Internships with the Abolitionist Law Center: Summer and Fall

Legal Internships with the Abolitionist Law Center: We are now accepting internship applications.

The Abolitionist Law Center is offering legal internships to law students who successfully complete their first year and  want to work with us in defending the human rights of prisoners in Pennsylvania. Our casework includes litigation challenging solitary confinement and prison censorship, exposure to toxic coal waste at SCI Fayette, juvenile life without parole, and other projects we are involved in or developing. To learn more about the ALC and our commitment to building a movement to abolish race and class based mass incarceration visit our website:

Applicants are required to submit the following:

Cover letter: No more than 2 pages double-spaced. Include name and contact information; current law school or legal education; why you want to work with the Abolitionist Law Center; what experiences, skills, or attributes of yours make you suitable to work with the Abolitionist Law Center.

Resume: no longer than one page in length to reflect most recent work history. Previous internships and volunteer experience may also be included.

Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation from professors, employers, or professionals: These should be from people who can attest to your ability to handle challenging intellectual work, learn new material, work well in a collaborative setting, and communicate effectively.

Legal writing sample: no longer than 5 single-spaced pages or 10 double-spaced. This can be an excerpt from a longer writing.

Decisions: Decisions will be made on a rolling basis. We currently anticipate a limit of 3-4 interns for the summer program. There is no funding available from the ALC for these positions; students will be required to finance their internship via grants, fellowships, or other means.

Applications should be emailed to:

Incomplete applications may not be accepted.

Due Date:  January 20th is the deadline for summer applications.