Current Internships & Opportunities
Please see below for a listing of current opportunities that we believe will greatly add to your experience as a pre-law student. Gaining relevant experience through these opportunities is a great way to ensure that a career in law will work for you! Don’t be afraid to contact these organizations and get involved.
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Internships & Opportunities
- Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS)
- Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi
- Volunteer Legal Services Hawaiʻi
- Hawaiʻi Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice
- The Outdoor Circle
- Surfrider Foundation
- The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
- Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC)
- Keiki O Ka ʻĀina Family Learning Centers
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving
- Helping Hands Hawaiʻi
- Sultan Ventures
- Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) Summer Internship Program
- Pre-Law Programs for Undergraduates
University of Hawaii – Internships & Opportunities
Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS)
VIPS facilitates volunteer opportunities for the Judiciary’s courts and programs on O‘ahu. VIPS is a great opportunity to observe the daily activities of the judiciary, acquaint yourself with valuable legal skills and procedures and build relationships to help you develop your interest in the law. As a volunteer, you may serve as a:
- Case Aide
- Bailiff Aide
- Court Clerk Aide
- Computer Operator
- Clerical Aide
See more information on this opportunity and application procedures is available at the following website: http://www.courts.state.hi.us/outreach/volunteer_opportunities
Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i
The Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i is located in downtown Honolulu and is a non-profit, public interest law firm with offices throughout the State. Legal Aid serves a client base that faces economic hardship and unequal access to justice. Some practice areas that Legal Aid engages in are immigration law, housing, family law, and employment law, to name a few. See more information on this opportunity and get in touch with Legal Aid to inquire about volunteer opportunities here: http://www.legalaidhawaii.org/volunteer.html
Volunteer Legal Services Hawai‘i
Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii is a non-profit legal services provider for low and moderate income communities through volunteer attorneys. VLSH provide legal services in a wide range of law fields, such as family law, estate planning (wills, trusts, advanced health care directives), Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and Veteran’s Benefits.
VLSH accepts undergraduate student volunteers for organizational projects such as administrative support, fundraising events, and so forth. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (808)528-7050.
Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice
The Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice is a nonprofit law firm “working to build a more socially just Hawai‘i, where everyone has genuine opportunities to achieve economic security and fulfill their potential.” Hawai‘i Appleseed addresses issues such as housing, economic justice, hunger, education, and health care. In addition to advocacy work, the Hawai‘i Appleseed also conducts seminars and community engagement groups in support of other public interest groups in Hawai’i.
The Hawai‘i Appleseed will host three to six graduate and law students to conduct research on policy matters or investigate potentially impact litigation relating to issues affecting low-income residents of Hawai’i. For more information, visit the Hawaii Appleseed Center website here.
The Outdoor Circle
The Outdoor Circle is a grassroots environmental law and policy firm in Honolulu which advocates for responsible land use and development while also supporting projects which have positive outcomes for local communities. In addition, the Outdoor Circle engages in legal actions and government relations. To get more information on Volunteer Work and Internship Opportunities with the Outdoor Circle, see here: http://www.outdoorcircle.org/volunteer.html
The Surfrider Foundation is an environmental law advocacy group that creates policy and engages in legal advocacy for environmental issues facing the oceans and beaches. Students may directly volunteer with a local Chapter or Club in the State. In addition, the Surfrider Foundation offers university level students to do internships at their headquarters in San Clemente, CA in their Environmental, Legal, Marketing, International and Chapter departments.
For more information on how to apply for internship or career opportunities in California and possible fellowship with the Surfrider Foundation, see here: https://www.surfrider.org/careers
For general information on volunteering with the Surfrider Foundation at the nearest Chapter/Club to you, see here: http://www.surfrider.org/volunteer
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program allows individuals to advocate and get to know a foster child. CASA volunteers use the information they gather from the child’s parents and relatives, medical professionals, attorneys and social workers to inform judges and others of what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for them. This opportunity is an excellent for any pre-law student interested in advocacy work, but especially beneficial for those with an interest in family law.
Read more about the requirements and role of being a CASA volunteer. Interested volunteers must pass a background check, participate in a 30-hour pre-service training course and agree to stay with a case until it is closed (a year and a half on average).
For more information on the CASA program and finding an opportunity near you, please see the following website: http://bit.ly/1mybdFQ
Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC)
The Domestic Violence Action Center is committed to ending domestic violence and other forms of abuse through leadership, prevention, legal services, individual and systemic advocacy and social change work. DVAC also engages in raising public awareness, engaging in community building, and participating in outreach to immigrant and ethnic communities. Volunteers may be asked to serve on the domestic violence legal helpline, administrative support or other various outreach services. Volunteering at DVAC will likely benefit students in terms of developing advocacy and policymaking skills, along with covering a wide array of legal areas including family law, immigration law and criminal law.
Please browse the DVAC website for more volunteering information and application requirements: http://domesticviolenceactioncenter.org/volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering at DVAC and meet all qualification requirements, please call the Supervisor of Volunteers and Students at 534-0040 to set up an interview.
Keiki O Ka ʻĀina Family Learning Centers
Keiki O Ka ʻĀina is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “serve the educational needs of Hawaii’s families within the context of culturally competent education and family strengthening programs.” It serves parents and preschool-aged children from prenatal to five years of age. These specialized services include: Native Hawaiian cultural enrichment programs, family literacy curriculum, and family wellness support. Volunteering with Keiki O Ka ʻĀina enables students to practice interpersonal skills, and develop a level of professionalism in the workplace with those of different cultural backgrounds in a sensitive and purposeful way.
Volunteering opportunities may encompass:
- Child Care Provider Assistant
- Classroom Support
- Classroom Cleaning and Maintenance
- Preschool Construction
- Data Entry – Computer Work
- Human Resources
- Landscaping and Gardening Maintenance
- Office Assistant
- Parenting, Family and Professional Development Workshop Speakers
- Special Events and Fund Raising Projects
To lean more about volunteering with Keiki O Ka ʻĀina, please visit the Aloha United Way Volunteer Hawaii website to find out the details of how you can contribute to our early education programs. See the website here: https://auw.galaxydigital.com
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is a non-profit advocacy group whose mission is “to aid the victims of crimes performed by individuals driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.” MADD engages in public outreach activities to heighten awareness of the problem of drinking and drugged driving. The Hawaii MADD office is located in downtown Honolulu and is open to undergraduate volunteers who wish to participate in community advocacy programs, outreach efforts, office support duties or acting as a court monitor for DUI cases.
To get more information on volunteer opportunities at MADD in addition to the application form, see here: https://www.madd.org/volunteer/
Helping Hands Hawaiʻi (HHH)
HHH is a local non-profit organization which strives to connect individuals, families and organizations in need with essential human and material resources. HHH administers various programs such as: Adopt a Family, Behavioral Health Programs, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and Bilingual Access Line. Students with a passion for nonprofit work and developing interpersonal and administrative skills should take advantage of this opportunity.
Those interested in volunteering at the Nimitz Highway location may see more information on the application and available volunteer times here: http://helpinghandshawaii.org/volunteer/
Students interested in participating in an internship or practicum at HHH and currently majoring in a health, behavioral health, social science or social work field are highly encouraged to apply along with those who study other subject such as foreign language, human resources or accounting. See more information on the qualifications for the internship and application instructions here: http://helpinghandshawaii.org/volunteer/internships-practicums/. If you are interested in participating, send a signed and completed Volunteer Application Form to James Li at email@example.com. For more information, contact James at 440-3812 or Maria at 440-3857.
Sultan Ventures is a boutique venture firm focusing on early-stage startups and investments. The firm’s mission is to catalyze startup growth in Hawaii and startup hubs across the country. Currently, the firm is also the head of two University of Hawaii programs: Upside, which invests in UH intellectual property startups, and XLR8UH. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who are interested in business law and entrepreneurship.
Highly motivated individuals who are interested in volunteering at Sultan Ventures should visit the website here.
Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) Summer Internship Program
The Hawaiian Electric Company conducts an annual Summer Internship Program for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year of university. Students will gain firsthand experience in business and regulatory matters, which are highly beneficial for a career in law.
For more information on the application and eligibility requirements, please see: https://www.hawaiianelectric.com/careers/summer-internship-program
Summer Pre-Law Programs for Undergraduates
Step into the shoes of a current law student! This listing has a various of programs across the nation that will give you a taste of law school and the legal profession, courtesy of the William S. Richardson School of Law Admissions. Click here!
Interested in participating in a PAID summer pre-law program? The University of Maine School of Law is currently accepting applications for their 2020 Pre-Law Summer Scholars! This is a three-week intensive program targeted, but not restricted, to college students from racial and ethnic minority groups who are underrepresented in the legal profession. Students from rural communities or who are the first in their family to attend college are also encouraged to apply. Learn more about the program here.
Manoa Undergraduate Political Internships
Attention all Pre-Law students: UHM is currently offering a series of political internships that will provide you with substantial experience in law! Altogether, there are 10 Hawaii State Legislative Internships, 4 in the congress and 3 in the state executive offices.
Each internship also carries a stipend that covers 15 credits of in-state tuition and appropriate incidental costs of the internship.
The University of Hawaii at Manoa offers these types of political internships:
If you are interested in applying, or if you have any questions, please visit the Manoa Undergraduate Political Internships.
More Internships & Opportunities!
Research and Other Internship Opportunities
Description: Check out this listing of research and internship opportunities, courtesy of the Colleges of Arts & Sciences. Click here!
Hawai’i Public Service Fellowship Opportunity: Lead For America is a non-profit that works to recruit, train, and place our country’s most outstanding young leaders to serve in paid two-year fellowships in their hometowns and home states, especially communities that are most struggling to attract and retain talent. This year, Lead For America has secured a placement with a Hawaii County local government. Interested prospective applicants can find out more information about Lead For America’s Fellowship program here and apply for the position here. For more information or questions, please contact Lead For America at reed.shaferray@lead4america.
Current Test Prep Scholarships
ASUH Graduate Test Preparation Award
Description: This award provides financial support for tests costs and/or preparatory courses. For more information about this award, check out the website here!