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Legal Internships

Thank you for thinking of us for a Legal Internship. For summer 2021, we are now accepting applications for virtual internships. The deadline to submit legal intern applications is March 1, 2021.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) seeks highly motivated law students for summer internships. Legal internships are full-time during the summer and are ten weeks. Internships during the rest of the year are part-time and run the length of the student’s school semester, trimester or quarter.


The ACLU-NJ is one of the largest ACLU affiliates in the country and the premier civil rights and liberties advocacy organization in New Jersey. At the ACLU-NJ, law students have the opportunity to contribute to a broad range of cutting-edge civil rights and liberties work. Please click here to see a list of the issues on which the ACLU-NJ is currently working.

Students work closely with the legal and policy staff to conduct legal research, write legal memoranda, draft correspondence to government agencies, learn legislative advocacy techniques, and analyze pending state and local legislative proposals that impact civil rights and liberties in New Jersey. Students also have the opportunity to attend oral arguments in major civil rights cases in state and federal court, and participate in advocacy events involving state and federal elected officials on civil rights and liberties matters.

Students gain hands-on experience in applying constitutional theories and case law to legal problems, learning how to conduct factual investigation of complaints, and becoming familiar with administrative regulations and agency protocols. Students will also develop experience in non-litigation advocacy, including legislative and organizing work.

The ACLU-NJ is committed to working with law students to secure academic credit and/or school or outside funding for those who spend the full summer with us. For those who cannot secure credit and/or funding, we are working on providing at least partial stipends for transit and other expenses but cannot guarantee those funds at this time. However, the ACLU-NJ will not consider a student’s funding in reviewing applications and making offers.


Prerequisites include: academic standing as a 1L, 2L, 2L part-time or 3L part-time law student, a commitment to civil liberties and civil rights, good interpersonal and analytical skills, the ability to write in a clear and concise manner, and a commitment to racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit an Internship Application Form. All applicants are also required to submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample of 8 to 12 pages double-spaced. If an unofficial transcript is available, please upload it to the online application. For 1Ls who do not yet have a writing sample, please upload another piece of writing (e.g., from a college course) as well as separate documents explaining in one or two sentences when you expect to have a legal writing sample available (e.g., at the end of the fall semester). If the candidate is selected for an interview, references and unofficial transcripts may be requested at that time.

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