The ACLU of Massachusetts invites applications from 1st and 2nd year law students for summer law student internships. Our office works on issues such as freedom of speech, assembly, and religion, police misconduct, immigrant rights, racial justice, reproductive freedom, privacy, surveillance and technology, juvenile justice, student rights, women’s and LGBTQ rights, and due process.

Internship Description

Legal interns at the ACLU perform the wide range of tasks required by litigation and other legal advocacy, including complaint investigation, legal research and memo writing, drafting of complaints, affidavits, and discovery requests; preparation of pretrial motions, trial preparation, drafting of appellate briefs, and preparation for oral argument. Students work closely with the ACLU of Massachusetts legal director and staff attorneys. Law students may also assist our legislative counsel with developing testimony for legislative hearings and other public policy materials.

How to Apply

Those interested in applying should send a cover letter, resume, and a list of references (a writing sample is preferred also) to Please use the subject line "[Term] [Year] Legal Internship – [Your Name]."
Application acceptance periods are as follows:
  • Winter 2019 internship: September 15, 2019–October 30, 2019
  • Spring 2020 internship: November 1, 2019–December 15, 2019
  • Summer 2020 internship: September 15, 2019–December 15, 2019
  • Fall 2020 internship: May 15, 2020–June 30, 2020
  • Winter 2020 internship: September 15, 2020–October 30, 2020
  • Spring 2021 internship: November 1, 2020–December 15, 2020
Note: ACLU of Massachusetts abides by the NALP guidelines; accordingly, we will not initiate contact with, interview, or make offers to first year law students before December 1.

The ACLU of Massachusetts is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages women, people of color, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and formerly incarcerated people to apply.


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