Law Students

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We are continuously seeking qualified and motivated law students to serve as interns, both during the summer and during the school semesters, and we welcome applications from law students interested in civil rights litigation and advocacy.   While assignments for each intern will vary, working with FJI will involve participating in all phases of civil rights litigation.  Students will be asked to write legal research memoranda, draft discovery requests and other legal pleadings, participate in client interviews, visit clients and witnesses in prison, review and organize discovery, draft letters and public records requests, review and respond to letters from incarcerated people and their families seeking assistance, and attend hearings, trials, depositions, mediations, settlement negotiations, and oral arguments as they may occur throughout the internship.  Throughout the internship, intern coordinators and attorney supervisors at the Florida Justice Institute take great care to see that each student receives challenging assignments, constant supervision, and regular feedback.

Applicants should have excellent research and writing skills, a desire to work in a collaborative environment, and a demonstrated interest in social justice.  Typically, law students working as interns in the spring and fall attend South Florida-area law schools, but we regularly have applicants from around the country doing externships.

FJI may be able to provide compensation, but this is always dependent on FJI’s funding, the applicant’s prior legal experience, the length of the internship, and whether the applicant can work full or part-time.  Applicants are encouraged to seek fellowships from their law schools and other outside sources. FJI also regularly works with students so that they may obtain academic credit and/or outside funding for their work.  FJI has qualified as an extern clinical placement for academic credit with many leading law schools.

All interested applicants should send a résumé, writing sample, and cover letter to Jessica M. Pla at  Applications are accepted year-round on a rolling basis.  Please specify which time period you are applying for (i.e., summer, fall, spring), and whether you are available to work full or part-time.  Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to each one. No phone calls please.


The Florida Justice Institute is willing to work with lawyers and law students to obtain funded fellowships to work at FJI on specific projects, or to contribute to FJI’s general civil rights litigation work.  Examples include Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Soros Fellowships, and Skadden Fellowships.  For more information, please contact Randall C. Berg, Jr. at

The Florida Justice Institute is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, lesbians, gay men, transgender individuals, and formerly incarcerated persons are particularly encouraged to apply.

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