We are currently accepting legal internship applications from law students for Fall 2020.

Interns will work remotely for the remainder of 2020. You do not need to live in Chicago, IL to participate in an internship.


There are many opportunities for law students to work with lawyers at the ACLU of Illinois. We have an active docket of over 40 cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts. 

Interns do critical work to support our litigation and will gain valuable experience by working with us on a wide variety of issues. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Drafting memoranda, affidavits and briefs.
  • Conducting legal and policy research.
  • Cite checking. 
  • Other projects as assigned.

The internship is open to law students who will have completed at least one year of law school before the internship commences. Interns should possess the following:

  • Excellent research skills, including conducting internet and legal database research.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and writing.
  • Attention to detail, excellent organizing and time-management skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • The initiative to see projects through to completion.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and conflicts
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion within the office, using an approach that values all individuals and respects differences
  • A commitment to working with individuals and communities with diverse identities
  • A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, social justice, and the mission of the ACLU of Illinois

Applicants should send the following materials to legalinternships@aclu-il.org and indicate the term they are applying for in the subject line:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample
  • Transcript
  • Reference list

Please apply as early as possible; offers are extended as qualified people apply. Priority is given to law students who have completed their second year of law school. We do not have legal internships for undergraduates.

The ACLU of Illinois is an equal opportunity employer.  We value a diverse workforce and encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.