Legal Internship: The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth

August 25, 2015


The legal internships at the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth will give law students an opportunity to work on the cutting edge of constitutional and human rights law. The United States is the only country in the world that sentences children to life without the possibility of parole and is one of only three countries that has failed to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which expressly forbids this practice. There are more than 2,500 individuals currently serving life without parole sentences that they received as juveniles. The goal of the campaign is to support litigation and legislative strategies to abolish life-without-parole sentences for juveniles in the United States and ensure that all children have a meaningful opportunity to obtain release once they have been rehabilitated.

Legal Advocacy Intern

The legal advocacy intern’s work may include researching and writing legal memos analyzing potential priority states for the future legislative sessions, aiding in the drafting of state level legislation, anticipating and researching implementation challenges of proposed legislation, and exploring potential partnerships with state-based community groups.  During the legislative session, this work will be dynamic based on the advocacy team’s needs.

Litigation Intern

The litigation intern will help support CFSY by drafting legal memos for the litigation team, including analysis of state laws relating to extreme sentences for youth, parole and review eligibility for youth, and mitigating sentencing factors for courts to consider once a juvenile has been tried and convicted in adult court. The work of the litigation intern will be integral toward our broader strategy of eliminating life without parole as a sentencing option for juveniles.

To apply:

Email a letter of interest, your resume, two references, and a transcript (unofficial is sufficient) to Use “Legal Intern” as the subject of your email, and include your availability and where you saw this posting. Please specify if you are interested in the Legal Advocacy Internship or the Litigation Internship. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Here are general guidelines:

Summer internship (late May/early June through August):  February 1
Fall internship (early September through mid-December):  August 15
Spring internship (mid-January through May):  November 15


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