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Spring 2018 Legal Internship - Liberty & National Security

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan public policy and law institute that focuses on improving the systems of democracy and justice in the United States. Among our core priorities, we fight to protect voting rights, to address the challenge of special interest money in our politics, to end mass incarceration, and to advance Constitutional protections in the fight against terrorism. A singular institution – part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group – the Brennan Center combines scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector.

*Position: Each semester the Brennan Center hosts a law student to work on current and cutting edge legal issues, including national security issues and reforming our criminal justice system. Our research, policy development, and advocacy focus on systemic reform that combats discrimination and inequality and promotes government transparency and civic participation. Interns assist attorneys with scholarship, public education, legislative counseling, and advocacy, with an emphasis on legal research and writing. The Brennan Center’s interns are integral to all aspects of our work, including programmatic and strategic planning.

The Liberty and National Security program works to advance effective national security policies that respect constitutional values and the rule of law. Areas of focus include restoring the proper flow of information between the government and the people by securing increased public access to government information and strengthening privacy protections; ensuring government policies targeting terrorists do so effectively and without religious or ethnic profiling; and securing appropriate mechanisms and institutions for effective government oversight.

Students receive one-on-one supervision of their legal work by lawyers on our staff. Legal interns are not compensated by the Brennan Center for their internships, but we can help accommodate coursework requirements upon request. We strive to offer a fun and intellectually-challenging legal intern experience that supports and supplements the vital advocacy offered by the Brennan Center.

Qualifications: Excellent legal research, analysis, and writing skills; initiative, imagination, and versatility; and a passion for our issues. This position is only open to current law school students.

To Apply: Please visit http://brennancenter.applytojob.com/apply and upload (preferably as pdf):

  • a cover letter explaining which particular program or programs you are interested in joining;
  • a current law school transcript;
  • a legal writing sample of up to 10 pages;
  • a current resume;
  • contact information for three references.

We accept applications and will fill positions on a rolling basis through December 15, 2017, but we encourage students with a strong interest in joining us to apply early.

The Brennan Center, an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, is strongly committed to diversity and welcomes applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations, gender identity and expression, including people who have been previously incarcerated.

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