Legal Internships/Externships – Winter-Spring 2021

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is pleased to offer unpaid term-time internships and externships to interested law school students during the 2021-2022 academic year. A minimum commitment of 16 hours per week is required.
At the ACLU-WA, law students gain exposure to a broad range of civil liberties and civil rights issues and the opportunity to improve legal writing and research skills. Students work closely with staff attorneys to conduct legal research, write legal memoranda, and draft correspondence to government agencies in response to 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 appellate courts. 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. Academic credit can be arranged.
Requirements include academic standing as a first-, second-, or third-year law student during the duration of the externship/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, LGBT people, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and list of 3 references with contact information via email to: [email protected]. Please indicate your likely start and end dates and preferred hours (i.e. which days of the week and hours each day) 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., winter, spring, summer, fall).

Deadline to apply: October 31st 2021

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.”