What's Available

The LRC typically provides several internships to law students and occasionally  to college undergraduates each summer. Internship are also available during fall, winter, and spring months.

Our highest priority for selecting interns is given to law students having completed 1L, because court rules allow such students to be certified as student attorneys under the Student Practice Rules published by the Minnesota Supreme Court.  However, we usually also select at least one undergraduate student per semester.

Although we are unable to pay a salary to the interns, we provide free office parking, office space, supplies and support, and reimburse expenses incurred in the course of LRC work. Often, the students receive funding through a grant program associated with their school, such as the Dartmouth Partners in Community Service of the William Jewett Tucker Foundation or the Public Interest Law Fellowship. The internships are flexible in terms of starting date, length and hours, to meet the needs and requirements of the volunteer.

The opportunities for the intern will be governed by the type of work that comes to the LRC during the internship. The LRC handles the full range of criminal matters at the trial level (appeals are referred to the State Public Defender), from misdemeanors through serious felonies such as murder or criminal sexual conduct, as well as cases diverted from the court system for restorative justice procedures. It is our object to involve the intern in every aspect of the work we do, including direct contact with clients and the court. Therefore, the internship will include client intake, written discovery requests and responses, document inspection, investigation, discussions with and negotiations on behalf of the client, legal research and writing, court appearances (in the company of an attorney), and hopefully involvement in trial preparation and participation in an actual trial. The intern’s experience will also include data entry and computer management of client records, as well as possible assistance with writing grant applications, newsletters and other information disseminated by the LRC.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong organizational, writing, and communications skills
  • Research experience
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Flexibility to handle diverse tasks

For More Information

If you would like to apply for an internship, contact administrator Mark Peterson by e-mail at, or call him at (612) 677-2121. Please be ready to provide (1) a cover letter in which you tell us why you would choose to volunteer for a non-profit criminal defense firm like us (as opposed to, say, a for-profit criminal defense firm, or the Hennepin County prosecutors, or one of the big private firms downtown), over what period of time (approximate beginning and ending dates) you want your internship to extend, and during that period whether you will be able to devote full-time (for a summer internship) to the internship;  (2) a current resume;  and (3) the names and telephone numbers of three people we can call to get a character reference on you..

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