The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Florida (ACLU‐FL) invites first‐ and second‐year law students to apply for a summer clerkship with our Miami or Tampa regional offices. The deadline for submission of applications is December 15, 2021, but applications will be considered—and offers may be made—on a rolling basis; it is possible that all available slots will be filled before the deadline passes. The clerkship requires a commitment for a minimum of 10 weeks.
The ACLU‐FL, Florida’s largest legal and public advocacy organization, is a not‐for‐profit, nonpartisan organization employing litigation, public advocacy, public education, and communication to protect and promote a broad range of constitutional issues and individual rights. The ACLU‐FL is an affiliate of the national ACLU, which implements its vital civil liberties mission in all 50 states in large part through affiliate entities such as the ACLU‐FL. Operating out of six offices in Miami (main), Tampa, Pensacola, Orlando, Tallahassee, and Jacksonville, the Florida affiliate is among the larger ACLU affiliates in the nation. Our work ranges from educating the public to representing individual and organizational clients in state and federal courts including the Florida Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
The ACLU‐FL endeavors to attract diverse students who demonstrate a strong commitment to social justice and exceptional leadership potential to work on pressing legal issues involving— among other things—voting rights, criminal justice reform, and immigration. A summer clerk’s work may include a particular focus on criminal justice, immigrants’ rights, and voting rights, but students should anticipate their assignments will include experience in other areas as well.
The ACLU‐FL litigates a broad range of complex constitutional cases in federal and state courts through direct representation, filing amicus briefs, and submitting administrative complaints to state and federal agencies. ACLU law clerks work closely with staff attorneys and have the unique opportunity to research and apply constitutional legal theories to real‐world problems and gain a practical understanding of constitutional issues.
The legal clerk will be primarily responsible for:
- Conducting factual, legal, and policy research
- Researching prospects for new litigation, including factual and legal claims
- Drafting legal memoranda, pleadings, briefs, and other litigation documents
DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Excellent legal‐writing, research, and communication skills
- Ability to analyze complex legal issues
- Self‐motivation and demonstrated initiative to see projects through to completion
- Ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines
- Experience with policy advocacy and/or public education preferred
- A demonstrated commitment to civil rights and civil liberties issues
Clerkship positions are generally unpaid, and students are strongly encouraged to seek funding from their law schools or other foundations to sustain them financially during the summer. Although there is no guarantee, there may ultimately be funding to support one or more paid summer clerks for whom there is a demonstrated financial need. If you have such a need, please include a paragraph in your application setting out your financial need and your commitment to public‐interest work (if that commitment is not elsewhere reflected in your application).
Because of the uncertainty created by COVID‐19, we do not know if our summer clerkships will be in‐person clerkships or virtual ones. If you prefer a virtual clerkship, please let us know in your cover letter.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants should send a cover letter, résumé, law school transcript, original legal writing sample, and contact information for three references to email@example.com. Please indicate “Summer 2022 Legal Clerkship” in the subject line of your email and indicate the office in which you would like to work (Miami, Tampa, or remotely) and where you learned of this job posting.
The ACLU of Florida is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Florida encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veteran status. We encourage formerly incarcerated individuals to apply. If selected for an interview, please advise if financial assistance is needed in order to attend.
The ACLU of Florida undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to ensure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions. Fluency in Spanish or Creole is desired but not required.