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Fall Legal Intern - Los Angeles

  • Internship
    Starts on Aug 25
    Off-cycle Internship
  • Legal
  • Los Angeles
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  • You must be a current JD or LLM student with fluency in Spanish and English. Strong academics, writing skills, and experience in immigration and family law preferred. Passion for immigrant children's issues and ability to work collaboratively required.
  • You will support legal representation for unaccompanied children through research, client engagement, case management, translation/interpretation, and community outreach.


  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited JD or LLM program.
  • Fluency in Spanish and English (oral and written).
  • Exceptional academic credentials, strong writing skills, and attention to detail.
  • Experience in immigration and family law is strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with children and survivors of trauma is preferred.
  • Must be passionate about issues affecting unaccompanied immigrant children.
  • Ability to work within an office environment and have regular interaction via telephone, videoconference, IM, and email with KIND's team.


  • Supporting the direct representation of unaccompanied children: Prepare legal filings, such as motions, affidavits, briefs, and/or applications or petitions for relief including: asylum; state court petitions in support of Special Immigration Juvenile Status (SIJS); SIJS petitions; U-visa petitions; T-visas applications; work authorization applications; and prepare for hearings or interviews before immigration court and/or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  • Client Engagement: Schedule legal screenings with prospective child clients, adult sponsors, and/or other agencies; observe and conduct legal screenings; draft case summaries and routine client correspondences.
  • Legal Research: Research current trends in immigration and family law, other federal laws that may affect unaccompanied children, and country conditions; and draft memoranda of law.
  • Case Management: Maintain case data management system through data entry, such as tracking court hearing dates and deadlines case activities, client communications, and case referrals.
  • Develop Sample Materials: Prepare and update sample USCIS and immigration court filings, training materials, pro bono guides, and practice advisories.
  • Programmatic Support: Participate in special projects for KIND attorneys and staff.
  • Translation and Interpretation: Interpret at client meetings or legal screenings; and translate documents, such as birth, marriage, death certificates, client correspondences, or other Spanish-written documents.
  • Meetings: Attend weekly virtual staff meetings, legal trainings, and presentations, if available.
  • Community Outreach: Present Know Your Rights presentations at resource fairs, schools, and in other community settings.

We protect unaccompanied children every step of the way in their search for safety and protection.

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Mission & Purpose

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is the preeminent international nongovernmental organization devoted to the protection of unaccompanied and separated children. KIND envisions a world in which every unaccompanied child on the move has access to legal representation and has their rights and well-being protected as they migrate alone in search of safety. In 2008, KIND was founded by the Microsoft Corporation and Co-Founder and Patron Angelina Jolie to address the gap in legal services for unaccompanied children. KIND now has offices and staff across the United States, Mexico, and Europe. Our team, and KIND’s extensive network of private sector pro bono and NGO partners provide unaccompanied children with innovative holistic care that includes legal representation and assistance and psychosocial support.