Seeking Fall 2018 semester interns and externs to join us in advancing racial equity and economic opportunity!

Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights is currently seeking Legal Interns (law student interns), Legal Externs (receiving credit from their law school), and Legal Fellows (recent law school graduates) for a semester position. We value candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences and encourage candidates to share the unique perspectives they can bring to our work.

These positions are unpaid, but funding might be available through law schools, universities, and other sources. Legal Interns, Externs and Fellows are encouraged to research funding opportunities before applying.

To apply, please send a cover letter specifying the potential area(s) and projects of interest, resume, and writing sample to

Please note: We are not yet reviewing applications for Summer 2019 internships. Application instructions for these positions will be posted in mid-October.

2019 Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and Other Post-Graduate Legal Fellowships

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights is seeking rising 3L students (or recent law school graduates who expect to complete a clerkship in the summer of 2019) to sponsor for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and other post-graduate fellowships to begin August or September of 2019.

Potential areas for fellowship opportunities are flexible, but we are particularly interested in a project related to Hate Crime, Housing Opportunity, or Education Equity.  Chicago Lawyers’ Committee welcomes the opportunity to assist applicants in formulating a project proposal. 

Fellows are supervised by experienced civil rights attorneys on our staff. They also are provided with substantial training as well as opportunities for professional and leadership development. Work of past legal fellows has been wide-ranging and has been adapted based on the skills and interests of the fellow. Activities may include developing legal strategies, representing clients in litigation and settlement, writing amicus briefs, crafting and enforcing legislative and administrative reforms, advocating to government decision makers, advising and training community-based organizations, participating in civil rights coalitions, teaching Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars, and speaking to the media.

Fellowship Requirements

Fellowship candidates must have excellent legal research and writing skills, communication skills, and a demonstrated commitment to racial equity and civil rights. Past experience in racial equity work, policy advocacy, or community organizing is a plus. Skills in Spanish or other languages other than English are also a plus. Chicago Lawyers’ Committee is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages students of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, people who speak languages in addition to English, and others whose background and experiences would help our organization better understand and serve our clients and community members.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a resume, academic transcript (unofficial copy is fine), brief writing sample (no more than 10 pages), and a cover letter specifying their potential area(s) of interest for a fellowship project. 

Interested candidates should send these materials to Julie Justicz at no later than August 21, 2018 with '2019 Fellowship Opportunities' in the subject line. For more information about the fellowship programs, visit Equal Justice Works or Skadden Fellowship Foundation.