The ACLU of Utah is accepting applications from law students for 1 for-credit legal extern position.

  • Time Commitment: The extern is expected to commit between 10-15 hours per week for 12 weeks. The hours and duration of the externship can be accommodated to comply with school policy.

  • Location: The externship will be hybrid with primarily remote work and some part-time in-person meetings and work in office.

  • Required: Externs selected for the program will register with their law schools for academic or pro bono credit. We are unable to provide externships for any student that is unable to receive credit from their respective law school. This externship is for-credit only and will not receive monetary compensation.

As a state affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Utah operates through a model of integrated advocacy, using litigation, legislative efforts, policy advocacy, and community engagement as mutually supportive tactics to advance civil rights for everyone in Utah.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Externs will gain valuable experience by working with the legal team on a wide variety of issues. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Drafting memoranda, affidavits and briefs;
  • Conducting legal research;
  • Researching and drafting materials for public education;
  • Researching and drafting public records requests under Utah and federal open records
  • statutes; and
  • Other projects as assigned.


This externship is open to law students who will have completed at least one year of law school before the externship commences. Externs will ideally possess the following:

  • Strong writing, research, and communication skills;
  • Ability to convey legal information to non-attorney audiences;
  • Ability to handle multiple projects;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • A deep interest in issues related to civil rights and civil liberties including but not limited to
  • immigrants’ rights, police practices, constitutional and criminal law, LGBTQ+ rights,
  • reproductive justice, free speech, and criminal legal reform; and
  • A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, and social justice.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample (5 pages or less) to Senior Staff Attorney, Valentina De Fex, at Application materials must be submitted as a .pdf file. In the subject line of the email, applicants should include their full name and Spring 2023 Externship. In their cover letter, applicants should include details describing their interest in civil rights and civil liberties. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled. We will begin reviewing applications and interviewing candidates the week of October 24, 2022.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

The ACLU of Utah is an equal-opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We believe that having a board, staff, and volunteer base with diverse personal and professional backgrounds and lived experience enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates an environment where all members of our community can thrive. We strongly encourage and greatly value applications from women, people of color, immigrants, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have been formerly incarcerated, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.

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