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.
Spring Semester (typically for an internship from January to May): November 15th (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. All candidates local and remote are encouraged to apply. Local candidates may be able to come into the office for part of week, subject to public health guidance.
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. Internships are generally unpaid; therefore arrangements should be made with the student's law school for course credit or 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. Unfortunately, EFF is not accredited to sponsor J visas.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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