HAC accepts undergraduate and law student interns during the summer, fall, and spring semesters. Interns work under direct attorney supervision — interviewing clients, obtaining medical evidence, submitting required forms, writing persuasive letters, and drafting appellate briefs.
Our clients are low-income residents of Alameda County who have disabilities. Most are homeless; all are at risk for homelessness. Our attorneys work in our offices and in the community. Interns will have a caseload, write a brief for an ALJ hearing, and have plenty of client contact. Interns should be comfortable working with mentally ill people.
HAC staff includes 13 attorneys and 6 advocates that work full time with a full case load of clients. Our attorneys bring a variety of styles and strengths to their work with clients and some work on special projects – with shelter residents, with County jail inmates, and with young people.
Our practice is interdisciplinary to provide the best possible results for clients. We have a doctor on staff who provides thorough assessments for clients to assist them in becoming eligible for federal disability benefits and MediCal. HAC staff work very hard to meet clients where they are, to ensure barrier-free access to legal services, and to ensure that our services are client-centered.
If you are interested in an internship, please email your resume, a cover letter, and a brief writing sample to email@example.com. We also welcome legal interns during the academic year. For more information please email us.