Fall 2012 Legal Internship-ACLUF Immigrants’ Rights Project, New York and California Office
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Immigrants’ Rights Project
New York and California Office

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU) , founded in 1920, is a nationwide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with more than 500,000 members and is dedicated to the principles of liberty and equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution. The Immigrants’ Rights Project of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City and San Francisco seeks legal interns for the f all of 2012 .


The Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP) is a national project of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation with offices in New York and California. Using targeted impact litigation, advocacy and public outreach, the Project carries on the ACLU’s historic commitment to protecting the civil rights and civil liberties of immigrants. In federal district and appellate courts, including the Supreme Court, the Project conducts the nation’s largest impact litigation program dedicated to defending and expanding the rights of immigrants, enforcing the guarantees of the Constitution, and achieving equal justice under the law.

The Project has focused on challenging laws that deny immigrants access to the judicial system, impose indefinite and mandatory detention, and constitute discrimination on the basis of “alienage” by governmental and private entities. In addition, the Project has been challenging constitutional abuses that arise from immigration enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels, including litigation against worksite and home raids, local anti-immigrant employment and housing laws, and improper enforcement of federal immigration laws by local sheriffs. IRP’s efforts in the enforcement arena seek to ensure the constitutional protections of the Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments, combat racial profiling arising from actual or pretextual immigration enforcement that subjects immigrant communities to racism and hostility, and challenge government policies and practices that undermine or deny immigrants’ ability to effectuate their existing legal rights.


The Project is offering Fall Legal Interns the opportunity to work on a variety of litigation projects. Our Fall Legal Internship requires a minimum commitment of 12 to 16 hours per week and is part-time. This is an unpaid internship. Students are highly encouraged to seek Public Interest Fellowship funds for the internship. Arrangements can also be made with the student's law school for work/study stipends or course credit.


The Fall Legal Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the IRP team. Interns will assist in all aspects of litigation. Interns will gain experience by working on the following:

Conducting legal and policy research.
Drafting memoranda, affidavits and briefs.
Researching prospects for new litigation, including both factual and legal claims.
Researching and drafting materials for public education.


The Legal Internship is open to all law students who have completed their first year of law school. Desired qualifications include:

Excellent research, analytical, writing and communication skills.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, and online legal research.
The initiative to see projects through to completion.
A strong interest and commitment to civil rights, social justice, and civil liberties issues.

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