Clinics & Projects


Pro Bono Attorneys are provided by Ropes & Gray. However, Intern positions are available to all.

DotHouse Medical Legal Partnership

“Medical-legal partnerships integrate the unique expertise of lawyers into healthcare settings to help clinicians, case managers, and social workers address structural problems at the root of so many health inequities.” National Center for Medical Legal Partnership

The DotHouse Medical Legal Partners are the DotHouse Health Center, the Volunteer Lawyers Project, and Ropes & Gray LLP.   


Intern positions are available to undergraduate and law school students.  No special background is required.   

How it Works

  • All work is currently virtual and can be conducted from home or from VLP’s Main Office. Intern hours are flexible, and schedules can often be coordinated with academic, work, and/or personal schedules and availability.
  • DotHouse patients are referred to VLP and are scheduled for a virtual Zoom clinic or contacted for individual consultation over the phone.
  • VLP staff and interns gather documentation and detailed facts at the Clinic and in follow-up calls. Clients are screened for all eligible services and provided information, referrals, advice, brief service, and/or direct representation.
  • Cases are discussed at a weekly VLP case review meeting and case summaries are presented to the Ropes staff at a weekly Thursday meeting and pro bono opportunities are circulated to Ropes Attorneys.

Benefits of Volunteering

Interns gain the following experience:

  • Exposure to a wide variety of law types including immigration, family, housing, public benefits, employment, and consumer.
  • Direct client contact and communication skills including working with interpreters.
  • Legal training and supervision
  • Drafting and presenting case summaries, researching legal issues and resources,
  • Participating in meetings with VLP staff and pro bono attorneys
  • Engaging in special projects such as the development of client and training materials

For more information


Contact staff attorney Steve Russo