ACLU-WA Summer Legal Internships

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is pleased to offer full-time summer legal internships to interested law school students for the summer of 2018.   

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 can work in either the litigation department, or in the policy advocacy group. Students will work closely with staff attorneys on active litigation, case development, advocacy with community groups and government entities, and legal research.

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.

Prerequisites include academic standing as a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year law student during the duration of the 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. If interested in the litigation department, email If interested in the policy advocacy group, email The subject line of your email should include your name and “Summer Intern”.  
Because positions are filled on a rolling basis, we encourage interested students to apply early.

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

A limited amount of funding is available. If you desire funding, please submit a paragraph in a separate document with your name on it. Indicate why you need funding and be sure to include whether you have or are eligible for any other funding source(s).