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Economic Justice Fall/Spring Legal Internship and Pro Bono Scholars Program  

The National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ) seeks enthusiastic, motivated law student interns with a commitment to racial and social justice and excellent writing, legal research and communication skills, including law students participating in New York State’s Pro Bono Scholars Program. 

NCLEJ advances the cause of racial and economic justice for low-income families, individuals, and communities across the country, using ground-breaking impact litigation, policy advocacy, and support for grassroots organizing. NCLEJ works to build systems that provide economic security and full participation in society to all. Our current advocacy is focused on 1) preserving and maintaining access to government benefits; 2) protecting and securing the rights of lower wage workers; 3) combatting abusive debt collection and wealth extraction; and 4) advocating for disability justice. 

Internship Description:  Students will work with staff attorneys to support ongoing impact litigation and class actions, 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 issues relating to federal court litigation; and collaborations with grassroots and community-based organizations. 

NCLEJ staff are working a hybrid remote/in person model currently. Interns will be permitted to be fully remote during the Fall of 2022 or Spring of 2023, and also have the option of working in our office according to our COVID-19 protocols. 

Qualifications: Candidate must be a student at an accredited school of law. Excellent writing and research skills are essential. Students must have experience and/or a demonstrated commitment to social justice. NCLEJ supports students seeking academic credit or funding from their school or outside sources. 

Applicants must be available at minimum 10 hours per week for 12 weeks for term time internships, or be able to complete the requirements of New York State’s Pro Bono Scholars program. 

NCLEJ is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, and people from other historically disenfranchised communities to apply. NCLEJ does not discriminate because of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital or parental status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. 

NCLEJ makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified individuals, including individuals with disabilities, with full opportunities for internships in all positions.  

How to apply:  Send a cover letter, resume, list of references, and short writing sample to Due to the high volume of applications, we are not able to respond to every email. We will contact you if we wish to schedule an interview. 

NCLEJ is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying, please contact Leah Lotto at 212-633-6967 or If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.