The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi is the leading state organization dedicated to the principles of liberty and equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution. The ACLU OF Mississippi works on a broad range of civil rights issues, including but not limited to free speech, election protection, drug law reform, reproductive rights, prisoners' rights, immigrant rights, the rights of the homeless, juvenile justice, police accountability, criminal justice reform, and LGBT rights.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi seeks highly motivated law students for unpaid semester and summer internships. Legal internships are full-time during the summer and last a minimum of ten weeks and during the rest of the year are part time and run the length of the students' school semester or quarter. Students are highly encouraged to seek alternate funding, as this internship is unpaid. Arrangements can also be made with the student’s law school for work/study stipends.
At the ACLU of Mississippi, law students gain exposure to a broad range of civil liberties and civil rights issues. 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.
Roles and Responsibilities:
Working closely with the Director, interns will assist in all aspects of the legal department’s work, including litigation, policy research and public education. The daily work will include:
- Conducting legal research and factual investigation
- Drafting correspondence to government agencies in response to documented civil liberties and civil rights violations
- Drafting memoranda, affidavits, discovery materials and briefs
- Providing assistance to, private attorneys, governmental entities, and others who seek the ACLU’s assistance; screening potential cases
- Researching or drafting materials for public education
- Know Your Rights presentations
- Other projects as assigned
Experience and Qualifications:
ALL Current law students are encouraged to apply.
Applicants must possess:
- A demonstrated commitment to civil rights, and civil liberties
- Initiative and determination to see projects through to completion
- Excellent legal research, writing, analytical and communication skills – both written and verbal
- Ability to work with a wide range of people
How to Apply:
Applicants should e-mail a cover letter, résumé, and a legal writing sample (no more than 15 pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading – Legal Internship OR send via mail to:
ACLU OF MISSISSIPPI
P.O. Box 2242
Jackson, MS 39225
Applications will be accepted and positions filled on a rolling basis. Applicants selected for an interview will be required to submit an unofficial transcript and three references.
The ACLU of Mississippi is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBT community to apply.