Internships and Volunteering

The Children's Law Center offers internships to both undergraduate and law students during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. 
  • CLC accepts interns from law schools, paralegal programs, mental health programs as well as undergraduate students.

  • Students will get an opportunity to shadow attorneys in court, perform intakes for our legal hotline, provide case management support, interview clients, assist in preparing court documents, and obverse mediations.

  • If the student meets the requirements to become a certified legal intern, the student will be given the opportunity serve as Guardian ad litem in the representation of a client in court.

  • In order to ensure that each student gets the most out of their time with us we gear each student’s internship towards their desired career paths. To help accomplish this goal we provide ongoing training, monthly mentoring meetings, and encourage students to work with each attorney on staff so that they can get a range of experiences.

If you are interested in applying for our Spring 2018 semester, please send your cover letter and resume to the address below with the subject:  "Intern Spring 2018".


Email David Coughlin at 


The Children's Law Center
Attn: Atty. David Coughlin
30 Arbor Street, Suite 208
Hartford, CT 06106


 See what one of our former interns had to say about her time at CLC:

This summer, I was the Outcome Measurement Coordinator for the Children's Law Center of Connecticut. My main project was to create an outcome measurement report regarding the CLC’s Lawline service, a free legal hotline that provides information and referrals for issues regarding both family law and children’s rights. I also took on general intern tasks, such as answering Lawline calls, assisting attorneys with opening and closing files, and shadowing attorneys in court and during appointments. 

 The best part about the internship was how much I learned about family law, the CLC, and people in general. The worst part about the internship was leaving for school - I was genuinely so sad!

 As a psychology major, I learned a lot about working with children and parents, the legal system, and how law and the mental health field work together to help people. The internship has taught me that I truly want to work with children, regardless of which profession I am in. 

 I would recommend that my best friend accept the internship if possible! I cannot say enough wonderful things about my experience at the CLC and would highly encourage anyone who is offered the opportunity to take it!"