Pine Tree Legal Assistance is a statewide, non-profit organization committed to providing high quality, free, civil legal assistance to low-income people in Maine. Pine Tree advocates to help Maine’s most vulnerable residents overcome pressing problems of everyday life – domestic and sexual violence, homelessness, economic insecurity, financial exploitation, and more. Pine Tree is committed to access to justice for all Mainers, maintaining six offices throughout the state.
Student externs at Pine Tree work with attorneys and advocates to respond to the varied needs of low-income clients. The externship is a great introduction to public interest law. Student responsibilities include client intake, outreach, client communication, case management, legal research, records review, legal writing, and other case work. Students may have the opportunity to observe staff in administrative and court proceedings.
The externship may be remote, in person, or a combination of both depending on circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the extern’s preference, and Pine Tree’s in-person work policies. The externship is unpaid. Students may apply for full or part time.
Pine Tree has the following practice groups: Family Law and Victims’ Rights, Housing, Public Benefits, Consumer, Kids Legal, Migrant Farm Workers, Native American, Veterans, and Tax. More information about Pine Tree, including areas of practice, can be found on our website, https://ptla.org. Students should indicate their preferred practice area(s) in their cover letter.
Pine Tree Legal Assistance externships are available in Augusta, Bangor, Lewiston, Machias, Portland, and Presque Isle. Some practice areas may only be available in certain locations. Students should indicate their preferred location(s) in their cover letter. **Work may also be completed remotely**
Students will be assigned to a supervising attorney within their designated practice area.
Pine Tree is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all staff and volunteers. We encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds, including women, Black, indigenous and people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, immigrants, and people who have experienced poverty or homelessness.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants should send a resume and cover letter (including desired practice area and location) to:
Director of Pro Bono Services
Pine Tree Legal Assistance