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Legal Internships

Legal Internships

We generally accept second and third year law student interns each semester and during the summer and winter terms to work at our offices in San Francisco.  Exceptional first year law students may be considered for the summer term. These positions are unpaid.


The deadline for submissions for Summer 2016 is January 4, 2016.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. For more details, click here.

Applications for the winter term are filled on a rolling and as-needed basis.

How to Apply

To apply for an internship please email us a cover letter, resume, and transcript.  Please state your name and the term for which you are applying in the subject line.

Please identify in your cover letter:

  1. The term for which you are applying;
  2. Any relevant coursework (especially evidence, advanced civil procedure, federal courts, trial advocacy, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, human rights law, public international or comparative law, and immigration law), and your professor(s) for any human rights law, humanitarian law, or related international law courses;

  3. Any language abilities, especially Spanish, French, Somali, Khmai, Arabic, Farsi, Haitian Creole, Swahili or any southeast Asian languages.
  4. Any deadlines you need to meet to secure funding for your internship.

We are particularly interested in students with some familiarity with human rights law and evidence. The work that you do will depend greatly on our case needs at the time of your internship, but you can expect that much of the work will involve legal research and writing. Please be aware that much of our work is litigation-related, and that a majority of research assignments may relate more to evidence, procedure and domestic law than to matters of international or human rights law.