Legal Outreach Internship Provides Rewarding Experience for High School Students
Dawne Mitchell with some of the Legal Outreach interns.

The Legal Aid Society hosted a four-day summer internship experience for 30 tenth graders from the Legal Outreach program during the week of July 6. This is our second year participating in the Legal Outreach Summer Internship Program. This was a wonderful opportunity for our staff to provide highly motivated students from underserved communities with exposure to the practice of law and encourage pursuit of legal careers in the public interest. The Legal Outreach interns were in all three Practices: Juvenile Rights, Criminal Defense and Civil.

Dawne Mitchell, Deputy Attorney-in-Charge of the Bronx office of the Juvenile Rights Practice, served as the coordinator for the Legal Outreach program at The Legal Aid Society both this summer and last summer. The participating students are all enrolled in Legal Outreach's multifaceted, college preparatory program known as "College Bound." College Bound is an intensive four year academic skill development and support program. The students were selected based upon their interest in law, academic potential, work ethic, and need for additional support. Program graduates have gone on to outstanding academic institutions including Harvard, Yale, MIT, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Swarthmore, Georgetown, and more. Their success can be attributed, in part, to the exposure they received through the internship experience. In addition to our participation in the summer internship program, some of our staff attorneys serve as mentors throughout the year. This is a rewarding experience not only for the students but for all of us.