Volunteering provides law students with an opportunity to learn about how the law relates to the unique issues raised in the arts and introduces them to pro bono service.
Our summer associate program runs from mid-May to mid-August. Participants meet weekly. Students write blog posts, work on special projects, interact with a few clients, hone their legal writing skills with faculty advisers and get career advice from some of our volunteer attorneys. Scott Miller, retired Associate General Counsel, Anheuser-Busch Companies, has served as the program director since 2016. He is a gifted mentor who facilitates teamwork and fosters personal growth.
Most law schools offer stipends for public interest summer internships. For more information, contact your law school’s public service office. We also welcome law students who would like to volunteer during the academic year. Generally, students select a research/writing project and work independently.
We are deeply committed to cultivating an inclusive environment — fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.
To apply, please submit a letter of interest and a current resume.
Several former summer associates are now active volunteers.
Christian Misner was a summer associate in 2009. Among his projects was researching the often-confusing difference between employees and independent contractors. Misner had a personal connection to this topic because he is a working magician. He started volunteering soon after he received his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law. His VLAA clients have included a muralist, a street performer and a printmaker.