The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland (ACLU-MD) seeks law students passionate about race equity, civil rights and civil liberties for our summer internships.  The ACLU-MD is a private, nonprofit organization that defends the civil rights and civil liberties of Marylanders through litigation, policy advocacy, community engagement and strategic communications. The office is collegial; the work is challenging, varied and rewarding. Among ACLU affiliates, the ACLU of Maryland is known for its commitment to racial justice and combating structural inequality. For three decades, our staff has been in the forefront of the struggle for racial justice in Maryland -- challenging systemic racial segregation in public and assisted housing in metropolitan Baltimore, working to advance equity in public education, and using litigation to disrupt patterns of racial discrimination in law enforcement and the criminal justice system.

The ACLU-MD takes great pride in having an extraordinarily broad agenda among ACLU affiliates.  Beyond the defense of First Amendment rights for which the ACLU is best known, racial justice is a top priority for our affiliate.  Currently, the ACLU-MD is working on cutting-edge legal projects addressing police abuse, securing immigrants’ rights, ending the use of solitary confinement, and challenging government surveillance.  In addition, our current docket is comprised of cases in almost every area of constitutional and civil rights law, including freedom of speech, freedom of religion, discrimination, privacy, police misconduct, the right to vote, due process, LGBTQ rights, prisoner’s rights, and access to public records.

The ACLU-MD has a staff of 23 full-time employees, including a legal program of eight.  Summer Legal Interns participate in all aspects of the ACLU’s legal program.  Interns can expect to conduct legal and factual research, interview potential plaintiffs and witnesses, draft correspondence and legal memos, and, where possible, draft briefs or motions in pending cases.  Whatever the task, interns gain valuable skills and experience, and an appreciation for the practice of public interest law.

Applicants should have excellent research and writing skills, and a passion for racial justice and civil rights.  They should also be comfortable working with clients and communities from a wide range of identities and experiences.

Interested students should send a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, official or unofficial transcript, and the name of at least two references to Amy Cruice, Legal Program Administrator, at

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.  Summer interns are expected to work 40 hours per week for ten weeks. The ACLU-MD has no funding for legal interns, but can assist students in applying for grants from other sources.

The ACLU of Maryland is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our team and want to involve all those who can contribute to our inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations.

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