Family Law Intern

Barrier Free Living (BFL) is dedicated to helping New Yorkers with disabilities live independently in the community.  BFL provides a broad range of residential (Freedom House) and community-based (The Secret Garden) services, which provides a variety of services to domestic violence (DV) survivors with disabilities.  The Secret Garden (SG) offers case management, safety planning, occupational therapy, short- and long-term individual counseling, advocacy within the medical, mental health, child welfare, law enforcement, and criminal justice systems, and referrals to outside services.  These services are provided at Secret Garden’s Manhattan-based office, as well as at New York City-sponsored Family Justice Centers located in the five boroughs.   Freedom House (FH) is BFL’s emergency shelter for domestic violence survivors with or without disabilities. Freedom House accepts women, children and men.  Its programs include individual counseling for adults and children, support groups, safety planning, case management, housing assistance, occupational therapy, financial clinic services, onsite childcare, and advocacy within the medical, mental health, child welfare, law enforcement, and criminal justice systems. BFL seeks a qualified Family Law Intern to provide the following:


  • Currently enrolled in an ABA accredited law school;
  • Strong interest in family law;
  • Candidate should have excellent organization, writing, and communication skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent legal research, analysis, initiative, imagination, versatility and a passion for our issues.
  • Candidate must be a motivated self-starter.
  • Candidate must be highly organized with the ability to meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations including people with disabilities and those who are D/deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Sensitivity to sexual exploitation, domestic violence, and other gender-related issues
  • Ability to work in a crisis management environment
  • Ability to work independently
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Computer skills required


  • Assist the staff attorney in providing direct representation to clients in family and housing law matters in the Family, Housing, and Supreme Courts in all five boroughs of New York City, from the inception of the cases to resolution, as they relate to domestic violence.
  • Observe court proceedings
  • Enter data, assist with filing and follow up with new clients
  • Shadow staff on a typical workday
  • Attend workplace meetings
  • Conduct informational interviews with staff
  • Undertake a voluntary small project or relevant research assignment
  • Serve alongside staff in volunteer work
  • Learn about the organization’s mission
  • Complete other projects as requested.
  • Ensure timely and accurate entry of case notes and other related program statistics, as requested, including document and complete the necessary forms at both Freedom House and Secret Garden

Duration: June 1 – August 7th

Hourly Rate:  Unpaid Position

Hours per week: up to 35 – Monday through Friday


  • current resume;
  • a cover letter explaining your interest in joining Barrier Free Living;
  • a current law school transcript (1Ls may send the transcript separately, as soon as it is available);
  • legal writing sample;




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