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Graduates for Justice

The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center launched the Graduates for Justice: Postgraduate Internship in August 2016.

About the Program

The post-graduate internship program offers full-time, short-term employment opportunities to recent Loyola law graduates waiting for results from the Louisiana Bar Examination. Post-graduate interns work for eight weeks, earning $4,200.00. Post-graduate interns will work with local legal services offices. Paid interns gain invaluable legal experience and skills while assisting the indigent in our community.

Sample Intern Comments

"Graduates for Justice has allowed me to work for Southeast Louisiana Legal Services while waiting for bar results. So far, I have been spending most of my time defending families from evictions and other landlord/tenant disputes. Louisiana has some of the worst laws for tenants in the country, so it is really important to protect the few rights tenants in this state have. Working for Southeast Louisiana Legal Services has allowed me to help protect those rights for clients while drafting motions, preparing for hearings, communicating with clients, and more." Kristina Bison, 2018 Graduate for Justice, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services 

Program Guidelines

Interested graduates must comply with the following guidelines. 

  • Graduates may not seek a position without the approval of the Gillis Long Associate Director. This ensures a fair process for all interested applicants. Depending on available funds, the Gillis Long office will determine the number of placements.

  • Interns must complete the required contract before beginning the internship. Please be aware the contract is a binding document. Graduates should not accept an internship placement unless committed to completing the program.

  • The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center will send funds for the intern's salary to the host office. The office’s payroll department will answer questions regarding pay periods and tax withholdings.

  • Post-graduate interns may expect to work 35 hours per week.

  • Due to funding regulations, Gillis Long may not place interns in offices providing criminal legal services.

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