Gillis Long Poverty Law Center Funds $200K In Summer Internships
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law’s Madeleine Landrieu
NEW ORLEANS – The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law creates opportunities for students to learn public service lawyering through immersive, substantive legal internships. In summer 2017, the center placed 40 paid interns in 12 offices across the United States.
“In keeping with the social justice mission of our law school, we are proud that our law students are providing legal services to the neediest members of our community,” said Madeleine Landrieu, dean and Judge Adrian G. Duplantier Distinguished Professor of Law. “Together, they are providing over 10,000 hours of support with local nonprofits this summer. Since the program started in 1991, more than 700 of our law students have participated.”
Through the Gillis Long Summer Internship Program, students intern at offices that provide civil legal aid to the indigent and can expect to gain experience researching, conducting client interviews, and drafting documents. Participating students earn $5,000 for their work during the 10-week internship. This nonprofit work is paid for by the center at Loyola.
“As the largest nonprofit civil legal aid provider in Louisiana, we rely on Gillis Long interns to help us tackle everything from starting major new initiatives and laying the foundation for impact work to interviewing clients, case investigation, and legal writing, and so much more,” said Laura Tuggle, executive director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS). “All year long we look forward to Gillis interns and they and Loyola always deliver to help us help vulnerable people.”
While this internship allows students to sharpen their legal skills, it also teaches them the importance of public service, reps said.
“Before I started law school, my idea of public service came from school and church,” said Maura Toups, 2017 SLLS summer intern. “It was things like building houses, cleaning up trash, having various donation drives, and other things one can do in the community. So far, this internship has helped show me that not everyone has the opportunity to a fair fight within the justice system because of their lack of means. SLLS has helped show me that public service helps the less fortunate through the proper legal channels.”
The center also offers paid fall and spring internships for current students and Graduates for Justice, a postgraduate internship program, for recent graduates.