The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF)* is currently accepting applications from law students for 2019 summer internships for the New York and Washington D.C. offices. 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 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. 

While we ask that students first seek summer funding from their law school’s public interest programs and other appropriate sources, we encourage interested applicants to apply regardless of whether they are able to obtain such funding. In its discretion, LDF may provide limited funding on the basis of need to those who are unable to secure funding from other sources. Although LDF prefers to hire second-year law students, we will consider exceptional first-year law students. Interns are expected to work for at least ten (10) weeks during the summer, but other arrangements may be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants should send a cover letter, résumé, 5-10 page writing sample, and a list of three references to the address below. LDF will fill summer legal intern positions on a rolling basis; however, we encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible beginning September 2018 to:

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New York or a Washington D.C. office internship in the subject line.


As part of LDF’s long-standing commitment to training the next generation of civil rights attorneys, LDF, through our internship program, relies on assistance from law students to support our litigation and advocacy efforts.  If you plan to pursue a career in racial justice and civil rights law, we want to hear from you.

* Founded in 1940, LDF is the leading law firm fighting for racial justice in America.  LDF has been a separate entity from the NAACP since 1957.