Law Student Internships

The ACLU of Pennsylvania offers many opportunities for law students to delve into exciting and challenging work.  As an intern, you can expect to do a lot of legal research, drafting memos, and cite checking. Interns may also be asked to perform research regarding the civil liberties implications or impact of proposed or new legislation, to help with factual investigation, including court watching, or to assist with updating public education materials to reflect changes in the law.  Legal interns are taken to court, attend case development meetings, and meet leaders in the public interest community.

ACLU-PA cannot offer compensation to interns, but we are happy to provide documentation of employment so that students may obtain compensation through work study or grant programs or get externship credit.

Term-Time Internships

Current law students who are committed to and enthusiastic about the mission and goals of the ACLU can apply to work with us as term-time interns, working on the full range of our legal docket for a semester.

Term-time internships require a commitment of at least 12 hours a week for a semester. 

To apply, email your resume, law school transcript, legal writing sample, and a letter of interest to volunteer@aclupa.org with "Term-Time Legal Intern Application" in the subject line (very important!).  Please specify which ACLU-PA office you are applying to work in (Philadelphia or Pittsburgh).

Summer Internships

Current law students who are committed to and enthusiastic about the mission and goals of the ACLU can apply to work with us as summer interns, working on the full range of our legal docket for the summer.

Summer internships generally require a full-time commitment for at least 10 weeks during the summer. We will discuss flexible hours for students who have other jobs.

To apply, email a letter explaining your interest in the ACLU, your resume, law school transcript*, and a writing sample (2Ls, please use a sample from your summer rather than a school assignment, if possible) to volunteer@aclupa.org with "Summer Legal Intern Application" in the subject line (very important!).  In the body of the email, please specify which ACLU-PA office you are applying to work in (Philadelphia or Pittsburgh). 

*We begin reviewing applications for summer interns on a rolling basis in December, so 1L applicants should not wait for a final transcript to apply.  


The ACLU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBT community to apply.

 

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