Legal Internships

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) seeks highly motivated law students for unpaid summer internships. Legal internships are full-time during the summer and last a minimum of 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 legislative 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 often also have the opportunity to attend oral arguments in major civil rights cases in state and federal court, and participate in lobbying 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.

Academic credit can be arranged.


Prerequisites include: academic standing as a 1st or 2nd year law student, a passion for civil liberties and civil rights, good interpersonal and analytical skills, and the ability to write in a clear and concise manner.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit an Internship Application Form. During the online application process, all applicants will be required to submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample. If the candidate is selected for an interview, references and unofficial transcripts may be requested at that time.

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