Research and Assessments Internship (Paid)
American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative - Washington, DC
Part-time, Internship

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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.