Public Interest Law Initiative



17 N. State Street, Suite 1850
Chicago, IL 60602

Contact: Pat Wrona
Legal Director


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CARPLS (the Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services) is one of the most innovative legal aid programs in the country, using cutting edge technology and 21st century processes to deliver over 50,000 legal consultations a year to low and moderate income residents of Cook County. Through our state of the art legal aid hotline, and our four courthouse based advice desks, CARPLS provides legal analysis, legal advice, individualized solutions, helpful strategies and effective documents and pleadings to pro se clients.  With the help of the dedicated CARPLS attorneys and volunteers, clients are empowered to address their legal problems in a way that leads to the most optimum outcome for their circumstances.

As the gateway to legal aid in Cook County, CARPLS provides a bird’s eye view on the legal aid community in Chicago, and is a valuable experience to anyone looking for a career in public interest law in Chicago, or seeking to form a deep appreciation of the needs of our client population, and the importance of free legal aid services to the community.

During the CoVid-19 pandemic, CARPLS is serving its clients remotely over our legal aid hotline.  For the fall of 2020, CARPLS’ PILI internship is expected to be “virtual” with the intern working remotely along with the rest of the CARPLS staff to start, which may continue through the semester.  The fall internship will consist of legal research and writing on legal issues important to those in poverty, including consumer, housing and family law, and this work will contribute to CARPLS’ 1600 subject knowledge management library of legal authority, advice, and strategy.  Answering legal questions raised by individual clients’ cases will also be part of the intern’s work, as is drafting of legal documents and pleadings for individual clients, all under the supervision of our attorneys.   PILIs help to create client publications of legal information and instructions.  The intern will be involved in client consultations as much as possible. PILIs are integrated into the life of the organization, and are invited to office meetings.

This agency is approved to host Law Student Interns during the spring semester, and during the summer. They are also approved to host Graduate Fellows.

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