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Legal Interns — SUMMER 2019

Who We Are

Public Rights Project seeks current law students for legal intern placements in Oakland, California for Fall 2018 and Spring and Summer 2019. Our summer internships are full-time; spring and fall placements can be part-time or full-time.

Public Rights Project is a public interest legal nonprofit launched in 2017 to empower state and local governments to protect the rights and freedoms that define us as Americans. We support progressive state and local governments to bring affirmative litigation to enforce civil rights, consumer protection, and environmental laws. Many of these cases are those the federal government may no longer pursue to protect communities from fraud, discrimination, and disenfranchisement. Public Rights Project helps states and cities increase state and local rights enforcement across the country.  

What We Do

We work with state and local prosecutors' offices, including Attorneys General, District Attorneys, and City Attorneys' Offices. We help them identify promising legal theories to enforce their residents' legal rights, and we help them marshal the resources to take action. We also run a fellowship program to embed early-career attorneys (3-5 years out of law school) in government for two years.

What We’re Looking For

An internship with Public Rights Project would be ideal for students interested in cutting-edge impact litigation, public service, and creative strategies to push back against federal encroachment on core civil rights and the rule of law. Interns will have an opportunity to work directly with the Legal Director, President, multiple cities and states across the country, and nonprofit partners. Interns will also have an opportunity to help shape the direction of a nonprofit legal startup and gain valuable experience in organizational and program design.

What You Bring

  • Excellent research and writing skills

  • An interest in public service lawyering and/or nonprofit management

  • Experience working in government and/or on campaigns

  • Experience with clinics and/or plaintiff-side litigation is a plus, but not required

  • Coursework in Fed Courts, Advanced Civil Procedure, and/or Advanced Constitutional Law is a plus, but not required

How to Apply

Interested individuals should send a short email describing their interest and any relevant qualifications from the above to lijia@publicrightsproject.org, along with a resume.

We value diversity and welcome potential interns from all backgrounds. This is an unpaid opportunity, but we will happily work with interns to secure outside funding and/or course credit for their internship.


Interns — FALL 2019

The application for the Summer 2019 Undergraduate Internship is now closed. For the Fall 2019 Undergraduate Internship, stay tuned for updates.