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Legal Office Intern (Fall)

Oakland, CA
Full TimeIntern
About the role
UnCommon Law has an opening for Undergraduate (any major) Interns. This position provides support to the staff attorneys who represent clients in their parole hearings. The Intern will have the opportunity to learn about the discretionary parole process, California prisons, and about the life cycle of individual journeys through incarceration and release.

The summer Legal Office Intern position is full-time (40 hours / week) over 8-10 weeks, beginning ideally by May 25, 2020. This position is unpaid, but we encourage candidate to seek outside funding, fellowship opportunities, or school credit.

  • Communications: Responding to non-client mail, answering phones
  • Information management: Updating contact records and maintaining our legal database
  • Research: Reviewing case records and central prison files; compiling housing, employment, and other support resources for incarcerated clients
  • Direct Attorney support: Writing policy memos, traveling with attorneys to prisons to meet clients and draft follow-up communications, assembling Parole Packets to submit to the Board of Prison Hearings

  • Compassion for incarcerated people and their family members, and a demonstrated interest in criminal justice reform
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A professional demeanor and pleasant disposition
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Sensitivity to confidential matters
  • A working proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, Google Suite, and CRM software (strongly preferred)

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