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|Job Title:||Summer 2013 Legal Internship-Criminal Law Reform Project|
|Organization:||American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)|
|Description:||SUMMER 2013 LEGAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
NOTICE TO LAW STUDENTS
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION
Criminal Law Reform Project, NY
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 Criminal Law ReformProject of the ACLU?s National Office in New York City seeks legal interns for the Summer of 2013.
The Criminal Law Reform Project seeks an end to excessively harsh crime policies that result in mass incarceration and stand in the way of a just and equal society. The Project focuses its work at the front end of the criminal justice system, from an individual?s first contact with law enforcement through to the sentencing phase, with an emphasis on ending drug prohibition, which has failed to achieve public safety while putting unprecedented numbers of people behind bars and eroding constitutional rights. We fulfill our mission by litigating and conducting strategic and precedent-setting advocacy that promotes reform of the criminal justice system and drug laws in particular, reduces the number of people entering the system, and protects the constitutional rights of those in the system.
The Criminal Law Reform Project is offering Legal Interns the opportunity to work on all aspects of litigation. The Summer Legal Internship requires a 10 to 12 week commitment. Because this is an unpaid internship, students are highly encouraged to seek Public Interest Fellowship funds. Arrangements can also be made with the student's law school for work/study stipends or course credit. Interns who do not secure funding may be eligible for a stipend provided by the Project.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the CLRP team. Interns will gain hands on experience in all aspects of litigation, which may include:
Conducting legal and policy research.
Drafting memoranda, affidavits and briefs.
Researching prospects for new litigation, including both factual and legal claims.
Participating in discovery and motion practice.
Assisting in the preparation of expert and percipient witnesses for courtroom testimony.
Assisting with the Project?s non-litigation advocacy work.
Traveling with legal team to assist with the Project?s work.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
This Legal Internship is open to first and second year law students who possess the following:
Excellent research, writing and communication skills.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including internet research.
Proficiency in Westlaw or LexisNexis.
The initiative to see projects through to completion.
A strong interest and commitment to criminal law reform, racial justice issues, civil rights, and civil liberties.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, two references, and a legal writing sample, preferably 10 pages or less in length, by email to hrjobsCLRP@aclu.org reference [CLRP Summer 2013 Legal Internship/FEM] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to Criminal Law Reform Project postings. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials.
Alternatively, applications can be mailed
Law Student Intern Program
RE: Summer 2013 Legal Internship CLRP
American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this internship opportunity.
We strongly encourage applicants to apply by December 15, 2012. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
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.