Legal Internship - Fall 2021

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 September to early December): June 30th (Preferred).


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 in PDF format. Please also answer the extra question in the online form. The cover letter you submit should explain why you want to work with EFF and why we should want to work with you, followed by two references. Please be sure to include both your phone number and your email address in your cover letter. Please upload your writing sample in the same document as your cover letter. The writing sample should be 10 pages or less. Note that writing samples on civil liberties and/or intellectual property issues are highly preferred, as are litigation oriented or otherwise persuasive writing samples. (No phone calls please.)


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 legalintern@eff.org.

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