Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center



How to Apply: Complete this online form for Spring 2017 internships.* Summer 2017 internships are full at this time. Please continue to check this site for any changes. 

Questions after reviewing the below descriptions?  Please contact Pro Bono Director Christina Yang, Esq.   Please note that Advancing Justice-LA receives many internship applications and you will only be contacted if selected for an interview.  

Immigration Project (Los Angeles)

The Immigration Project at Advancing Justice-Los Angeles assists immigrants nationally and locally who are seeking help with immigration relief such as DACA, U Visa, SIJS, VAWA,  adjustment of status, representation in immigration court, and other forms of family-based immigration. The Immigration Project hosts free in-house and off-site workshops and information sessions within Los Angeles County and Orange County to assist undocumented immigrants for little to no cost. Immigration consultations are also available in-person or over the phone by appointment only.

*At this time we are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2017. Please check back this Summer for Fall applications. Thank you!

Immigration Project (Orange County)

The Immigration Project at Advancing Justice-Orange County assists immigrants locally who are seeking help with immigration legal assistance such as representation in immigration court, options after receiving a deportation order, and other forms of immigration relief, included but not limited to family-based immigration, DACA, U Visa, SIJS, VAWA, and adjustment of status. The Immigration Project in Orange County hosts free weekly in-house legal clinics on Thursdays from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. and occasional off-site workshops, clinics and information sessions within Orange County to assist immigrants in the community at no cost. Immigration consultations are also available in-person by appointment only.

Qualifications include: Experience working with immigrants or with low-income communities is preferred. Demonstrated commitment to public interest and prior non-profit experience also preferred.  Experience working in an office setting or law office is helpful.


Duties may include, but are not limited to: Providing interpretation for client consultations at weekly in-house legal clinics and at off-site workshops, clinics, information sessions and community events.  Also includes providing interpretation and translation work for ongoing casework, including, but not limited to: interviewing prospective clients by phone and in person and similar follow-up with existing clients.  Depending on qualifications and level of experience, duties may also include preparing immigration applications, drafting client declarations, and conducting limited legal research. Interns/law clerks may also perform certain administrative duties as needed.


Language Requirements: Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish.

Schedule Requirements:  For Spring 2017, seeking interns (law students or recent law school graduates only) for a minimum commitment of 5 hours/week for the remainder of the academic semester/quarter.  Candidates seeking externship or other academic credit welcome to apply.   

Survivor and Family Empowerment (SAFE) Project - Assisting Domestic Violence Survivors 

The SAFE Project assists low-income and limited-English-speaking survivors of domestic violence with family law and immigration services, including helping them obtain restraining orders, child custody, and support orders and to achieve legal status without the help of their abuser. Advancing Justice - LA also assists victims of labor or sex trafficking with obtaining legal status.

*At this time we are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2017. Please check back this Summer for Fall applications. Thank you!

Impact Litigation

The Impact Litigation Unit advocates for civil rights through lawsuits that seek to enforce and expand protections for low-income and immigrant communities, set legal precedent on civil rights matters and change discriminatory institutional practices. Our key cases have challenged unconstitutional laws, consumer fraud, low-wage worker exploitation and sweatshops, and race and national origin discrimination.

*At this time we are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2017. Please check back this Summer for Fall applications. Thank you!


For Legal Help

Advancing Justice - LA’s hotlines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, consumer, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights.

English: 888.349.9695
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356


도움이 필요하십니까?: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ: 800.914.9583
Cần sự giúp đỡ: 800.267.7395


Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.