The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) is one of the busiest and biggest DC agencies, with approximately 9,000 employees working in more than 100 schools and administrative offices across the District, serving over 48,000 students.
The UELIP Law Program is the legal component of the DCPS UELIP (Urban Education Leaders Internship Program) internship program housed in the Office of General Counsel (OGC). OGC is responsible for providing expert legal advice and representation to DCPS’ Chancellor, central office, principals, and other school-based personnel to help ensure that all DCPS students, regardless of background or circumstance, receive a world-class education that prepares them for success in college, career, and life.
Major practice areas in OGC include litigation, labor and employment, and general practice.
This group represents DCPS in special education, residency, disciplinary appeals and human rights issues before various judicial bodies, including the Office of Dispute Resolution, Office of Administrative Hearings, and the Office of Human Rights. Additionally, our attorneys represent DCPS in mediations and provide litigation support and statutory interpretation to the Office of Attorney General (OAG) in appellate and complex civil litigation. The majority of the work in the Litigation group entails handling special education due process complaints filed against the school district by the parent under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA).
Labor and Employment
The Labor and Employment group provides the Chancellor’s Office, and the Office of Human Capital, including Human Resources (HR) and Labor Management and Employee Relations (LMER), with guidance, advice and legal representation for personnel matters related to FMLA issues, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, grievance claims from suspension or termination of employment, immigration, drug/alcohol testing, hiring, reduction in force actions, and other areas.
The General Practice group engages with the client in the areas of policy and legislation, contracts, legal advice and interpretation and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Our attorneys provide legal training, advice, representation, and guidance on a daily basis on a wide variety of diverse matters, including federal education law, contract and procurement law, student privacy rights and government ethics.
Minimum Intern Requirements
- Current law student or recent law graduate
- Legal research and writing
- Legislative analysis and application
- Litigation preparation
- Policy review
- Independent Work Ethic
- Current Law School Transcript, self-edited writing sample (not to exceed 12 pages), resume and cover letter. In the cover letter, please describe how your education and experience would contribute to your work in this office and what interests you about engaging with a general counsel’s office for a school system.
Application Contact and Submission of Materials
- Spring: Open until filled
- Summer applicants encouraged to apply before April 3
Start Date and Minimum Time Commitment
- Summer: June 7, 2017 8-10 weeks, 30-40 hours/week
Contact [email protected].