Americans United for Separation of Church and State — the nation’s leading church-state advocacy organization — is seeking first-year, second-year, and third-year law students to work as interns in our legal department in Washington, D.C. Full-time positions are available during the summer; both part-time and full-time positions are available during the fall and spring.
Americans United has a diverse litigation and amicus curiae practice addressing a wide variety of church-state issues. We challenge religious activities in the public schools, public financing of religious institutions, and government-sponsored prayers and religious displays. We defend women’s, LGBT, and other civil rights against religion-based discrimination and deprivation. Most of our cases involve novel, cutting-edge First Amendment and other constitutional issues.
The duties of legal interns include assisting with ongoing litigation by conducting legal and factual research and writing; drafting demand letters to resolve constitutional violations without filing suit; and analyzing potential new cases. Legal interns may also draft pleadings, briefs, or discovery.
Eligibility and Requirements: Applicants must have an interest in First Amendment litigation and strong research, writing, and analytical skills.
Compensation: Legal internships ordinarily are unpaid, but interns are usually able to obtain funding through their law schools.
How To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, law-school transcript, writing sample, and the names of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. No faxes or telephone calls please.
Deadlines: Positions will remain open until filled. Applicants for Summer 2015 positions are encouraged to apply by January 15, 2015. Applicants for positions during the fall are encouraged to apply by September 1, 2014; applicants for positions during the spring are encouraged to apply by December 15, 2014.
For more information about Americans United’s legal program, please visit our website at www.au.org.