Fall 2012 Civil Rights Legal Internship Openings

July 31, 2012

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, a non-profit law firm, is seeking talented law students who are committed to social justice and interested in learning about civil rights litigation for internship for Fall 2012.

Job Description: The Committee’s Equal Employment Opportunity, D.C.

Prisoners’ Rights, Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, and Fair Housing Project are each in need of at least one intern.  The EEO Project investigates complaints of employment discrimination and through litigation of such complaints, works to enforce federal and state anti-discrimination laws.  The D.C. Prisoners’ Rights Project advocates and litigates for the humane treatment of incarcerated D.C. citizens, assists their family members with prison-related issues, and promotes progressive criminal justice reform.  The Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project seeks to enforce the rights of immigrants who are the victims of discrimination in housing and employment matters or who were denied access to government services based on race, national origin or other bases prohibited under federal and local laws.  The IRR Project also represents immigrant workers who are victims of wage abuse. The Fair Housing Project challenges housing discrimination based on race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, source of income, and familial status, and attacks discriminatory mortgage lending and homeowners’ insurance practices.

Legal interns for the Committee have an opportunity to obtain hands-on experience with both the investigation and litigation of civil rights matters.  Investigation activities include interviewing complainants and witnesses, reviewing documents, and preparing memoranda summarizing facts and analyzing the merits of complaints under relevant civil rights laws. Litigation activities include conducting legal research, drafting legal memoranda and pleadings and assisting in preparation for legal proceedings.  Interns will receive extensive training in civil rights law and regular supervision and feedback.

Qualifications:  Interns should have a demonstrated commitment to public interest work and strong written, communication and organizational skills.  Proficiency in Spanish and/or French is a plus.  Completed course work in Constitutional Law and/or a civil rights subject matter is preferred but is not a prerequisite. Preference is for students with 12 or more hours available per week as this provides a better experience for the intern.

Salary:  The internship is unpaid; however, the Committee is committed to working with the students who apply for outside funding or school credit, and we encourage accepted applicants to seek out such opportunities.

Application Instructions:  Hiring will be conducted on a rolling basis, so please apply as soon as possible.  To submit an application, please send via email: (1) a cover letter indicating the Project(s) to which you wish to apply; (2) your resume; (3) an unofficial transcript; and (4) a writing sample of ten pages or fewer to: internships@washlaw.org <mailto:internships@washlaw.org> .  Subject line: Internship application of (your name).

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