The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Internship Opportunity: Edwards Law Fellows Program

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PLEASE NOTE: This opportunity is listed for reference only. The deadline to apply has passed.

This is a paid employment opportunity from outside the Rockefeller Center.

Position Type: Employment - paid

Location: Austin, TX

Sector: Law

Start Date: June or July 2018

Wage or benefits: Depends on experience but around 40,000

Time Commitment: A two-year commitment to the firm working 40 hours per week

Desired Class Year: Open to graduating seniors from Dartmouth College

Desired Major or Interest: Open to all majors with an interest in law

Application Deadline: 5/15/2018

Organization website: https://edwards-law.com

Brief Description of the organization:

Edwards Law is boutique trial firm that specializes in civil rights, products liability, commercial, and serious injury litigation. Jeff Edwards also teaches civil rights litigation at the University of Texas School of Law.

In the last few years, we have won numerous trials and achieved significant results through Texas and the nation. For example, we represented a class of prisoners in a Texas prison and obtained two injunctions to protect the inmates from dangerous indoor temperatures. First, the prison system was ordered to provide drinking water that was safe. Then, the prison was ordered to reduce temperatures so that inmates would not be at constant risk of death from the heat. As a direct consequence, the prison agreed to air condition the entire unit. 

We have handled numerous high-profile police shooting, excessive force, false arrest and jail death cases - several of which resulted in multi-million-dollar verdicts or settlements. 

And we just completed a class action against numerous app developers and internet companies (including Twitter, Instagram, and Yelp) in the Northern District of California involving the companies' taking private information without the consumers' consent. 

At our core, we are a law firm that does its best to help people, particularly the most disadvantaged among us. Six years ago, we developed a legal assistant fellowship program for graduates who wanted to go to law school but also wanted real experience before going. Graduates from Davidson, Brown, Southwestern and the University of Texas have all gone through the program. They went on to excellent law schools and two are now practicing attorneys.

Brief Description of the Intern’s role or key qualifications:

As a legal assistant fellow at a small plaintiff’s trial firm, you do as much as your abilities allow. Your job responsibilities include meeting with and communicating with clients, writing demand letters, obtaining records, and assisting five very busy lawyers. You will help lawyers prepare for trial and depositions, help organize the office and docket and absorb what it means to litigate and represent clients well. As we devote a significant amount of time to civil rights cases, you will also learn a challenging area of the law and be a resource for people who have suffered tremendous loss. It is wonderful training for law school and for your first job after law school. We have two legal assistants so there will be someone else helping you succeed as well.

How to apply:

Apply through Dartboard.

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