2021 Spring Legal Externship

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) seeks a law student for a 2021 spring legal externship in Washington, D.C. (with the option to work remotely).

About NELP:

The National Employment Law Project is a non‐profit research and advocacy organization that fights for policies to create good jobs, expand access to work, and strengthen protections and support for workers in low-wage industries and the unemployed. We collaborate with national, state and local allies—including worker centers, community groups, immigrant advocacy organizations, unions, faith-based organizations, policy makers and think tanks—to 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, educating the public and other advocates, supporting worker organizing, and engaging in strategic communications. All of NELP’s work is built upon a strong commitment to eliminating structural racism. To learn more about us, please visit our website at www.nelp.org.

The Externship:

With a staff of lawyers, researchers, communications, 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.

To be eligible, the extern should be in an approved law school for-credit course or program during the spring 2021 semester. Most externship programs provide for part-time hours during a set number of weeks during the law school calendar semester. Contact Laura Huizar (lhuizar@nelp.org) if there are any questions regarding the externship requirements.

NELP will work with the 2021 spring legal extern on projects at the intersection of worker rights and immigrant rights, including work focused on protecting workers from retaliation, responding to problems created by worksite immigration enforcement, improving health and safety, and supporting local and state organizations expanding benefits and support to immigrant workers.

The spring legal extern will assist NELP attorneys in all aspects of this work, including:

  • Providing legal, policy, and strategic assistance for campaigns, including drafting legislation, legal research and analyses, and policy briefs;
  • Strategic participation in litigation as well as state and federal administrative advocacy, including drafting briefs, preparing legal research memos, and developing comments on regulatory proposals;
  • Drafting reports, op-eds, and community educational materials and engaging in strategic communications.

To Apply:

Interested students should Submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample (if possible, in one PDF document) via http://bit.ly/WorkWithNelp, choosing “Spring 2021 Legal Externship” from the “Position” drop-down menu under “Application Information.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible and no later than December 11, 2020.

NELP requires externship candidates to seek funding from their school or obtain course credit. NELP does not permit unpaid externships.

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 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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