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Website Assistant

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 to Friday, May 22nd, 2020 (ET)

About

Registration OpensSep 1, 2019 12:00am
PaidYes
CreditNo
Description
Hourly wage: $12/hour
Hours per week: 6-8 hours
Off campus: 40 Court Street, Boston

The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) is a statewide nonprofit poverty law and policy center. Our mission is to advance economic, racial and social justice through legal action, policy advocacy, coalition building, and community outreach. Read more on our website.

We operate several websites that help low income people and their legal advocates resolve civil (non-criminal) legal issues in Massachusetts.

MassLegalHelp is the civil legal information website for Massachusetts residents. We publish legal information and produce self-help materials created by Massachusetts civil legal aid programs for clients, people who cannot afford a lawyer, and other people who have legal problems and do not know their rights.

MassLegalServices is the comprehensive online resource for poverty law advocates in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Legal Resource Finder gives Massachusetts residents contact information for legal aid programs, nonprofits, government agencies and court programs that may be able to help with civil legal issues for free or at a low cost.

Tasks/Responsibilities:

The Massachusetts Legal Aid Websites Project, located at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, is seeking a work study student to help update and maintain content on several of our statewide websites for low income people in Massachusetts.

We are looking for an organized, detail oriented self-starter to help maintain content on these websites. This includes:

  • posting new content to the websites;
  • editing existing content on the websites;
  • fixing broken links,
  • reaching out to other legal services programs to update intake criteria,
  • assisting with e-pubs, and
  • help with other administrative tasks as needed.

If we can get the critical content posted, we invite you to explore other ways to present legal information to our audiences in new and creative ways.

If you are thinking about going into public interest law, social justice, journalism or helping poor people understand their legal rights, you will learn a lot in this position. As you post content you will learn not only about content management systems and basic coding behind a website, but also about civil law and the administrative systems that affect the lives of the poor and vulnerable.

Furthermore, if your schedule allows, you are invited to monthly Advocacy Meetings at which the legal staff at MLR present the state of their work and how it is both effecting and being affected by justice in Massachusetts. You will learn about “access to justice” and how we are working to provide it to every resident of the commonwealth.

Requirements
Federal Work Study: Required
CausesLegal Services Social Justice
SkillsComputer Troubleshooting Website Design Website Development Communications
Sustainable Development Goals