The Abolitionist Law Center is currently accepting legal internship applications for summer 2022.

The Abolitionist Law Center offers legal internships and externships 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 police terror against protestors and Black community members, solitary confinement and prison censorship, exposure to toxic coal waste at SCI Fayette, juvenile life without parole, and torture against community members with psychiatric disabilities at Allegheny County Jail.

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.

DecisionsDecisions will be made on a rolling basis. 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 sent in a single email to Bret Grote, ALC Legal Director, at and Jonas Caballero, ALC Paralegal, at