Law & Policy Internship – Semester

Description and Qualifications 

Juvenile Law Center seeks second- and third-year law students for semester internships. Interns assist Juvenile Law Center attorneys in researching children's rights issues, writing legal and policy memoranda, preparing training materials, supporting ongoing litigation and legislative initiatives, and responding to requests for assistance. 

Time Commitment and Course Credit 

Semester interns generally are expected 10-15 hours a week for about 14 weeks per semester. Juvenile Law Center works with interns to create an internship schedule based on their class schedule and any course credit requirements. 

Virtual/In-Person 

Juvenile Law Center currently uses a hybrid work model where some staff come into the office several times a week, and some staff work remotely full-time. Interns are welcome to either work remotely or come into the office. Interns desiring to work in the office must provide proof of vaccination prior to their start date.

To Apply 

Please submit your resume, a writing sample, two references with email addresses and phone numbers, and a cover letter indicating your interest in the position to internships@jlc.org with the subject line “Semester Law and Policy Internship.” 

We want to know why you are applying for an internship with Juvenile Law Center: In your cover letter, please discuss your interest in working with Juvenile Law Center; any personal, professional, or academic experience or interest in the juvenile justice or child welfare systems; and/or how you will support Juvenile Law Center’s commitment to diversity.

Juvenile Law Center’s mission is to fight for rights, dignity, equity, and opportunity for youth.  Additionally, we work to reduce the harm of the child welfare and justice systems, limit their reach, and ultimately abolish them so all young people can thrive. The diversity of our staff is critical to fulfilling this mission.

Juvenile Law Center is committed to cultivating an inclusive space that affirms and celebrates the backgrounds, learned and lived expertise, whole identities, and individual perspectives of our staff. We are committed to the diversity of our staff as it pertains to race, color, ethnicity, class, sex, marital or parental status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, size, disability, religion, national origin, and/or child welfare or juvenile or criminal justice involvement, including prior record of arrest, adjudication, or conviction. Applicants of all backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to self-identify during the application process.

Juvenile Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. 

Deadlines:

Fall 2022: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

Spring 2023: Applications are not yet being accepted, but please check back in the Fall.

Organization Background 

Juvenile Law Center fights for rights, dignity, equity, and opportunity for youth. We work to reduce the harm of the child welfare and justice systems, limit their reach, and ultimately abolish them so all young people can thrive.

Founded in 1975, Juvenile Law Center is the first non-profit, public interest law firm for children in the country. Through litigation, appellate advocacy and submission of amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs, policy reform, public education, training, consulting, and strategic communications, we fight for children who come into contact with the child welfare and justice systems. Widely published and internationally recognized as leaders in the field, Juvenile Law Center has substantially shaped the development of law and policy on behalf of youth. We strive to ensure that laws, policies, and practices affecting youth advance racial and economic equity and are rooted in research, consistent with children’s unique developmental characteristics, and reflective of international human rights values. Current issues can be found here.