2020 Opportunities and Vacancies: Undergraduates, Graduates, Law Students and Lawyers With No More than One Year of Practice

LWOB offers unpaid internships to law and undergraduate students and young lawyers in New Haven, CT and Washington, DC (USA) during the following periods:

January Term (1 month, full time)
Gap Term or Gap Year (flexible)

Applications are being accepted for long-term and Fall 2020 internship positions in New Haven, CT and Washington, DC.  ALL SUMMER POSITIONS IN THE NEW HAVEN AND WASHINGTON, DC OFFICES HAVE BEEN FILLED.

Applications are generally reviewed on a rolling basis at least 3 or more months before the start of the new internship term. Highly qualified applicants will be accepted on an “early admissions” basis. If you do not receive an acceptance within two weeks of your application, you may assume you have been put in the regular pool for consideration and you may expect to hear from us up to 2-3 months before the summer internship begins, and one month before the fall, winter and spring internship start dates. If you have any questions regarding the status of your application, feel free to email internships@lwob.org at any time. No calls please.

All internships are unpaid, and our interns typically live in the region or within a 1+ hour commute of our offices.  It is not unusual for internship spaces to be filled well before the start of the internship term and we therefore encourage you to apply early. For late applicants, please inquire about our wait-list as last minute vacancies sometimes occur with an intern withdrawal.
Intern applicants should:

  • speak and write fluent English, (language fluency in Spanish, French, is a plus)
  • have a strong academic record and diverse international experience credentials
  • have a commitment to make a difference in the pro bono legal or human rights sectors
  • work well in a team environment.
  • work independently, take initiative and require modest supervision
  • apply creative approaches to traditional subjects
  • during school term, commit to a minimum two full 8 hour days per week or 16-20 hours per week. Fall/Spring interns are expected to start their internships within one week of the start of classes and complete the internship approximately 1 week before exams or term close.
  • Summer interns 8 to 10 uninterrupted weeks in summer
    (Please arrange your summer breaks or vacations before or after your internship. No vacations during internship allowed). Students applying for summer internships and available for 10 or more weeks will be given preference over equally qualified applicants for shorter time periods.

LWOB will consider requests to volunteer for up to 30 continuous (full time) days during January break, largely dependent upon the strength of the applicant’s academic record and CV. Students applying from abroad will be considered for the January term internship on a case by case basis. Otherwise, due to the lengthy paperwork and lead time, students applying from abroad will generally only be considered for a long-term full time (3 months or longer) internship. All immigration documentation, visa permissions and costs for international applicants for any internship are the responsibility of the applicant. Foreign applicants please note, US law bars interning on a tourist visa.

Law Students please note, we do not guarantee that you will have opportunities to do legal research during your internship–although we will make an effort to provide at least one or more meaningful large-scale legal research assignments for you.

Secondment: We welcome lawyer secondees for a period of one or more years and suggest you contact us privately at info@lwob.org if you have been offered a secondment and wish to serve it at LWOB. Lawyers secondees’ work will focus on trial advocacy training programs, program management, leadership and advanced research.

Due the large number of inquiries we receive, any communications that do not contain all of the below requested information components will not be considered or acknowledged. We can assure you of this: An email along the following lines will not receive a response: “I’m interested in whether you have any internship opportunities.”

No internship or other volunteer application of any sort will be considered without a detailed CV/Resume and cover letter.  Internship applications (Cover Letter and CV) should be submitted in writing to internships@lwob.org. Post graduate fellowship or lawyer volunteer applications should state that in the subject line of your email, and be addressed to info@lwob.org

Applicants for all positions (Summer, Fall, Winter Term, Spring) must indicate in your cover letter:
1) All: Proposed start and finish dates and preferred internship location
2) Fall and Spring: Proposed work schedule (Days and hours)
3) Acknowledge that you realize:

  • that the internship is unpaid and there will be no compensation for any associated costs you incur
  • that you understand that a part of your internship may require performing tasks associated with LWOB in-house administration of international rule of law programming
  • [Summer Internships only]: that the commitment is for a minimum of 8-10 continuous uninterrupted weeks (Summer Applicants should plan their vacations before or after the internship)

 Due to visa restrictions, only a limited number of foreign nationals can sit as interns at a time–typically no more than two per office. In addition to internships, USA nationals should review the LWOB job board (at this site, click on “JOBS”) for any funded opportunities or vacancies.