January 2, 2015
SUMMER 2015 LEGAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire
For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, ending mass incarceration, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability or national origin.
The ACLU of New Hampshire is the state affiliate of the ACLU and has been in existence for nearly 40 years. With 3,500 members, the ACLU of New Hampshire is dedicated to defending civil liberties in New Hampshire and promoting the fundamental rights embedded within the U.S. and New Hampshire Constitutions.
The internship offers the opportunity to work on all aspects of litigation and advocacy. The internship typically requires a full time, 10-week commitment. The start date is negotiable.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Legal interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the staff attorney and executive director of the ACLU of New Hampshire. Interns will gain experience by:
- Assisting in the collection and review of documents received pursuant to government records requests.
- Conducting factual and legal research related to ongoing litigation.
- Researching prospects for new litigation, including both factual and legal claims.
- Assistance in drafting of pleadings, briefs and other litigation documents.
- Researching and drafting materials for public education, including “know your rights” documents.
- Researching issues related to legislative advocacy and developing testimony to be presented to the legislature.
- Updating the ACLU-NH website with content.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
The legal internship is open to all law students who will have completed their first year of law school before the internship commences. Desired qualifications include:
- Excellent research, writing, analytical and communication skills.
- The initiative to see projects through to completion.
- The ability to work with a wide range of people.
- Familiarity with civil rights and civil liberties issues. Commitment to these issues is essential.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants should send the following: a cover letter describing their interest in the ACLU of New Hampshire and civil liberties, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during law school; a resume; the names and telephone numbers of at least two references; and a legal writing sample to Gilles Bissonnette at Gilles@aclu-nh.org.
Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible, as decisions are made on a rolling basis.
This posting provides a general but not comprehensive list of the opportunities of the internship. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU of New Hampshire reserves the right to change the posting at any time without advance notice.
The ACLU of New Hampshire is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.
We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: Gilles@aclu-nh.org. Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.