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Economic Justice Summer Internship Program

Seeking Law Student Internship Applicants for Summer 2017

The National Center for Law and Economic Justice, a national law and policy organization, advances the cause of economic justice for low-income families, individuals, and communities. NCLEJ has provided legal representation and advice to low-income individuals and grassroots organizations and legal support for their advocates on economic justice matters since 1965, and is involved in ground-breaking, successful litigation and policy work around the country today. NCLEJ litigated and still enforces Goldberg v. Kelly, 397 U.S. 254 (1970), the landmark Supreme Court case securing the due process right to a hearing before termination of public assistance.

In recent years, NCLEJ has launched projects addressing a wide range of issues addressing economic justice. For example, NCLEJ has projects focused on the provision of Food Stamps, Medicaid, cash assistance, subsidized child care, and other crucial public benefits, including: the unfair treatment of persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency; the enforcement of civil rights and due process protections; and problems associated with privatization; the protection of low wage workers, including those in non-traditional employment; access to health care, including family planning services; and support of low-income organizing.

Internship Description and Qualifications: Students will work with staff attorneys to support ongoing impact litigation, policy analysis, and advocacy. Students have had the opportunity to assist with fact development and research for new litigation; discovery matters in pending litigation; legal and policy research on a variety of public benefits and issues relating to federal court litigation; and collaborations with organizations based in low-income communities.

Excellent writing and research skills are essential. 2Ls preferred. NCLEJ supports students seeking academic credit. INTERNSHIPS ARE UNPAID. NCLEJ also supports students to whom it has offered a position in seeking funding from outside sources, such as Equal Justice America, www.equaljusticeamerica.org.

NCLEJ is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other consideration prohibited by law. Persons who are of color, are former recipients of public assistance, or have grown up in poverty are especially encouraged to apply.

How to apply: Send a cover letter, resume, list of references, and short writing sample to student@nclej.org. We will contact you if we wish to schedule an interview.