School Year Legal Department Internships/Externships

ACLU-WA Legal Department Externships and Internships
 
The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is pleased to offer externships and internships to interested law school students.  We are currently hiring for fall 2019, winter 2019-20, and spring 2020. A minimum commitment of 16 hours per week is required during the school year. 
 
Our interns and externs work on a broad range of issues, including racial justice, immigration, LGBT rights, access to health care, and criminal law reform.  They work closely with staff attorneys on all aspects of litigation, including pre-filing fact and legal investigation, staffing active cases, and amicus and appellate briefing.  Students will gain experience working within an organization that is committed to centering the voices and lived experiences of directly impacted communities.
 
Educational benefits include obtaining hands-on experience in applying constitutional theories and case law to legal problems and learning how to conduct factual investigation of complaints. Students will develop a practical understanding of constitutional law. Academic credit can be arranged. While this position is uncompensated, the ACLU-WA will work with students to obtain course credit for work performed during the academic year.
 
Prerequisites include academic standing as a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year law student during the duration of the internship time period, an interest in civil liberties and civil rights, good interpersonal and analytical skills, and the ability to write in a clear and concise manner.
 
The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture and are committed to race equity in all aspects of our work.  The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, socio-economic circumstance, or record of arrest or conviction.  Women, people of color, LGTB people, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.
 
How to Respond:
Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume and legal writing sample in PDF format via email to:  legalprogramassistant@aclu-wa.org. Please indicate your likely start and end dates in your cover letter. The subject line of your email should include your name and the term internship for which you are applying (e.g., fall).
 
Because positions are filled on a rolling basis, we encourage interested students to apply early.
Please note that there are multiple departments within the ACLU of Washington hiring for fall internships. Candidates who apply to multiple positions will be considered independently for each position.
 
The ACLU of Washington comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Inc. and the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Foundation. The two corporations share the same overall mission, office space, and employees. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU of Washington.”