National Coalition to

Abolish the Death Penalty

90 million Americans believe the death penalty is wrong. We mobilize them to end the death penalty state by state.
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Legal Intern

Legal Intern

LOCATION: Washington, DC

COMPENSATION: This is an unpaid position. Academic credit or Community Service Federal-Work Study payment may be available.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Work with program staff and the Executive Director to achieve the mission of ending the death penalty in the US and supporting efforts worldwide. Specifically, legal interns will support the organization in implementing its national advocacy campaign to end the death penalty as well as in supporting local efforts to urge passage of legislation or other policy changes that would reform, repeal or otherwise reduce executions and death sentences.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Duties include substantive legal and legislative research and writing. Legal interns perform legal and policy research; draft memoranda on current law, proposed legislation, and recent state and federal judicial opinions; research and write testimony for legislative committees; and conduct research and write on case-specific initiatives as well as issue advocacy campaigns.
Applicant should note in his or her cover letter any special interest or experience in issues relevant to the position, including past anti-death penalty or broader criminal justice reform knowledge and experience as well as any direct experience working on capital or criminal justice cases.

QUALIFICATIONS: Currently enrolled in law school, or recently graduated, bar pending; excellent research and writing skills; attention to detail; ability to draft succinct and comprehensive legal memoranda; knowledge of the legislative process and political campaigns; and working knowledge and familiarity with social media tools including Facebook and Twitter are a plus.

TO APPLY: Please submit resume, cover letter and legal writing sample along with three references (ideally including a reference from someone who can comment on your legal writing and research abilities) to Please include LEGAL INTERN in the subject line. Note your availability including preferred start and end dates as well as any limitations you may have to working regular fulltime hours.  No phone calls please.  Positions are available year-round and applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.  The National Coalition is an equal opportunity employer, and people of color, women and LGBTQ persons are encouraged to apply.