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Fall/Spring/Summer Law Student Internships

The National Women's Law Center (NWLC) seeks law student interns for the fall, spring and summer semesters. The Center conducts internship programs with law schools for each academic semester.

Internship positions are typically unpaid; however, students may earn credit hours from their respective law schools or seek fellowships to fund their work with the Center. Law students who are available to volunteer 12 to 15 hours or more per week during the academic year, or full-time during the summer, are eligible to apply.

The Organization

The National Women's Law Center is a non-profit organization that has been working since 1972 to advance and protect women's legal rights. The Center focuses on major policy areas of importance to women and their families including economic security, education, employment, health, and reproductive rights, with special attention given to the concerns of low-income women.

Intern Duties and Responsibilities

Students selected will be assigned to one attorney mentor, but may work with several attorneys during the course of the semester. The program attempts to match student preferences as to substantive areas and provide students with varied work assignments which may include writing briefs, drafting complaints, writing articles and fact sheets, commenting on proposed federal agency regulations, preparing Congressional testimony, researching legislative history, and attending court, executive branch and Congressional proceedings. It is not possible, however, to guarantee that each student will participate in litigation or other specific activities undertaken by the Center.

The NWLC office is an extremely friendly environment with many opportunities to learn and make professional connections. NWLC offers brown-bag lunches on a variety of timely topics and encourages interns to make the most of their time with the organization.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter indicating which program area(s) you are interested in (Education & Employment, Family Economic Security, Health & Reproductive Rights, Judges & the Courts and/or Cross-Cutting Issues), when you are available to intern, and how many hours per week you can intern. A full application includes a cover letter, resume, transcript, a 5-10 page writing sample, and contact information for three references. Electronic submissions are preferred.  Please submit your complete application to and include the position title in the subject line. Hard copies may be addressed to: Human Resources, National Women's Law Center, 11 Dupont Circle, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036, FAX: 202-588-5185. Applications accepted until position is fill