SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Community Justice Project is a movement lawyering organization that provides legal, policy, and capacity-building support to grassroots organizations throughout South Florida. Our partners include: Dream Defenders, Miami Workers Center, WeCount!, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Family Action Network Movement (FANM), Power U Center for Social Change, and New Vision Drivers Association.

Our interns will join our team in Miami to work on a varied caseload, including policy advocacy, campaign strategy, direct representation, litigation, community education, and research. Interns will receive broad exposure to the various issue areas and local campaigns we are working on, including campaigns to: combat gentrification in low-income neighborhoods like Little Haiti; defend domestic workers, day laborers, and farmworkers suffering wage theft and workplace abuses; end the criminalization of immigrants and communities of color; and improve equity in disaster recovery.

Over ten weeks, our interns will see first-hand the unique opportunities and challenges of implementing a movement lawyering approach in South Florida. Interns will receive structured training to develop and deepen their understanding of movement lawyering through a curriculum of weekly readings, seminars, and reflections. We will also be partnering with other movement lawyering organizations, including Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico, Detroit Justice Center, and Law for Black Lives, to host an opening retreat and cross-organizational exchanges, so interns can learn about, and engage with, other organizational approaches to movement lawyering.

Our goal is to train and develop the next generation of movement lawyers. We hope you’ll apply.

INTERN QUALIFICATIONS

  • First year or second year law student

  • Experience in and/or a demonstrated commitment to social justice and social movements

  • Familiarity with issues of racial justice, gender justice, civil and human rights

  • Proficiency in Spanish or Haitian Creole is appreciated, but not required

TO APPLY

2L applicants must submit their applications by October 30
1L applicants must submit their applications by December 15

For questions, email intern@communityjusticeproject.com

Our application is jointly coordinated with Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico, Detroit Justice Center, and Law for Black Lives. If you’re interested in interning at any of these organizations, please mark your preference in the application. If your first choice is unable to offer you a position, we will forward your application to your other choices.  

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a summer stipend, but we are working to ensure all our summer interns are resourced. We are happy to support law students' applications for funding through their law schools or other grants. If you cannot obtain funding through these sources, we will work with you to obtain other forms of funding.


SCHOOL YEAR & WINTER TERM INTERNSHIPS

Interested in an internship during the school year? Email intern@communityjusticeproject.com with a copy of your resume, cover letter, and references.


PRO BONO VOLUNTEERS

In addition to partnering with non-profit advocacy groups, the Community Justice Project partners with private for-profit firms who respect community lawyering and have made a commitment either to a particular community or to a salient social justice issue. Pro Bono opportunities for range from transactional work on behalf of community-based organizations, to individual representation of indigent persons in court or in administrative proceedings, to long-term high-impact litigation and policy advocacy in support of a social justice campaign.

We also welcome volunteer contributions from designers, community artists, writers, communications professionals and others with skills they would like contribute to our work. 

To learn more about our pro bono opportunities email intern@communityjusticeproject.com


POST-GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Community Justice Project is sponsors Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and school-sponsored fellowships. 

Did you go to law school with the dream of working alongside disenfranchised people fighting to take back control of their communities? Community Justice Project is a dynamic Miami-based movement lawyering practice supporting grassroots groups organizing for racial justice and human rights in South Florida. If selected, our staff will work closely with the applicant to ensure that the proposal is responsive to the needs of our client organizations and in line with movement lawyering values. 

Applications for Skadden & Equal Justice Works are currently closed. If you are eligible for a school-based or other fellowship and are interested in sponsorship, please send your cover letter, résumé, references, and a short writing sample to intern@communityjusticeproject.com.