Spring and Summer 2019 Interns

Position Summary:

Palestine Legal seeks to hire 1-2 legal interns for the 2019 spring and summer semesters (approximately 10 weeks), to intern up to 20 hours/week in the spring and up to 35 hours/week in the summer. Legal interns will be supervised closely by a staff attorney, and will gain skills and experience in different areas of Palestine Legal’s work, including by conducting legal research, drafting legal research memos, drafting legal and advocacy documents, and assisting with client communications. Interns will participate in an orientation to Palestine Legal’s work, methodologies, and theory of movement lawyering. Interns are regularly provided feedback on their assignments in one-on-one sessions with their supervising attorney, and provided opportunities to attend Palestine Legal and partner events. She/he/they will be directly trained and supervised by a Palestine Legal staff attorney.

The strong preference is for legal interns to be located in Palestine Legal’s Chicago or Oakland offices.

ABOUT PALESTINE LEGAL:

Palestine Legal is an independent organization dedicated to protecting the civil and constitutional rights of people in the US who speak out for Palestinian freedom. Our mission is to bolster the Palestine solidarity movement by challenging efforts to threaten, harass and legally bully activists into silence and inaction.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct legal research and draft legal research memos on relevant issues.

  • Draft legal documents related to case work.

  • Assist staff attorneys with client communications.

  • Participate in case calls with staff attorneys.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist with other project areas as needed, including drafting communications materials.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • JD candidate from accredited law school.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Excellent legal research and oral and written communication skills.

  • Familiarity with the legal repression that Palestinian rights activists face in the U.S. and understanding of the Palestinian-Israeli issue in general.

  • Interest in and basic understanding of relevant legal issues (First Amendment, students’ rights, national security, etc.).

  • Experience and/or a demonstrated commitment to social justice, organizing and/or social movements, and Palestine Legal’s mission.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Candidate must be able to sit for long periods of time and type on a computer and must be able to communicate frequently by phone and electronically.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

This position requires work in a shared office space.  There may be 1 or more people in an office space with low to moderate noise levels (details to be determined).

COMPENSATION:

Palestine Legal is dedicated to fairly compensating interns.  Interns will be temporary employees of Tides Center, and will be paid an hourly wage, to be determined depending on whether the candidate has secured additional sources of funding. Where possible, Palestine Legal will assist interns interested in applying for academic credit or fellowships for the internship to supplement their compensation. 

TO APPLY: 

Please email a resume, legal writing sample (3-5 pages) and cover letter explaining your interest in the internship to info@palestinelegal.org, subject line “Legal Intern – Spring” or “Legal Intern – Summer.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting in November 2018 for the spring semester and January 2019 for the summer, or until the position(s) is filled, with strong consideration given to early applicants. The projected start date for spring interns is January and end of May/beginning of June for summer interns.

Palestine Legal, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.

Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.