Fall 2013 Legal Internship
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Racial Justice Program, NY

For more than 92 years, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU), has been at the forefront of virtually every major battle for civil liberties and equal justice in this country. Principled and nonpartisan, the ACLU has offices in all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, and brings together the country’s largest team of public interest lawyers, lobbyists, communication strategists, and members and activists in the advancement of equality, fairness, and freedom, especially for the most vulnerable in our society. The Racial Justice Program of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks legal interns for the Fall of 2013.


The ACLU’s Racial Justice Program (RJP) aims to preserve and extend constitutionally guaranteed rights as well as other rights, to segments of the population that historically have been denied those rights on the basis of race, ethnicity or national origin. The Racial Justice Program (RJP) attorneys and staff work on a broad range of racial justice issues, particularly in the areas of criminal justice and education.

In the area of criminal justice, RJP is dedicated to reducing the unwarranted and disproportionate targeting and incarceration people of color. The Project has filed civil challenges to the inadequate provision of defense to adult and juvenile indigents and pre- and post-9/11 racial profiling. In the area of education, RJP seeks to ensure that all children have access to quality education, regardless of race or ethnicity. The Project has undertaken advocacy, including public education and community organizing, against the school-to-prison pipeline. The Racial Justice Program has sought to promote school desegregation and affirmative action programs. RJP also has advocated before international human rights bodies on behalf of formerly incarcerated people and people displaced by Hurricane Katrina.


The Racial Justice Program is offering Legal Interns the opportunity to work on all aspects of litigation. Interns will work with an experienced team of racial justice attorneys on a broad range of issues, particularly in the areas of criminal justice and education. The internship requires a minimum commitment of 12 to 16 hours per week and is part-time, with a weekly schedule that is negotiable. This is an unpaid internship, and students are highly encouraged to seek Public Interest Fellowship funds for the internship. Arrangements can also be made with the students’ law school for work/study stipends or course credit.


Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the RJP team. Interns will gain experience by:

Conducting factual and legal research.

Drafting pleadings, briefs and other litigation documents.

Researching prospects for new litigation, including factual and legal claims.

Assisting in the preparation of expert and percipient witnesses for courtroom testimony.


The opportunity is open to all law students who will have completed their first year of law school before the internship commences, and who possess the following:

Excellent research, writing, analytical and communication skills.

The initiative to see projects through to completion.

A demonstrated commitment to racial justice issues, civil rights, and civil liberties.

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