SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Community Justice Project brings movement lawyering to South Florida and represents grassroots organizers in campaigns for racial justice and human rights. Interns will join us in our office in Miami and work on a varied caseload, including litigation, campaign strategy, community outreach/education, direct representation, human rights advocacy and policy advocacy. Students’ work will relate to local campaigns led by client organizations including those to: combat police brutality and racial profiling; dismantle the school to prison pipeline; preserve low-income mobile home parks; confront “slumlords” in low-income housing; and improve working conditions for taxi drivers. Students may also contribute to human rights advocacy related to racial discrimination and police violence in the context of the broader Movement for Black Lives.  Among the organizations we represent are the Dream Defenders, Miami Workers Center, Power U Center for Social Change, and New Vision Taxi Drivers Association. Students will experience the unique opportunities and challenges of utilizing a community lawyering approach in one of the most economically unequal cities in the U.S.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer any stipend but we are happy to support law students' applications for funding through their law schools or other grants.

INTERN QUALIFICATIONS

  • First year or second year law student
  • Excellent legal research and communication skills
  • Experience in and/or a demonstrated commitment to social justice organizing 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

Email a copy of your resume, cover letter, and references as one single Word or PDF file to intern@communityjusticeproject.com

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


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.