Legal Interns

Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth

To apply:

Email a letter of interest, your resume, two references, and a transcript (unofficial is sufficient) to mbuchanan@fairsentencingofyouth.org. Use “Legal Intern” as the subject of your email, and include your availability and where you saw this posting. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

The legal internships at the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (“CFSY”) give law students an opportunity to work on the cutting edge of constitutional and human rights law. The Campaign works to support litigation and legislative efforts to end the practice of sentencing children to life in prison so that all children have a meaningful opportunity to be released.

The legal intern’s work will include a mixture of work that supports both policy advocacy and litigation efforts.  Policy work may include researching and writing legal memos analyzing potential priority states for the future legislative sessions, aiding in the drafting of state level legislation, anticipating and researching implementation challenges of proposed legislation, and exploring potential partnerships with state-based community groups.  During the legislative session, this work will be dynamic based on the advocacy team’s needs.  Litigation work may include drafting legal memos for the litigation team, including analysis of state laws relating to extreme sentences for youth, parole and review eligibility for youth, and mitigating sentencing factors for courts to consider once a juvenile has been tried and convicted in adult court. The work of the legal intern will be integral toward our broader strategy of eliminating life without parole as a sentencing option for juveniles.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Here are general guidelines:

Summer internship (late May/early June through August):  January 31
Fall internship (early September through mid-December):  August 31
Spring internship (mid-January through May):  November 30

*** The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.