The Legal Aid Society’s Investigator Internship Program, within our Criminal Defense Practice, provides undergraduates and graduate students who are interested in law and social justice with an exciting, hands-on, in-the-field experience.

Working in teams of two, interns actually investigate real-life cases while assisting investigators and attorneys who are preparing for hearings and trials. Interns are trained to locate witnesses, conduct interviews, obtain written statements, perform background checks, canvass for video surveillance, photograph crime scenes, and conduct social media searches.

Candidates are carefully selected and interviewed. Candidates must have a sincere interest in public service and in the representation of low-income New Yorkers. The internship is a volunteer and unpaid position. Internship begins with a thorough training and orientation process that we offer during fall, spring and summer sessions. After training, interns will be assigned to one of our Trial Offices within the five boroughs of New York City for the duration of the internship. At the end of the program, Investigator Interns receive a Certificate of Accomplishment during the Certificate Ceremony and Luncheon Reception.

Fall and Spring Sessions: Part-time positions only. Interns are expected to volunteer two days a week during Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Summer Sessions: Full time positions only. Interns are expected to volunteer 5 days a week from Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Training is the key ingredient to the success of this program. Attending all of the training sessions is a mandatory requirement for admission into the internship program. Interns will experience a combination of lectures, workshops, fieldwork and hands-on computer training. The training will then be supplemented with continuing on-the-job shadowing of experienced investigators in the office and out in the field. Our goal is to ensure that each intern gains academic knowledge and a diverse, comprehensive field experience.

Training Curriculum Includes: The Path of a Criminal Case, Constitutional Law, Ethics, Theories of Defense, Criminal Defense Investigations, Interviewing Techniques, Digital Forensics 101, Social Media Intelligence Gathering, Memorializing Interviews, Case Management, Arraignments Fieldtrip, Shadowing Investigators in the Field, and much more.


Important Dates:


Application Dead-line:

Offer Date:

Start Date:

Spring 2018

January 10, 2018

Summer 2018

April 2, 2018

Starting on:
April 30, 2018

TBD After Memorial Day

Fall 2018

TBD July

TBD August

TBD September


Spring 2018 Schedule:





January 10, 2018

Day 1
Orientation & Training

Interns have a choice to
start internship training on
1/10 or on 1/11

9:30–5:00 pm

January 11, 2018

Day 1
Orientation & Training

Repeat of 1/10/2018

9:30–5:00 pm

January 12, 2018

Day 2


9:30–5:00 pm

January 16, 2018
January 17, 2018
January 18, 2018

Day 3
Shadow Day with Investigators in the Field

1) Choose 1 of the three
2) This will be your shadow day in your assigned trial office

9:30–5:00 pm

January 19, 2018

Day 4

Classroom Fieldtrip

9:30–5:00 pm

January 22, 2018
January 23, 2018
January 24, 2018
January 25, 2018

Day 5
Law Manager Database Training

1) Pick a day
2) Morning session OR
3) Afternoon session No classroom instruction

9:30–11:30 am
3:00–5:00 pm

January 26, 2018

Day 6

Classroom Workshops

9:30–5:00 pm

February 2, 2018

Day 7

Classroom Workshops

9:30–5:00 pm

Interested Candidates:

  • To apply, please compile a cover letter and resumé  in one single PDF, then apply directly through our application portal:
  • We welcome applicants from a variety of educational and professional institutions.
  • Please designate which session you are applying for.
  • We are happy to cooperate with students and their schools to secure class credits.
  • Prospective candidates will be contacted for an interview.
  • Due to the high volume of applications and the competitive application process, we will not be able to interview all of the applicants.