ABA ROLI is a non-profit program that implements legal reform programs in roughly 60 countries around the world. ABA ROLI has nearly 700 professional staff working abroad and in its Washington, D.C. office. ABA ROLI’s host country partners include judges, lawyers, bar associations, law schools, court administrators, legislatures, ministries of justice and a wide array of civil society organizations, including human rights groups.
The ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is seeking a paid, part-time legal intern for its Research and Assessments Office based in Washington, D.C. for the fall semester. The intern will work to support a variety of short- and long-term research projects related to rule of law reform in ABA ROLI's thematic areas, which include: access to justice and human rights, anti-corruption and public integrity, criminal law reform and anti-human trafficking, judicial reform, legal education reform and civic education, legal profession reform, and women’s rights. For example, current projects include an assessment of the Constitutional Court in Jordan, designing a model for paralegal services to improve access to justice for the LGBT community in Nigeria, drafting a primer on documenting human rights violations in Syria, and an assessment of pre-trial detention in Serbia. Candidates should be available to work a minimum of 16 hours per week.
- Open to current law students or recent graduates interested in promoting the rule of law abroad;
- Excellent research, writing and analytical skills;
- Familiarity with MS Office;
- Strong commitment to public interest law;
- Legal interns should be well-organized, self-motivated and reliable;
- Regional experience and relevant coursework are highly desirable but not required;
- Knowledge of foreign languages is a plus.