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Winter/Spring 2022 Legal Intern, Capital Punishment Project (Asheville)


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WINTER/SPRING 2022 LEGAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION

Winter/Spring 2022 internships are REMOTE

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT PROJECT, DURHAM NC

The Capital Punishment Project of the National ACLU Legal Department has openings for Legal Internships in Durham, North Carolina (remote). Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the team assisting in aspects of litigation, policy advocacy and communications campaigns.

For 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation's guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it's ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, advancing racial justice, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties and civil rights cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With nearly two million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual's rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, and record of arrest or conviction.

OVERVIEW

The Capital Punishment Project, part of the ACLU's Center for Justice, challenges the unfairness and arbitrariness of capital punishment while working toward the ultimate goal of abolishing the death penalty. The Project engages in public advocacy and strategic litigation, including direct representation of capital defendants. The Project's litigation is conducted throughout the country, with a particular focus on the South.

INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW

Legal interns provide valuable legal and policy research, and legal writing for the Capital Punishment Project.

  • Time Commitment: A Fall or Winter/Spring internship requires a part-time commitment of 10, 15, or 20 hours per week or full-time commitment 35 hours per week.
  • Internship Duration: Part-time internships are a 12-week period and full-time internships are a 10-week period. Winter/spring interns are expected to start January 18 or January 31, 2022.
    • Winter/Spring: January April*
  • We take J-term students, quarter students, and semester students during this time-frame. In your cover letter, please specify the term you are applying for, including start and end dates of your school term. If your university requires working through a time-frame outside of these dates, please note that in your cover letter.
  • Stipend: A stipend is available for those students who do not receive course credit. Students who receive outside funding are eligible for a partial stipend to bring their total funding up to the level of ACLU's stipend amount for that term, if applicable. Arrangements can be made with educational institutions for work/study or course credit. Below is the stipend breakdown by term:
    • Winter/Spring/Fall: Stipends are calculated on number of hours and weeks worked. The hourly rate is $18.57 for undergraduate students or equivalent experience and $21.42 for graduate, law, and PhD students or equivalent experience.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Interns will gain valuable experience by working with the team on a wide variety of issues. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to 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
  • Other projects as assigned
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

The internship is open to law students who will have completed at least one year of law school before the internship commences. Interns should possess the following:

  • Excellent research, writing and communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, and conducting internet research
  • Initiative to see projects through to completion
  • Interest in the abolition of the death penalty
  • A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, and social justice
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and accepted until the position is filled.


This posting provides a general but not comprehensive list of the opportunities of the internship. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the posting at any time without advance notice.

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail ...@aclu.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

Posted Date
10/02/2021

Listing ID
77158457
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