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"The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is simply the best civil rights law firm in American history." -- President Obama

Fellowships and Internships

  • 2016 Law Students Spring Internships: New York Office

    October 22, 2015

    The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF)* is the nation’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization.   Since its founding under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall in 1940, LDF has been committed to transforming this nation’s promise of racial equity and justice into reality for all Americans.

  • 2016 Law Students Summer Internships: Washington DC Office

    September 14, 2015

    The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF)* is currently accepting law student internship applications for Summer 2016.  Summer interns will be responsible for legal and policy research, legal writing, policy analysis, monitoring federal legislation and administrative activity, factual investigation, development of educational and outreach material, discovery review, and/or other needs that may arise during the summer.  Intern assignments depend on the needs of LDF’s legal and policy staff during the summer months. Summer interns will be exposed to a variety of activity within the largest national civil rights coalition, including a series of brown bag luncheons featuring prominent civil rights and public interest attorneys, attended by interns from numerous non-profit legal organizations. Internships are unpaid and limited in number.

  • 2016 Law Students Summer Internships: New York Office

    September 10, 2015

    The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF)* is currently accepting applications from law students for 2016 summer internships in the New York Office. Summer legal interns will be responsible for legal research, memorandum writing, factual investigation, development of educational and outreach materials, discovery review, and a host of other needs that arise in LDF’s litigation and advocacy efforts in the areas of Education, Political Participation, Economic Justice and Criminal Justice. Summer interns in the New York Office also will take part in weekly brown bag luncheons featuring prominent civil rights and public interest attorneys, participate in regular group discussions of LDF’s work, and attend social events which provide opportunities for interaction with LDF attorneys and fellow interns in a relaxed setting.