Texas Access to Justice Project (TAJ)
TRLA hires law school students for the Telephone Access to Justice Project (TAJ) in Austin and San Antonio. These part-time TAJ Associate positions offer law students the opportunity to develop practical legal skills and assist low-income clients with a wide variety of legal problems. Under the supervision of staff attorneys, TAJ Associates conduct detailed, substantive intake interviews with low-income Central and South Texans who seek representation through the TAJ toll-free number. Students enter client information into TRLA’s database, which is used by TRLA attorneys to make case disposition decisions. In the course of their work, TAJ Associates frequently collaborate with TRLA staff attorneys throughout our 68-county service area.
Law students who have completed their first or second years of law school are eligible for TAJ Associate positions. While first-year law students are encouraged to apply and interview, they cannot begin working until they have completed their first year. Spanish is strongly preferred. Pay begins at $11 per hour and can increase to as much as $15 per hour with experience.
TAJ Associates must work a minimum of 12-15 hours per week. New TAJ Associates are generally hired to start at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters and the summer. The summer position is part-time and does preclude interning with another organization or attending summer school. Most attorneys that TRLA has hired in the last few years began their TRLA careers at the TAJ Project.
Law students interested in the positions should contact Vickie Benitez, Attorney/Director, TAJ Austin; firstname.lastname@example.org
TRLA law clerks perform traditional research projects, interview clients and witnesses, assist with litigation related activities, and help develop cases. Generally, a clerk works with more than one attorney in practice areas of interest to the student. For more information, visit our clerks page.