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Legal Intern - Fall 2019

Legal – San Francisco, California
Department Legal
Employment Type Internship

Please be respectful of the time of our attorneys and staff. Direct any internship inquiries to hr@eff.org and apply through the link below.

General Intern Information and Requirements

EFF does not have paid internships and ordinarily cannot provide stipends* (except for specific things, like travel to an EFF event you are assisting at, etc.)

EFF is not accredited to sponsor J visas.

There are no administrative, international, or practicing attorney legal internship positions. To qualify as a legal intern, you must be in law school or have just graduated with a U.S. law degree.

Application Period

Fall Semester (typically for an internship from August or Sept through Dec): March 15 - September 1

Applications will be evaluated as they are received. You are encouraged to apply early, as we will be accepting on a rolling basis. Our internship program is based in our San Francisco office; we no longer accept internship applications for our DC office.

Job Description

Legal interns assist in all aspects of litigation, including legal research, factual investigation, and drafting of memoranda and briefs, while also helping with policy research, client counseling, and the development of public education materials. EFF's docket ranges across the technological and legal landscape, from online fair use of copyrighted materials to illegal government spying; take a look at http://www.eff.org/cases/ for details about our work preserving constitutional values in the digital world. School-year internships are generally full-time as well, but we prefer a commitment of 20 hours a week or more during the school year (Spring Semester typically runs from the beginning of January through mid-May and Fall Semester runs mid-August through December).  Internships are available at our office in San Francisco for all legal issues. We do not offer remote internships or internships in Washington DC. Internships are generally unpaid; therefore arrangements should be made with the student's law school for work/study stipends.


U.S. law students of all levels, including LLM students, are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in and enthusiasm for civil liberties or technology-related legal issues, along with excellent research and writing skills and the initiative and energy to see projects to completion in a fast-moving environment. (Being a bit of a geek definitely helps, but isn't required!)


  • Please include a resume, cover letter and writing sample in PDF format.  Please included three references in the space provided.
  • The writing sample should be 10 pages or less. Include the writing sample in the same upload as your cover letter.

The cover letter you submit should explain why you want to work with EFF and why we should want to work with you. Note that writing samples on civil liberties and/or intellectual property issues are highly preferred, as are litigation oriented or otherwise persuasive writing samples. Please be sure to include your phone number, email address and law school in the spaces provided. (No phone calls please.)

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