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.
LDF uses litigation, public-policy advocacy, organizing and public-education programs to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair criminal justice system.
LDF is currently accepting applications from law students for semester-long internships for the fall and spring semesters in the New York and Washington DC Offices. 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.
Internships are unpaid and limited in number. Students may seek outside funding and/or course credit. Although LDF prefers to hire second or third-year law students, we will consider exceptional first-year law students.
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 legal intern positions on a rolling basis; however, we encourage applicants to apply now to the following email:
Please indicate whether you are applying for a
New York or 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, we rely on assistance from law students through our internship program 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.