Spring 2018 LEGAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Capital Punishment Project, Durham, NC
For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. Whether it’s achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, ending mass incarceration, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, record of arrest or conviction.
The Capital Punishment Project (CPP) of the ACLU’s National Office in Durham, N.C. seeks applicants for its Spring 2018 Legal Internship. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can be made with the student’s school for a work/study stipend or course credit.
The Capital Punishment Project, part of the ACLU’s Center for Justice, challenges the unfairness and arbitrariness of capital punishment while working toward the ultimate goal of abolishing the death penalty. The Project engages in public advocacy and strategic litigation, including direct representation of capital defendants. The Project’s litigation is conducted throughout the country, with a particular focus on the South.
Interns will have the opportunity to work on all aspects of litigation. The internship is part-time with weekly hours that are negotiable and typically requires a 10 week commitment.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the CPP team 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.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
This Internship is open to law students who will have completed their first semester of law school before the internship commences. Interns should possess the following:
- Excellent research, writing and communication skills.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, and conducting internet research.
- The initiative to see projects through to completion.
- Interest in the abolition of the death penalty.
- A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights and social justice.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter, describing your interest in capital punishment reform and civil liberties, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during law school; a resume; a short writing sample (no more than 10 pages in length); and a list of three references to hrjobsCPP@aclu.org. Reference [CPP Spring 2018 Legal Internship] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to Capital Punishment Project postings. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address.
Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this internship opportunity. Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible, as decisions are made on a rolling basis.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
This posting provides a general but not comprehensive list of the opportunities of the internship. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the posting at any time without advance notice.
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