Legal Internships/Externships

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is pleased to offer unpaid internships and externships to interested law school students for the upcoming fall, winter, and spring semesters of the 2017-18 school year. A minimum commitment of 12 hours per week is required during the school year.

At the ACLU-WA, law students gain exposure to a broad range of civil liberties and civil rights issues and the opportunity to improve legal writing and research skills. Students work closely with staff attorneys conducting legal research, writing legal memoranda, and drafting correspondence to government agencies in response to documented complaints of civil liberties and civil rights violations. Students also assist ACLU attorneys in the development of cases for litigation, preparation of cases for trial, and submission of amicus curiae briefs in courts of appeal.

Educational benefits include obtaining hands-on experience in applying constitutional theories and case law to legal problems and learning how to conduct factual investigation of complaints. Students become familiar with administrative regulations and agency protocols, while developing a practical understanding of constitutional law. Academic credit can be arranged.

Prerequisites include academic standing as a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year law student during the duration of the externship/internship time period, an interest in civil liberties and civil rights, good interpersonal and analytical skills, and the ability to write in a clear and concise manner.

How to Respond:

Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and list of references with contact information via email to: The subject line of your email should include your name and the term internship for which you are applying (e.g., winter, spring, summer). Applications may also be sent via U.S. mail to:

Legal Director
ACLU of Washington
901 Fifth Avenue, Suite 630
Seattle, WA, 98164

Because positions are filled on a rolling basis, we encourage interested students to apply early.

Women, people of color, LGTB people, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.