Jobs: Columbia Legal Services, Northwest Justice Project, Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

Columbia Legal Services: LAUREL RUBIN FARMWORKER JUSTICE Summer 2019 INTERNSHIP (Yakima Office, Paid) and INSTITUTIONS PROJECT INTERNSHIP (Seattle Office, Unpaid)

Columbia Legal Services represents communities facing poverty and oppression, and we use every legal tool available on their behalf. CLS has a special responsibility to serve people whose access to free legal services is restricted, due to institutionalization or immigration status. Through impact litigation, policy reform, and innovative partnerships, our staff works together to further our mission to achieve social and economic justice for all, and to reveal and end actions that harm the communities we serve. We share a deep commitment to serve and advocate alongside our clients as we seek justice together.

Positions Available
Externs and Interns are given the opportunity to participate in systemic advocacy on behalf of low-income people by engaging in legal research and writing, policy advocacy, and community outreach and education. Our internships are full-time and require a 10-12 week commitment. This summer, we will offer three internships:

The Institutions Project is seeking one law student intern or extern to assist with their litigation and policy advocacy. This position is unpaid and is generally self-supported through school credit, work-study, or through fellowships and public interest grants. Strong research and writing skills and interest in the criminal justice system are preferred. Institutions Project priorities include treatment of youth in the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems, conditions of confinement in Washington’s jails and prisons, and legal assistance for people reentering the community following incarceration.

The Laurel Rubin Farm Worker Justice internship is funded at $6,000 (expected—final amount TBD) for the summer, and requires fluency in English and Spanish. Laurel Rubin Interns support litigation and policy efforts to improve wages and work conditions in concert with farmworker groups engaged in self-organizing, and to address systemic civil rights issues for immigrants in farmworker communities. Interns will engage in investigation, legal research and writing and community outreach, primarily to labor camps.

For complete information and to apply here.

Northwest Justice Project: Medical Legal Partnership Law Clerk Summer 2019NJP Logo

Under the supervision of  experienced staff attorneys, law clerks will serve as part of a statewide team of legal services advocates who work cooperatively, with other providers, in bringing high quality representation to indigent individuals and communities. With the Medical Legal Partnership, law clerks will aid three attorneys with legal research, interview and advise clients, and assist in case planning. Law clerks may also help develop self-help materials for pro-se litigants, training materials for staff and clients and work on other special projects depending on the needs of the office.
More information and apply here.


ELAW is a network of public interest environmental lawyers and scientists who use the law to protect the environment and human rights. We provide legal and scientific resources to grassroots advocates in approximately 70 countries. Legal interns assist the Staff Attorneys in responding to requests for assistance. These requests generate both short and long-term projects. Projects may include legal research (US and international law); identifying model statutes and regulations; or evaluating legal doctrines and theories. Interns prepare memoranda to send to overseas advocates and communicate directly with these lawyers. ELAW Staff Attorneys work with interns and oversee all projects.

Successful applicants generally possess excellent research and writing skills and a strong dedication to public interest environmental law. Proficiency in a language or languages other than English is preferred, but not required. ELAW actively seeks applicants from diverse backgrounds.

The internship is full-time on a volunteer basis during the summer of 2019 (approximately 10 weeks). Many students qualify for school credit or obtain public-interest stipends/fellowships.

For further information and to apply here.

Stanford Law School – Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, Fall 2019 Immigrants’ Rights Litigation and Advocacy Fellowship

The Immigrants’ Rights Clinic (IRC) at Stanford Law School invites third-year law students and recent law graduates to apply for a new Immigrants’ Rights Litigation and Advocacy Fellowship. The Fellow will participate in all aspects of the Clinic’s litigation and advocacy docket, including representing immigrants facing removal and cutting-edge work to address recent enforcement practices, but will not participate in the supervision and teaching of law students. The fellowship will be for a two-year fixed-term period, starting in Fall 2019.

For complete job description and to apply here,  Job Number: 80840

Legal Services of New Jersey: Deborah T. Poritz Legal Fellowship Program, 2019 Summer Paid Internship 1L and 2L

Legal Services of New Jersey invites applications from first and second year law students for the Deborah T. Poritz Summer Public Interest Legal Fellowship Program beginning in May 2019. Since inception, 30 years ago, this has been the premier opportunity for students committed to or considering public interest and poverty law to learn about the challenges and rewards involved.

Interested students are encouraged to apply as early as possible, as hiring decisions will be made on a continuing basis.

For more information and to download an application here.

Yakama Nation 2019 Summer Legal Fellowship Program (Paid).

$7,000.00, plus housing (or an additional housing allowance)

12 Weeks – June 2019 to September 2019 (start/end dates negotiable)

2L’s preferred, although 1L’s will be considered; Yakama/Indian preference

Up to three fellowships will be awarded

The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation is a federally recognized, sovereign Native Nation with inherent sovereign and Treaty-reserved rights and interests.  In the Treaty of 1855 (12 Stat. 951), the Yakama Nation reserved the exclusive use and benefit of its 1.4 million acre Reservation located in south central Washington State for its 11,000 enrolled members.  The Yakama People continue to live by their unwritten laws, customs, and traditions as they have done since time immemorial.

Position Description: The Yakama Nation Office of Legal Counsel (“OLC”) is excited to offer the opportunity for students to work alongside our in-house legal team for the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation (“Yakama Nation”).  Our seven staff attorneys provide high quality, cost effective, culturally competent civil legal services to the Yakama Nation Government and its departments and programs at the direction of the Yakama Nation Tribal Council.

OLC’s legal practice is broad in both scope and substance.  We litigate in Yakama, federal, state, and local forums, negotiate contracts, develop laws consistent with Tribal Council’s policy direction, facilitate government-to-government consultations, and provide other general civil legal services.  Our Staff Attorneys assert and defend the Yakama Nation’s inherent sovereign and Treaty-reserved rights and interests related to fish and wildlife, natural resources, cultural resources, healthcare, employment, taxation, economic development, and land use planning, to name a few.

We are looking for candidates with a demonstrated interest in advocating for the sovereign rights and interests of original, free, and independent Nations and Peoples.  Applicants should be comfortable working in a fast paced and collaborative team environment, and have established legal writing and research skills.  Applicants must also be willing and able to work daily from OLC’s offices at the Yakama Agency in Toppenish on the Yakama Reservation.

Application Requirements: Cover letter; resume; law school transcript; 5-7 page writing sample; list of three references. Apply via SCS online

City of Olympia,Contract Public Defender

The City of Olympia is accepting applications for two contract public defenders to represent indigent defendants in the Olympia Municipal Court. Position one is a 280 case credit max position with an opportunity to carry a misdemeanor/gross misdemeanor caseload.  Position two is a 300 case credit max position with primary focus on working as an attorney of the day in community court, appear on the out of custody arraignment calendar, and carry an adjusted misdemeanor/gross misdemeanor caseload.

Applicants must be a member in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association with a minimum of five years criminal defense experience. Experience handling public defense cases is preferred. Contract period for both positions run from January 1st, 2019 through December 31st, 2019, with a possible option to renew.

The flat rate monthly compensation for position one is anticipated to be based on the following scale:  280 case credits/year=$5,786.66/month.

The flat rate monthly compensation for position two is anticipated to be based on the following scale:  300 case credits/year=$6,200/month.

For a complete job description and to apply here. 

Council on American-Islamic Relations, 2019 Law Clerk (Winter/Spring)

Location: Seattle, WA
Deadline: Rolling Basis

Law clerks will gain exposure to a broad range of civil liberties and civil rights issues and the opportunity to improve legal writing and research skills. Students receive a $1750 stipend for the term of the internship. Apply for this position here.

ABA Business Law Section: Business Law Section, Diversity Clerkship Program, $3,000 Stipend

In order to apply for the ABA Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program, sponsored by the Business and Corporate Litigation, Diversity and Inclusion, and Judges Initiative Committees, applicants must meet the following criteria: (1) be currently enrolled as a first or second-year student in good standing at an ABA accredited law school J.D. program; (2) be a minority group member (students of color, women, students with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered students) or have overcome a social or economic disadvantage such as a physical disability, financial constraints, or cultural impediments to becoming a law student; (3) demonstrate financial need; and (4) be a member of the ABA Law Student Division and the Business Law Section.

Law students selected to participate in the program will receive a clerkship with a business court judge in one of several locations, including but not limited to Pennsylvania, Delaware, Michigan, North Carolina, and Illinois, and a stipend of $3,000. All application materials must be received no later than January 7, 2019. Selected clerks will be notified in March 2019.

The application deadline is January 7, 2019. This means that all materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by then. The application consists of six primary parts:

For further information and to apply here.

Out of State Internships

Organization: Fair Elections Center
Position: Spring 2019 Intern
Location: Washington, DC
Deadline: Rolling Basis

Legal Interns will support the work of legal counsel to identify and respond to legal and administrative obstacles to voter participation and election administration. Interested students can learn more and apply here.

Organization: Constitutional Accountability Center
Position: 2019 Summer Intern
Location: Chicago, IL
Deadline: Rolling Basis

The legal interns will be immersed in all aspects of the Center’s substantive legal work and earn a $3,500 stipend for the 10-week internship. Apply for this opportunity here.

Organization: ArchCity Defenders (ACD)
Position: Summer Internship
Location: St. Louis, MO
Deadline: January 15, 2019

Interns will work with attorneys and staff to support ACD’s mission of providing holistic legal advocacy to indigent clients, and expand the reach of the ACD. Students interested in this internship can learn more and apply here.

Organization: Mountain State Justice, Inc.
Position: Legal Internship (Spring/Summer)
Location: Various in WV
Deadline: Not Specified

Legal interns will protect the rights of low-income West-Virginians in their internships. Accepting applications for both spring and summer internships. Students can learn more about these opportunities and apply on

Organization: Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

Position: Summer Internship
Location: Eugene, OR
Deadline: February 22, 2018

Legal Interns assist the staff attorneys in responding to requests for assistance in protecting the environment and human rights. Learn more about this position and apply here.

Organization: Disability Rights NC
Position: Law Student Summer Internship
Location: Raleigh, NC
Deadline: Rolling

Interns will support representation of clients with all types of disabilities. If interested, please submit a resume and a cover letter detailing your interest in disability law to

Organization: Juvenile Law Center
Position: Summer Law and Policy Internship
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Deadline: February 8, 2019

Interns assist attorneys in researching children’s rights issues, writing legal and policy memoranda, and supporting ongoing litigation and legislative initiatives. Learn more and apply for this position here.