2019 Winter/Spring Legal Externship

Application Deadline:  1/16/2019 (Accepted on a Rolling Basis)

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) seeks one 2019 winter/spring semester legal extern to work part-time in a paid position on a launch of a password-protected online community and legal library for workers’ rights advocates. The position will be in NELP’s New York City Office.

About NELP

The National Employment Law Project is a non‐profit research and advocacy organization that partners with national, state, and local allies—including community groups, worker centers, unions, workers’ rights lawyers, faith-based organizations, and policy makers—to develop and promote policies and programs that create good jobs and enforce hard-won worker rights. NELP is one of the country’s leading workers’ rights organizations, developing innovative policy models, conducting research, litigating and supporting private enforcement, supporting worker organizing, and engaging in strategic communications.

In 2008, recognizing a growing community of lawyers, community groups, workers centers, unions, and academics who aimed to ensure fair pay for all workers in an era of declining public enforcement, NELP launched the National Wage & Hour Clearinghouse, which hosts a listserv for its over-1,000 members, houses extensive litigation materials, wage campaign materials targeting state and federal agencies, state and local legislative reforms, and research.  In 2019, NELP will launch a new and improved Clearinghouse 2.0, with expanded resources, community forums across all of NELP’s program priorities, and a revamped library. We hope to build a powerful tool for a password-protected exchange of ideas among advocates around access to good jobs, fighting discrimination, racism, and barriers to employment for all, enforcement of labor standards, and achieving worker power.

The Externship

NELP seeks one law student to work in a paid externship position out of our New York City office during the 2019 winter/spring semester (for an 8-10 week period) for 10 to 15 hours per week.  The person can work remotely but must use a NELP computer.

The position is to assist NELP lawyers and technology leads in reviewing and cataloguing library materials that are currently housed in the Clearinghouse and listserv archive, collecting additional legal research memos and litigation materials and organizing them for use in the new Clearinghouse 2.0 library. Specifically, the individual will assist NELP attorneys with the following activities:

  • Cataloguing and organizing existing Clearinghouse legal library materials, such as briefs, decisions, model pleadings, and emails between attorney members, both in the library and listserv archives;
  • Gathering and analyzing additional NELP legal and resource materials for use in the new platform’s library;
  • Drafting one-page or shorter fact sheets about the library materials and legal resources available for public dissemination to attorney members of the Clearinghouse;
  • Communicating with attorney members of the Clearinghouse regarding the new online platform and resource library.

We welcome law students with a commitment to worker justice. Students should be comfortable downloading and uploading library resource materials to simple online data collection sources, like Google Drive or Box.

To Apply

Interested law students should fill out our application form at https://www.tfaforms.com/4713877. Please select “2019 Spring Semester New York City Law Clerk” as the position you are applying for and attach a resume, cover letter, writing sample (no more than 5 pages), and list of two references. Compensation for this externship position is $20 per hour, with a maximum of 15 hours per week (during an 8-10 week period).  Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis but no later than January 16, 2019. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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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