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Opportunities for Students

Become an Intern
with Volunteer Lawyer Project

For over 35 years, the Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc. (VLP) has been providing free civil legal services to members of our low-income community with the help of law students and volunteer attorneys. If you’re interested in public interest work, there’s no better place for you to get involved than VLP. Our student volunteers are an essential part of the team and are trained to work directly with clients, attorneys and the courts. Come join us and help make a difference in our clients’ lives.

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Experience the Law

VLP offers a variety of experiences in different practice areas.  Explore the different practice areas that we offer below and indicate your area of interest in you application. 

Eviction Defense
Family Law
Immigration
Legal Services for Positive Families and Individuals
Low Income Taxpayers
Clinic
General 
Practice

Benefits of Interning with VLP

Opportunity for Direct Client Interaction

VLP student interns are truly on the front line of legal services. You wlll work directly with low-income clients providing valuable and needed services.

Potential for Court Appearances with Student Practice Order

With VLP assistance, many of our 2Ls and 3Ls obtain Student Practice Orders allowing them to accompany their supervising attorney to court.
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Network with Experienced Attorneys in the Buffalo Area

Social activities will be planned providing summer students face time with experienced attorneys for networking.
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In-House Trainings

Students will enjoy weekly informal trainings led by lawyers, community leaders and VLP staff covering a wide range of topics that involve public interest work and what it’s like to practice law.

Development of Writing Sample

All students will leave VLP with a strong writing sample created through feedback and support from their supervising attorney.
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Funding Assistance

VLP student volunteers are unpaid, however we are happy to provide commitment letters to students seeking alternate sources of funding for positions at VLP.

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Intern Testimonials

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our past interns have to say:

The attorneys at VLP demonstrate that it is possible to do what you love, get paid to do it, and improve individual lives. By providing an in-depth and hands on experience, the attorneys at VLP have created an environment to both train and inspire the future generation of advocates.

Erica Dombrowski

Family Law Intern, 2020

Thank you for . . . the incredible Zoom intern programming this summer. I especially enjoyed hearing from local organizations like Partnership for the Public Good. All of the sessions were educational and engaging, and contributed to my great experience at VLP.

Caitlin Conway

Housing Law Intern, 2021

Interning at VLP was such a great experience. Everyone was so welcoming and accommodating, and this internship has definitely solidified my interest in public interest law.
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Anonymous

Summer Intern, 2021

Where Are They Now?

Many law students have interned with VLP over the years.

Stephanie Verhage

Housing Staff Attorney

Stephanie interned for VLP in the Summer of 2019 and was chosen as the recipient of our 2019 Champions for Justice Law Student Award to commend her outstanding abilities and work ethic. Stephanie is now a Staff Attorney in VLP’s housing unit, serving tenants facing eviction as well as assisting with other legal issues surrounding their tenancy.

Kaitlyn Lauber

Family Law Staff Attorney

Kaitlyn Lauber interned in the Summer and Fall of 2020 and was awarded the 2021 New York State Bar Association Pro Bono Law Student Award for her work with VLP. Kaitlyn is now a Staff Attorney in VLP’s family law unit serving low-income clients through our Family Court Help Desk.

Shelby Scibetta

Immigration Staff Attorney

Shelby interned for VLP in the Summer of 2018. She enjoyed her time at VLP so much that she continued on every Friday throughout the following semester. Shelby was chosen as the recipient of our 2018 Champions for Justice Law Student Award in recognition of her 400+ hours of volunteerism. She is now an Immigration Staff Attorney in our Buffalo office.

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