellowships are competitive and applicants need time to develop a project proposal and complete applications. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply to Pro Bono Partnership as early as possible, with a final deadline of June 30, 2016. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, transcript, writing sample, and contact information for three references to email@example.com with the subject line “Fellowship Opportunities.” We are happy to work with candidates to develop proposals. If you have a project idea that you would like to develop into a proposal, please include in your cover letter a brief description of your idea and an explanation as to why Pro Bono Partnership would be an appropriate host organization.
New York Pro Bono Scholars Program
Pro Bono Partnership is an approved legal services provider for the New York Pro Bono Scholars Program. The Pro Bono Scholars Program allows students in their final year of law school to devote their last semester of study to performing pro bono service through an approved externship program, law school clinic, legal services provider, law firm, or corporation. Students who are accepted into the Pro Bono Scholars Program spend 12 weeks working full time in a pro bono placement while also completing an academic component at their law school. They are permitted to take the New York bar examination in February of their final year of study, before they graduate, and upon successful completion of the program and any other graduation requirements, will be awarded their Juris Doctor degree and be admitted to practice as soon as practicable after graduation.
A Pro Bono Scholar at Pro Bono Partnership will work under the direct supervision of the Partnership’s staff attorneys to help new nonprofits with the formation process (including incorporating and applying for tax-exempt status), counsel on employment issues, review contracts, and draft corporate governance documents. They will also gain indirect exposure to several different areas of the law, including intellectual property and real estate.
How to Apply
Interested students are welcome to contact Pro Bono Partnership with any questions, but should apply for the program through the pro bono coordinator at their law school. For more information about the Pro Bono Scholars program, please visit the New York State Courts website.