Legal Intern - Fall 2020

Legal · San Francisco, California
Department Legal
Employment Type Internship

Legal Internships


If you are in law school or have just graduated with a U.S. law degree, we encourage you to apply for a legal internship with EFF! We are seeking individuals with 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. 


Application Deadline


Fall Semester (typically for an internship from August/September through November/December): March 15 - September 1.


Applications will be evaluated as they are received. You are encouraged to apply early, as we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. Our internship program is based in our San Francisco 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. For more information about our work preserving constitutional values in the digital world, visit http://www.eff.org/cases/. 


School-year internships range from a minimum of 20 hours per week to full-time, and we prefer interns who can commit to 10-14 weeks. Fall internships typically run from mid-August or September through November or December, and are open to law students both on semester and non-semester schedules. We generally do not offer remote internships; however, due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, we may consider remote internships depending on state and local policies, as well as internal guidance. Internships are generally unpaid; therefore arrangements should be made with the student's law school for course credit or work/study stipends.


Qualifications


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.  Unfortunately, EFF is not accredited to sponsor J visas.


Application


Please include a resume, cover letter, and writing sample (10 pages or less) in PDF format. Please include the writing sample in the same PDF document as your cover letter. Your cover letter should explain why you want to intern at EFF and why you are qualified for the role. Note that writing samples on civil liberties and/or intellectual property issues are preferred, as are litigation oriented or otherwise persuasive writing samples. Please be sure to include both your phone number and your email address in your cover letter. 


Apply through the link below. Application materials are not accepted via email. 


If you have any questions regarding EFF’s legal internship or application process, please email legalinterns@eff.org.

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  • Location
    San Francisco, California
  • Department
    Legal
  • Employment Type
    Internship