Summer Law Clerk, Housing Stability Program (Eviction Helpline)
In the State of Texas, the Supreme Court of Texas currently requires landlords and property owners to include the TLSC Eviction Helpline information on all eviction notices served on tenants. The TLSC Housing Stability Program operates this helpline which provides detailed information on the eviction process and referral information to tenants in urban counties and connects many tenants who live in rural counties with TLSC Housing Stability attorneys to provide full eviction protection representation.
The Housing Stability Program law clerk will be on the frontlines of our efforts to help low-income Texans facing eviction or housing instability. You will interact directly with potential clients via the hotline to determine their legal needs and eligibility for our services. You will also work with TLSC Housing Stability attorneys to provide eviction protection and other legal assistance. In addition, the law clerk will also be responsible for: assisting with the preparation of legal documents; conducting legal research and tracking relevant legislation; being flexible and responsive to client and staff needs in a non-profit environment; and assisting with case preparation and attending hearing with attorneys.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO LEARN
You will work closely with a team of attorneys who specialize in eviction protection and housing instability issues for low-income Texans. You will learn the ins-and-outs of Texas laws and procedures surrounding this issue and gain hands-on experience in the public service sector. In addition, you’ll be able to:
Communicate with Potential Clients
Assess Legal Issues
Assess Likelihood of Success at Hearing
Assess Eligibility for Services
Work with Case Management Technology
Refine Research Techniques
Learn Texas Civil Court Procedure
Volunteer in a Hands-On Environment
Attend Eviction Hearings with TLSC Attorneys
QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPENSATION
Currently enrolled in an ABA accredited law-school.
This is an unpaid, in-person internship in Austin, TX. Reporting and oversight available for course credit.