Legal Department Internships for Summer 2021 (w/stipend)

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is pleased to offer internships to interested law school students for the upcoming Summer of 2021.

At the ACLU-WA, law students gain exposure to a broad range of racial justice, civil liberties and civil rights issues and the opportunity to improve legal writing and research skills. Students work closely with staff attorneys conducting legal research, writing legal memoranda, and drafting correspondence to government agencies in response to documented complaints of civil liberties and civil rights violations. Students also assist ACLU attorneys in the development of cases for litigation, preparation of cases for trial, and submission of amicus curiae briefs in courts of appeal. 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 become familiar with administrative regulations and agency protocols, while developing a practical understanding of constitutional law. Academic credit can be arranged.
Prerequisites include academic standing as a 1L, 2L or 3L 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. First year students encouraged to apply.
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.
The Summer 2021 Legal Internship positions are full-time for a minimum of 10 weeks. Interns who do not have access to other sources of funding will be given a stipend of up to $6,000. Interns will be asked to apply for other available funds before receiving funds from the ACLU-WA.
How to Respond:
Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume and legal writing sample in PDF format via email to: Applications are due January 30th, 2021. 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., Summer). Applications may also be sent via U.S. mail to:
Hiring Attorney, Legal Department
ACLU of Washington
PO Box 2728
Seattle, WA, 98111
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 summer 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.”