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Law students interested in public interest work in an Appalachian region are encouraged to apply for summer intern positions with the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia Foundation (ACLU-WV).
Law students working at the ACLU-WV will gain valuable experience working under the supervision of the ACLU-WV staff and cooperating attorneys on a wide variety of civil liberties and social justice issues.
Students interning with the ACLU-WV may participate in many aspects of litigation and legal advocacy including legal research, legal writing, interviewing witnesses, and other factual and legal investigation. Interns also participate in meetings of staff and co-counsel discussing case selection and trial strategy.
Students are encouraged to seek grants or fellowships from public interest fellowship funds through their law school or other funders. Arrangements may also be made with the student’s law school for work/study stipends. Some summer students have received law school credit for their work. Unfortunately, the ACLU-WV must rely on students’ ability to obtain their own funding for the internship.
The ACLU-WV prefers students who will have completed two years of law school, have a demonstrated interest in civil rights, civil liberties and social justice, and possess excellent writing, communication and organizational skills. Exceptional first-year students are also encouraged to apply. The ACLU-WV is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.
Applications for summer intern positions are accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed until the internships are filled. Interested applicants for the summer clerk positions are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.
Students interested in spending a summer or a semester with the ACLU-WV should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, list of three references (with email and phone number contact information), and short writing sample (5-10 pages). Applications can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and addressed to Jamie Lynn Crofts, Staff Attorney, with “Law Student Internship” in the subject line. Applications may also be sent by mail to:
Jamie Lynn Crofts, Staff Attorney
Attn: Law Student Internship Application
ACLU of West Virginia Foundation
P.O. Box 3952
Charleston, WV 25339-3952
The ACLU-WV will confirm the receipt of applications by letter or email. No phone calls please. Qualified applicants will be contacted directly by ACLU-WV attorneys for an interview.