LAC is a non-profit law and policy organization that specializes in fighting discrimination against and protecting the rights of people with substance use disorders, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records.

New York

Legal Internships

The Legal Action Center accepts applications from second- and third-year law students to work part-time during the fall and spring semesters, and full-time throughout the summer. The work involves legal research and writing, litigation assistance, client intake, policy analysis and other activities. Much of the work is done in the areas of disability and other civil rights law, employment discrimination, privacy law, and the administration of the criminal justice system. Excellent research and writing skills are required.

ABOUT THE LEGAL ACTION CENTER: The Center is a non-profit public interest law firm and policy organization that specializes in fighting discrimination against and protecting the rights of people with alcohol or drug problems, HIV/AIDS or criminal records. Among other valuable services, we help individuals obtain employment, housing, and benefits despite past criminal convictions, alcohol/drug histories or HIV status. We do this through impact litigation and a comprehensive range of civil legal services, including assisting our clients to obtain and clean up their New York State rap sheets, seek and obtain certificates of good conduct or relief from disabilities that are often essential to finding jobs or acquiring professional licenses, prepare and file employment discrimination and breach of privacy complaints, and gather evidence of rehabilitation. We also advocate on the local, state and national levels for sound criminal justice, drug and HIV policies, and partner with organizations to encourage policy makers to adopt these policies. We also provide training and technical assistance to a wide variety of health and social service providers, policymakers, employers, workforce development agencies, and others.

JOB DESCRIPTION AND DUTIES: Working with staff at LAC’s New York City office, the intern will assist attorneys with the broad array of work the Center performs, including legal research and writing for public policy advocacy and litigation (cutting edge impact litigation as well as legal services cases), drafting position papers and legislation, conducting client intakes, and writing letters and other advocacy documents on behalf of clients. At times, interns also conduct administrative hearings.

QUALIFICATIONS: Excellent communication, advocacy, analytic and writing skills required. The Legal Action Center is an equal opportunity employer.

TIME COMMITMENT: At least 10-15 hours per week for at least 10 weeks. Full-time positions are also available. If an intern is available to work more hours each week or for more than 10 weeks, there may be more opportunities to increase the level of responsibility and range of work.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to the Legal Action Center, Attention: Legal Intern Coordinator, 225 Varick St., 4th Fl, New York, NY 10014; fax: (212) 675-0286; email:, with subject line “Legal Internship.”

NOTE: Recent experience with Raiser’s Edge, as well as strong Excel skills, is REQUIRED for this position.  Resumes that do not exhibit these qualifications will not be considered. Also, applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed.

The Legal Action Center, a nonprofit legal service and policy organization that fights discrimination against people with criminal records, histories of addiction, or HIV/AIDS and promotes sound public policy in those areas, seeks a Development Assistant for part-time work (minimum 21 hours/week).

The Development Assistant will have an integral role in the work of the development department, providing support for our fundraising and marketing campaigns, including during our annual benefit and year-end direct mail campaign. The Development Assistant will report to the Director of Development and Development Associate as necessary.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Data entry and gift acknowledgment;
  • Generating reports in Raiser’s Edge;
  • Assisting with mailings, photocopying, word processing, and administrative tasks;
  • Information gathering for the department;
  • Event attendance tracking;
  • Confirmation phone calls; and
  • Other general office duties.

Ideal candidate is a self-motivated, energetic individual with a keen eye for detail and strong organizational skills who has the following qualifications:

  • Strong Microsoft Office skills (particularly in Excel and Word);
  • Raiser’s Edge experience including batch entry and data exports;
  • Ability to proofread closely with a high degree of accuracy;
  • Excellent written, phone, and verbal communication skills;
  • A minimum of 1-2 years experience in a fundraising department; and
  • Strong organizational skills coupled with the ability to juggle multiple tasks, to anticipate and meet deadlines, and to respond to unanticipated problems

Experience working on special events and knowledge of the Raiser’s Edge Events module are a plus.

The Legal Action Center is an equal opportunity employer that offers a competitive hourly rate and excellent working conditions.

Qualified candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and hourly rate, to, with subject line “Development Assistant.” Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed.

Washington, D.C.

Legal Internships

If you are interested in Interning in our Washington, D.C. office, we periodically have positions available. Through our Washington office, LAC advocates with Congress and agencies within the administration to improve our federal laws and policies to end discrimination against people in recovery or still suffering from addiction; to expand funding and coverage for life-saving alcohol and drug treatment, prevention, and research; and to eliminate barriers that people with criminal records face when reentering the community from incarceration.

JOB DESCRIPTION AND DUTIES: LAC interns research, track, and analyze federal legislation and policy, attend Congressional hearings and briefings, and assist in other ongoing projects related to the federal advocacy work. Excellent research and writing skills are required. Past interns have included law school and other graduate students interested in policy advocacy; some LAC interns have elected to continue their internship beyond the summer semester. While this has traditionally been a paid internship, individuals could instead elect to receive credit for their work. The Legal Action Center is an equal opportunity employer. Members of LAC’s stakeholder populations are strongly urged to apply.

More information about LAC and our National HIRE Network, which focuses on expanding employment opportunities for people with criminal records, can be found on our websites, and, or by contacting Sherie V. Boyd, Office Manager, at

To apply for this internship, please send a cover letter and resume to Ms. Boyd at


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