Civil Rights Legal Clerk

The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law

Location: Washington, D.C. Telework available for Clerk who prefer to work from alternative locations.

Term: Clerkships are available for the Summer term, for half-summer terms, or for one academic semester.

Principal duties: Depending on skills, interest and abilities, Clerk’s duties are likely to include some combination of the following: researching substantive issues of federal and state law; analyzing legislative, regulatory, and other public policy issues; drafting legal memoranda and policy materials; assisting in the preparation of scholarly writings and practical guides; writing editorial submissions for news periodicals and blogs; assisting in the preparation of legal complaints, briefs, and related documents; and engaging in social media activities. Additional duties include interacting with complainants, witnesses, government officials, public interest advocates, other nonprofit organizations, university administrators, and/or the public; assisting in the preparation of conferences, workshops, lectures and symposia; preparing continuing legal education materials; and generally providing trusted legal and policy support.

Qualifications: The successful candidate must have excellent academic credentials from an ABA-accredited law school and maintain the highest standards of integrity; exhibit excellence in legal analysis, policy analysis and writing; and display, at all times and to all persons, a courteous, professional and cooperative attitude.

Travel: Extensive travel may be required up to 80%.

Compensation: Position is unpaid.

DURATION: Semester or Summer Term



TO APPLY: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Please send a resume by electronic mail to After resume review, the Brandeis Center may request two writing samples demonstrating writing ability and relevant analytic skills, as well a list of references. No phone calls or faxes, please.