Summer 2017 Legal Internships at CLSJ

The Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College, CUNY (CLSJ) is a 30 year old racial justice legal center that provides quality advocacy, training, and expert services in a personal manner to African descendant communities and the disenfranchised. CLSJ seeks to accomplish its mission by conducting research, and initiating advocacy projects and litigation on behalf of community organizations and groups that promote human, national, and international understanding.

CLSJ sponsors advocacy projects and litigation in areas as diverse as housing and employment discrimination, police and racial violence, public education, voting rights, and United States human rights violations. Because of its unique combination of research, public policy advocacy and litigation from a community-based perspective, CLSJ is a focal point for progressive activity.

We seek law students or LLM students to work alongside staff in our Brooklyn, New York office on CLSJ policy, advocacy, research, and litigation initiatives. Activities may include policy and legal analysis; legislative drafting at state and local levels; administrative and legislative advocacy; public education and scholarship; and litigation. CLSJ summer interns are integral to all aspects of our work, including programmatic and strategic planning. We strive to offer an intellectually stimulating and exciting summer internship experience. Summer internships are processed in six week increments and interns can work for up to two (2) six week sessions per summer. CLSJ Legal Internships are unpaid positions, however CLSJ will work with applicants and their law schools to secure academic credit or public interest, grant or foundation funding.

Qualifications: Excellent legal research, analysis, and writing skills; awareness of the ways that critical race theory and intersectionalities impact the practical application of the law in African descendant communities, versatility and a passion for racial justice issues.

How to Apply: Interested students should prepare a single PDF or Microsoft Word document containing each of the following:

1) a cover letter explaining why the applicant believes s/he is a good fit for CLSJ; 2) a current resume; 3) a current law school transcript; 4) a legal writing sample; and 6) contact information for three references.

The applicant submission file must be emailed to: CenLSJ@mec.cuny.edu with “Summer Legal Internship” in the subject line.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage interested students to apply early, as the positions will be filled once qualified candidates are found.

The Center for Law and Social Justice is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. CLSJ is strongly committed to diversity and welcomes applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations, gender identity and expression, including people who have been previously incarcerated.