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|Job Title:||Fall 2012 Legal Internship|
|Organization:||American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU)|
|Description:||Fall 2012 LEGAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
NOTICE TO SECOND AND THIRD YEAR LAW STUDENTS
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION
Immigrants' Rights Project
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 seeks legal interns for the fall 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.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
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.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants should send a cover letter, a resume, the names and telephone numbers of three references, an official or unofficial transcript, and a legal writing sample (preferably 10 pages or fewer in length) to the office in which you wish to intern by email to hrjobsIRP@aclu.org. Please reference (IRP - CA Fall 2012 Legal Internship) in the subject line. Applicants may also send their applications by mail to the address of the office in which they would like to work. If you would like to apply to both offices, please apply separately to each office and indicate that you have done so in your cover letter.
Legal Internship Selection Committee
ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project
39 Drumm Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Or email: hrjobsIRP@aclu.org
(Subject line: IRP-CA Fall 2012 Legal Internship)
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.
This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the job description and or posting at any time without advance notice.
The ACLU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.
The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name "ACLU."