Solicitation for Applicants for Spring 2019 Legal Externship
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 spring of 2019. 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 http://www.civilrightscorps.org.
The extern will have a unique opportunity to work on cutting-edge civil rights cases in a fast-paced environment. Externs work closely with Civil Rights Corps staff to investigate and challenge systemic injustice in the criminal legal system. Externs 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.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received and accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Students should submit a resume, cover letter that outlines their interest in Civil Rights Corps, law school transcript, writing sample, and two references to email@example.com.