Jobs: Summer Law Student Interns

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Know the laws in your state that protect LGBT people and people living with HIV.

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Midwest Regional Office, Chicago
National Headquarters, New York
South Central Regional Office, Dallas
Southern Regional Office, Atlanta
Washington DC Office
Western Regional Office, Los Angeles

We anticipate that some internships will take place in person, but final decisions will be made in the spring of 2022, reflecting local and national public health guidelines.


Primarily, summer interns assist attorneys with litigation and policy tasks. This may include legislative research and tracking, investigation, research and drafting in ongoing cases, prospective cases, and amicus curiae briefs, in all areas of sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV discrimination. Interns may also research, draft, and/or edit publications on these issues for public education and may assist in maintenance and expansion of resources for our national legal Help Desk. 


Due to the focused and challenging nature of the work Lambda Legal does, we prefer to hire law students who have some experience with issues relating to our mission. Thus, a background in or familiarity with issues important to lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and those with HIV will greatly strengthen an application. Commitment to public interest law also greatly strengthens an application. Considering the amount of independent work required, second- and third-year students are preferred. Lambda Legal encourages applications from people of color and people with disabilities, including HIV. 


Because we have limited resources, Lambda Legal requires applicants to make diligent efforts to secure summer funding from their law schools.  However, to ensure that economic barriers do not dissuade talented applicants, Lambda Legal is prepared to provide a stipend of up to $6000 (pre-tax) for a 10-week internship for students for whom funding is not available.  If you are not able to get funding from your school, or your school provides funding at a lesser amount, we will provide you with summer funding or will supplement your school’s funding. Selected students will receive more information about this process after receiving notice of their acceptance. 


Students interested in summer internships should apply beginning in the fall. We begin hiring as the applicant pool allows and continue until all spaces are filled. Applicants should send resume, cover letter, and short writing sample to the particular offices where an internship is desired. Applicants should also be sure to include in their cover letter whether they are applying to more than one of Lambda Legal's offices. No phone calls, please. 

Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample (PDF or Word documents, please) to legalintern@lambdalegal.org.

Lambda Legal is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, transgender and gender-nonconforming people, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, and people with disabilities, including people living with HIV, are encouraged to apply.