October 29, 2013 - We are offering unpaid summer intern/externships to interested law school students. A minimum commitment of 35 hours per week for nine weeks is expected.

At the ACLU, law students gain exposure to a broad range of civil liberties and civil rights issues and an opportunity to improve legal writing and research skills. Students work closely with the Legal Director and will conduct legal research, write legal memoranda and draft correspondence to individuals in response to documented complaints of civil liberties and civil rights violations. Students also assist ACLU attorneys in the development of cases for litigation, preparation of cases for trial, and submission of amicus curiae briefs in courts of appeal.

Educational benefits include obtaining hands-on experience in applying constitutional theories and case law to legal problems, and learning how to conduct factual investigation of complaints. Students become familiar with administrative regulations and agency protocols, while developing a practical understanding of constitutional law.

Prerequisites include successful completion of the first year of law school, an interest in civil liberties and civil rights, good interpersonal and analytical skills, and the ability to write in a clear and concise manner.

How to Respond:
Interested students should submit a detailed cover letterspecifically addressing why they would like to work on behalf of the ACLU of Oregon and a current résumé in PDF format to Sarah Armstrong.

Applications for 2014 summer internships are now being accepted. Review of applications will begin November 22nd.

Women, people of color, LGBT people, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.