2019 Summer/Fall Part-time Legal Externship

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) seeks one 2019 summer/fall legal extern to conduct research into law and policy regarding contracted workers (i.e., the treatment of workers as employees or independent contractors, or hiring them through labor intermediaries like temp and staffing firms). The position pays $20/ hour. Students will work 10-20 hours a week over a four-month period, under supervision of a NELP attorney in Seattle, but will work remotely.

The student will work with NELP’s Work Structures team, which aims to reverse the trend towards “nonstandard” work as a key driver of eroding labor standards, rising income and wealth inequality, persistent structural racism and occupational segregation and the shifting of power away from workers and toward corporations.

Who We Are

NELP is a national non-profit with offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Berkeley, and Seattle, promoting federal, state, and local policies designed to ensure that all workers—particularly people of color, women and the unemployed—can achieve and sustain economic opportunity and security through their labor. These include policies to improve the quality of low-wage jobs, strengthen access to work and mobility within work, create and enforce strong labor standards and rights, and improve benefits and services for the unemployed. NELP believes that we will achieve our mission only when we have dismantled structural racism, addressed income inequality, and built worker power. In collaboration with national and grassroots partners, NELP advances its work through research, advocacy, litigation and policy support and technical assistance designed to raise wages, end wage theft and workplace violations, ensure safe and healthy workplaces, strengthen unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation, secure employer accountability, expand employment of people with arrest and conviction records, and promote a comprehensive policy framework to build a good jobs economy. For more information, see www.nelp.org.

The Externship:

With a staff of lawyers, researchers, and policy experts, NELP works in close partnership with lawyers, grassroots organizing groups, and reformers to test new policy models in the states and cities and translate them to the federal level, and to enforce long-fought legal rights and protections, in order to respond to the key problems of the U.S. labor market in the twenty‐first century.

The paid externship position during the 2019 summer/fall semester is for approximately 250 hours of work, with a flexible schedule to be determined by the candidate and supervisor. The externship will focus on our work researching and developing policies to address the rise of outsourcing, the “gig economy,” and contingent work structures (“the fissured economy”) to ensure fair wages and job quality.

Applicants must have at least one year of law school, a demonstrated commitment to economic and social justice, excellent legal research and writing skills,  and the ability to work independently.

To Apply:

To apply: Submit your cover letter (including how many estimated hours per week and potential start and end dates), resume, one writing sample and three references to http://bit.ly/WorkWithNelp, choosing the “2019 Part-time Legal Externship” application.   If you have questions regarding this announcement, please forward those to nelp@nelp.org, noting “Summer/Fall 2019 Part-time Legal Externship Application” in the subject line. No phone calls or other email inquiries please. We will consider applications on a rolling basis. Applications due by August 2, 2019.

NELP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an equal opportunity, fair chance, affirmative action employer, committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status. 

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