Legal Internships Summer 2023

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The ACLU of Utah is accepting applications for two paid legal internships.


Internship Duration
Internships are a 10-week period. Summer interns are expected to start on or around May 30, 2023.

A stipend is available for students who can commit to working 40 hours a week for 10 weeks during the summer. Students who receive outside funding may be eligible for a partial stipend.

  • Rising 2Ls will be eligible for a minimum stipend of $6,000
  • Rising 3Ls will be eligible for a minimum stipend of $7,000

The externship will be hybrid with remote and in-person work.

Roles and Responsibilities

Interns will gain valuable experience by working with the legal team on various issues. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Drafting memoranda, affidavits, and briefs;
  • Conducting legal and policy research;
  • Researching and drafting materials for public education;
  • Researching and drafting public records requests under State and Federal Open Records Statutes; and
  • Other projects as assigned.

Desired Experience

  • 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, LGBTQ+ issues, police practices, constitutional and criminal law, free speech, and criminal legal reform; and
  • A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, and social justice.
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU of Utah.

Legal intern positions are very limited and early application is encouraged. We will review applications on a rolling basis beginning on January 9, 2023. We will accept applications until January 30, 2023. We will not be communicating with nor responding to applicants regarding their applications before January 9, 2023. 

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample that is wholly their own unedited work (10 pages or less) to Valentina De Fex, Senior Staff Attorney. Application materials must be submitted as PDF files. In your cover letter, please address your interest in the specific position and past experiences that may be relevant to the position.

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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 community members 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.