Summer 2020 Legal Internship

Solicitation for Applicants Summer 2020 Legal Interns


Civil Rights Corps, an innovative non-profit civil rights organization, invites applications from current law students to join our Washington, DC-based team for the summer of 2020. Civil Rights Corps is dedicated to challenging systemic injustice in the American legal system. We work with individuals accused and convicted of crimes, their families and communities, people currently or formerly incarcerated, activists, organizers, judges, and government officials to challenge mass human caging and to create a legal system that promotes equality and human freedom. Civil Rights Corps engages in advocacy and public education and specializes in innovative, systemic civil rights litigation with the goal of resensitizing the legal system and our culture to the injustice and brutality that characterize the contemporary American criminal system. Our ongoing litigation includes challenges to money bail, abusive private probation practices, debtor’s prisons, and driver’s license revocation. Details about our cases can be found at

Summer interns will have a unique opportunity to work on cutting-edge civil rights cases in a fast-paced environment. Interns will work closely with Civil Rights Corps staff to investigate and challenge systemic injustice in the criminal legal system. Interns will participate in a wide variety of tasks depending on the organization’s needs and the intern’s interests, including, for example, drafting briefs, conducting legal research, reviewing documents, drafting letters, preparing legal memoranda, and interviewing clients and witnesses. Our ideal candidate will have an unflagging commitment to our mission, a sense of urgency about the need to disrupt a criminal system that devastates lives every day, and strong research, writing, and communication skills.

Our summer internship program offers an opportunity to work closely with attorneys, along with organized sessions dedicated to cultivating interns’ legal writing and advocacy skills and deepening their understanding of legal career paths, among other discussion topics driven in part by intern interest. In the past, we have invited judges, reporters, attorneys, activists, and others whose work intersects with ours for our lunch speaker series.

Civil Rights Corps will provide compensation for interns who will not be receiving academic credit.

Applications for Summer 2020 placement will be reviewed as they are received. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Students should submit a resume, cover letter that outlines their interest in Civil Rights Corps, law school transcript, writing sample, and two references to