The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon offers unpaid internships and externships to interested law school students for fall, spring and summer terms. A minimum commitment of 16 hours per week for the spring and fall semesters is expected. Summer interns are expected to work full time. 

At the ACLU of Oregon law students gain exposure to a broad range of civil liberties and civil rights issues and an opportunity to improve legal writing and research skills. Students work closely with the Legal Director and will do legal research, write legal memoranda, and draft correspondence to iniduals in response to documented complaints of civil liberties and civil rights violations. Students also assist ACLU of Oregon attorneys in the development of cases for litigation, preparation of cases for trial, and submission of amicus curiae briefs in courts of appeal.

Educational benefits include obtaining hands-on experience in applying constitutional theories and case law to legal problems, and learning how to conduct factual investigation of complaints. Students become familiar with administrative regulations and agency protocols, while developing a practical understanding of constitutional law.

Prerequisites include completion of the first year of law school, an interest in civil liberties and civil rights, good interpersonal and analytical skills, and the ability to write in a clear and concise manner.

How to Respond: Interested students should submit a detailed cover letter, resume, and legal writing sample to Terry Rogers at Please specify which term you are applying for.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadlines:

  • Fall term: Final date for applications if the first Friday in July.
  • Spring term: Final date for applications is the first Friday in November.
  • Summer term: Final date for applications is the first Friday in March. 

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