Legal Internships

Children’s Defense

The Children’s Defense Team serves as the public defender for children in Mecklenburg County and represents children who are charged with committing criminal offenses between the ages of 6 and 16. The Children’s Defense Team also represents children between the ages of 0 and 18 that are committed to a short-term or long-term psychiatric hospital or treatment facility.

Interns will have the opportunity to assist attorneys and social workers with interviewing clients, representing children in court hearings, investigating alleged crimes, and conducting legal research and writing.

Requirements for Candidates:

Rising 2L or 3L (if applying for summer)
Minimum undergraduate GPA 3.0
Demonstrated interest in criminal and/or juvenile law
Previous work or volunteer experience with public interest focus and/or working with children

CFCR Internship Application

Custody Advocacy

The Custody Advocacy Program is appointed by Mecklenburg County Family Court Judges to advocate for the best interests of children in high conflict custody cases in which issues of and/or between the parents impedes the judge’s inquiry into and determining the children’s best interests.

Interns will have the opportunity to observe parent conferences and court hearings, interview collateral contacts related to custody cases, review and prepare detailed summaries of court records and any education, health, or social service records, prepare witness questions and trial outlines, and handle other litigation support duties.

Requirements for Candidates:

Rising or current 2L or 3L
Demonstrated interest in family law and litigation
Previous work or volunteer experience with public interest focus and/or working with children a plus
Self-starter

CFCR Internship Application

Individual Advocacy

The Individual Advocacy Team provides legal representation and child advocacy services for individual children in crisis. The team works primarily in the areas of child welfare, special education, and mental health to find appropriate services tailored to meet the needs of each child.

Interns will have the opportunity to assist our advocates with interviewing clients, identifying appropriate services to meet a child’s needs, attending court hearings, participating in school meetings related to special education and school discipline, and conducting applicable legal and/or social service research.

Requirements for Candidates:

Rising 2L or 3L (if applying for summer) M.S.W. Candidate in 2nd year or advanced standing
Minimum GPA 3.0
Demonstrated interest in child welfare, mental health/DD/SA, or special education is preferred
Previous work or volunteer experience with a public interest focus and/or advocating for children

CFCR Internship Application

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