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The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is one of the nation’s leading national racial justice legal organizations. Formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy, the Lawyers’ Committee uses legal advocacy to achieve racial justice, fighting inside and outside the courts to ensure that Black people and other people of color have the voice, opportunity, and power to make the promises of our democracy real.

If you are a talented professional who wants to use your skills and hard work to further the cause of civil rights and civil justice, please consider applying for a career at the Lawyers’ Committee.

The Lawyers’ Committee does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, personal appearance, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, or any other status protected under law.

We strongly encourage candidates of color and candidates from underrepresented communities to apply. Positions will remain open until filled, and applications will be reviewed as received. Salary and benefits are competitive for a nonprofit legal organization.

Job Openings With Our Affiliates
Impact Litigation Fellow (Mississippi Center for Justice)

Deputy Director of Litigation (Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs)

Public Interest Law Center Legal Director

Fellowship Opportunities

LAWYERS’ COMMITTEE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS

Our fellows become involved with substantive legal activities, which involve co-counseled litigation with prominent law firms, including client contact, case investigation, discovery, negotiations, amicus briefs, appeals, and trial practice. Non-litigation activities include legal services to community development groups, legislative and public policy advocacy, and public education on important civil rights matters. Please read below for deadlines and additional information and contact [email protected] with any questions.

A description of some of our current and recent fellows’ experiences at the Lawyers’ Committee and beyond is available here.

The Lawyers’ Committee does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, personal appearance, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, or any other status protected under law.

Applicants are welcome to apply concurrently for one or more fellowship opportunities at the Lawyers’ Committee.

Openings: 

2023-2024 George N. Lindsay Civil Rights Fellowship
Sponsorship for 2023-2025 Externally-Funded Legal Fellowships

First Generation Civil Rights Fellowship
www.FirstGENFellows.org

Overview:

The First Generation Civil Rights Fellowship Program, or FirstGEN, is a paid summer program for undergraduate students who are the first in their immediate families to attend college and who intend to pursue careers in social justice. Our mission is to identify and support first generation college students as they emerge into tomorrow’s leaders. Fellows receive hands-on experience advocating for civil rights, participate in training and professional development seminars, and join a growing community of emerging leaders in the FirstGEN Alumni Network.

For more information, visit www.firstgenfellows.org

Employee Benefits Overview

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Employee Benefits Overview

Employees are the crucial system underpinning the Lawyers’ Committee’s ability to grow and thrive.  Therefore, offering competitive benefits is extremely important to achieving our goals and objectives.  It is important because it shows that the organization is invested in your overall health and your future.

The Lawyers’ Committee offers a competitive benefits package with our employees’ needs in mind.  Our benefits include:

  • 96% Employer Paid Medical Insurance (HMO)
  • 96% Employer Paid Dental Insurance
  • 100% Voluntary Vision Insurance
  • 100% Employer Paid Group Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance Options
  • Voluntary Short-Term Disability
  • Voluntary Long-Term Disability
  • Employee Funded 403(b) Retirement Plan with Employer Match Contributions
  • Employee Funded Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account Plans
  • Pre-Tax Commuter and Parking Benefits w/ Employer Paid Monthly Stipend
  • Employer Paid Monthly Cell Phone Stipend
  • Ability Assist Counsel Services (Employee Assistance Program)
  • Identity Theft Full Remediation Services
  • On-Call 24-Hour Travel Assistance Services
  • Fifteen (15) to Twenty-Five (25) Days of Annual Leave Based on Length of Employment
  • Twelve (12) days of Sick Leave without limitation from year-to-year
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Paid Family Leave
  • Paid Medical Leave
  • Twelve (12) Paid Holidays
  • Self-Care Days
  • Monthly Telework Option For Eligible/Approved Employees
  • On-Site Nursing Room
  • Employee Dining/Lounge Area Used for Dining, Rest, and Group Activity
  • Multiple Communal Spaces Throughout Office for Convening
  • Adjustable Elevated Desks in Most Offices
  • Rooftop Terrace
  • Spa-Inspired On-Site, Full-Service Fitness Center and Shower (No Fee)
  • Committee Dedicated to Promoting Professional Development Opportunities
  • Committee Dedicated to Improve the Core Benefits Offered at the Lawyers’ Committee, and to Advocate for Comprehensive Benefits which Meet the Needs of a Diverse Workforce
  • Annual Staff Retreat
  • Monthly Team Building Activities (Yacht Ride, Monthly Birthday Celebration, Sip & Paint, Holiday Events, Vision Boarding, etc.)
  • Full-Staff and Special Training Programs (Media Training, LGBTQ, Implicit Bias, Leadership, etc.)

 

Please note that this Benefits Overview is provided for informational purposes only and is not a guarantee of benefits or employment with the Lawyers’ Committee.  The Lawyers’ Committee reserves the right to amend or terminate any employee benefit program at any time.

Volunteer Internship Program

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights hosts Legal/Graduate Volunteer Interns and Undergraduate/Recent Graduate Volunteer Interns. The Lawyers’ Committee is unable to pay any portion of the applicant’s salary or provide assistance with securing housing during the internship period. However, we are happy to work with students so that they may receive academic credit or outside funding for their work. Students who complete this internship will gain invaluable experience in the field of civil rights and exposure to the exciting work of a non-profit legal organization.

Summer interns are expected to work 30 hours a week for 10 weeks during the summer. Starting in the summer of 2022, summer interns (both legal and undergraduate/recent graduate) will have the opportunity to receive a stipend to support their participation in the program.

Fall and spring interns with a full course load must work a minimum of 10 to 15 hours a week during the fall and spring semesters, and 20 hours without a full course load.  Students should be able to commute to the Committee’s downtown office for at least two days a week during the academic year. Full-time interns are also accepted. Fall and spring interns typically attend colleges and universities in or around the metropolitan District of Columbia region, although the Lawyers’ Committee is also happy to host students participating in externship or academic exchange programs.

The Lawyers’ Committee does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, personal appearance, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, or any other status protected under law.

We strongly encourage applications from candidates of color and candidates from underrepresented communities. Positions will remain open until filled, and applications will be reviewed as received.

Note: We are unable to accept phone calls due to a high number of application submissions. Please email your questions about our internship program or to check on the status of your application to [email protected]. We will notify applicants whom we choose to interview by e-mail.

Legal/Graduate Volunteer Internship Program Undergraduate/Recent Graduate Volunteer Internship
The Lawyers’ Committee hosts interns in the fall, spring and summer semesters, with flexible start dates. Law and graduate students who complete an internship with the Lawyers’ Committee will gain invaluable experience in the field of civil rights and exposure to the exciting work of a non-profit legal organization.

Internship Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants should possess:

  • Strong research and writing abilities, and
  • A demonstrated commitment to civil rights and/or social justice

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has concluded the hiring process for Summer 2020 Legal Internships. We are still accepting applications for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semester internships via the Podio portal below.”

Fall and spring interns with a full course load must work a minimum of 10-15 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters. Full-time (or close to full-time) interns are also accepted. Students should be able to commute to the Committee’s downtown office for at least two days a week during the academic year.

We are unable to pay any portion of the applicant’s salary or provide assistance with securing housing during the internship period. However, we are happy to work with students so that they may receive academic credit or outside funding for their work.

Job Description

Law student interns are assigned to work primarily with one of the following projects or initiatives:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Economic Justice
  • Fair Housing and Community Development
  • Hate Prevention
  • Public Policy
  • Voting Rights

Graduate student interns are typically assigned to work with the Public Policy Project.

Although assignments for each intern vary by project, students are generally asked to draft legal documents, write legal research memoranda, and conduct factual investigations. Legal interns work under the close supervision of experienced civil rights attorneys.

How to Apply

Interested students may submit an application at the following web address: https://podio.com/webforms/17839178/1198910.

For questions about our internship program, please email [email protected].

Available Internship Opportunities
Communications Internship
Law Student/Graduate Student Internship Application
Spring 2022 Undergraduate Internship Program

Undergraduate/Recent Graduate Volunteer Internship Program

Job Description

Each undergraduate student intern is assigned to work primarily, but not exclusively, in one of the following areas: Communications/Development, Educational Opportunities (+ PREP), Economic Justice, Public Policy, Stop Hate, or Voting Rights (+ Election Protection).

  • The Communications and Development Departments‘ internship offers a unique opportunity to engage in all of the Lawyers’ Committee’s civil rights project areas. Interns will work with staff on press releases, op-eds, speeches, scripts and testimony. They will learn how to build media lists and track news coverage using a highly in-demand public relations and marketing software. Interns will gain valuable experience in creating and posting web content and desktop publishing. Interns will also assist with management of donor files, foundation research and the planning of upcoming events.
  • The Educational Opportunities Project strives to guarantee that all students receive equal educational opportunities in public schools and institutions of higher learning by promoting school integration; supporting the mission of the No Child Left Behind Act, and challenging discriminatory discipline and classroom assignment practices as well as school finance inadequacy. The Education Project’s Parental Readiness and Empowerment Program seeks to improve K-12 student performance, retention, and access to equal educational opportunities.  PREP serves low-income and minority children in targeted communities (currently San Diego, CA and Arlington, VA) by increasing parental engagement in education and ensuring that parents become successful advocates for their children.  PREP is particularly interested in candidates with near or complete Spanish fluency.
  • The Public Policy Department leads and coordinates the organizational policy agenda through the development, analysis and support of all Lawyers’ Committee projects by providing policy leadership, advocacy, visibility and materials for the Hill and in coalitions on substantive priorities as they arise on the legislative calendar. Public Policy interns engage in research and writing, producing issue briefs and policy statements. They attend and report on coalition meetings, as well as briefings and hearings taking place on the Hill, and may prepare testimony and talking points for Lawyers’ Committee staff members.  Interns are likely to work on a wide range of issues related to any of our substantive projects, such as Voting, Education, and Fair Housing, as well as perform duties related to Public Policy core initiatives, such as the Judicial Diversity Program and Criminal Justice reform efforts.  Interns placed in this project should expect a collegial but fast paced and demanding work environment.
  • The Voting Rights Project strives to achieve equality and protect advances in voting rights for racial and ethnic minorities and other traditionally disenfranchised groups through an integrated program of litigation, voter protection, research, advocacy, and education.  The project is currently active in battles to defend the Voting Rights Act, combat voter ID laws and voter suppression activities, and ensure that eligible voters are able to cast a meaningful ballot on Election Day. The Voting Rights Project leads the Election Protection Coalition, which administers the 1-866-OUR-VOTE voter assistance hotline, analyzes data on existing electoral problems, and supports positive election reforms and advocacy efforts to ensure that all eligible citizens have the right to vote.
  • The Economic Justice Project seeks to address persisting inequality and high poverty rates faced by African American and other minority communities.  EJP brings challenges to all forms of racial, national origin, and sex-based discrimination in the workplace, both private and public, including discrimination by federal, state, and local agencies. EJP also brings litigation seeking to lift the employment barriers faced by individuals with criminal histories who are seeking to reintegrate into their communities.
  • The Stop Hate Project works to strengthen the capacity of community leaders, law enforcement, and organizations around the country to combat hate by connecting these groups with established legal and social services resources. Hate incidents across the United States are surging, devastating individuals and entire communities. To help combat this trend and support those organizations, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law launched the Stop Hate Project in March 2017. Individuals and organizations that call the hotline receive resources they need as we leverage our national network of pro bono attorneys, connect callers and individuals targeted by hate to community organizations, mental health services, and in appropriate cases, provide access to counsel. Interns will gain knowledge about hates crimes and incidents and the laws and policies that are already in place to combat them and the community resources that are available, along with hands-on legal research experience.
  • The Social Science intern will gather, clean, document, and verify election results and election geographies for compilation in a GIS database. The data will be used by the Lawyers’ Committee and its partners to create and evaluate redistricting proposals with the aim of protecting the voting rights of communities of color. Tasks may include any of the following: collect county level election results and geographic boundary data (precincts, districts) in a number of targeted regions across the US, check data for accuracy and edit as necessary, manipulate data in a variety of formats, which may include delimited, Excel, XML, JSON; shapefiles, KML, geoJSON, etc., digitize print maps, write processing routines to automate steps where possible, including data conversion, API access, geoprocessing, etc., document data sources, processing steps, errors, and missing data, and analyze the level of racially polarized voting in elections using the Ecological Inference method.

Although assignments for each intern vary, most students are asked to draft documents, track news, and policy changes, write legal research memoranda, conduct factual investigations, participate in conference calls, and complete some administrative work.

Qualifications

The Lawyers’ Committee welcomes applications from current undergraduate students and recent graduates interested in civil rights to work as interns during the fall semester, spring semester, or over their summer breaks.  At a minimum, all applicants must possess:

  • Strong research, writing, and communications abilities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to civil rights and/or social justice.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word).

For Communications interns:

  • Skills and experience with social media, web-based multimedia or Adobe Creative Suite are strongly encourage.

How to Apply

The deadline for summer 2022 undergraduate/recent graduate internship applications has been extended from March 1 to Sunday, March 13 at 11:59pm EST. To apply for an Undergraduate/Recent Graduate Volunteer Internship, please fill out the application form and submit a resume and a cover letter with expected start and end date at https://podio.com/webforms/27019139/2086052*If the form does not immediately open and you get an error message, please try refreshing/reloading (not re-opening) the opened link a few times.

Students on a quarterly schedule should put the semester closest to their internship dates on the application form in addition to their specific start and end dates.

For questions about our internship program, please email [email protected]. We do not accept application materials that are sent to this email. Please submit all application materials through the link above.

Decisions will be made on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged. 

Contact Information

[email protected]
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
1500 K Street NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005