Labor Department: Unpaid interns can contribute to pro bono cases

09/18/2013 | ABAJournal.com

It is acceptable for law firms to employ law students as unpaid interns to handle pro bono work in certain circumstances, the Labor Department says in a letter. Criteria include that such internships should be designed to provide students with experience and should not be used to replace regular employees, according to the letter. "This clarification will assist law students seeking to gain legal experience and increase their volunteerism," said James Silkenat, president of the American Bar Association.

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