The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was founded in 1920 to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee. The ACLU works to extend rights to segments of our population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; women; religious minorities; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people; prisoners; and people with disabilities. The ACLU of Illinois’ 501 (c)(3) arm, the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU of Illinois, advances the ACLU’s goals in Illinois through litigation, public policy advocacy, and raising public awareness on a broad array of issues affecting our basic constitutional rights.
The senior attorneys working for the ACLU of Illinois are seasoned veterans who have successfully argued tough civil liberties cases in the federal courts (including the U.S. Supreme Court) and in state courts. Our attorneys, along with more than 75 volunteer attorneys from leading law firms in Illinois, carry an extensive docket of important civil liberties cases and also successfully resolve scores of individual civil liberties violations without litigation. Working together, volunteer and staff attorneys protect the rights of tens of thousands of people and often set national precedents. The ACLU maintains crucial rights such as freedom of speech and the press, the right to assemble, the right to practice religion or not, the right to privacy, due process, and equal protection of the law. The ACLU’s legal efforts focus on several key projects including our Reproductive Rights Project, Racial Justice Project, Institutional Reform Project, Children’s Initiative, LGBT & HIV Project, and our Disability Rights Initiative.
In addition to submitting the PILI application, resume and cover letter, this agency may also request a writing sample, transcript and reference list if they wish to pursue your application further. Please apply as early as possible; applications are considered through March, and offers are extended as qualified people apply. Priority is given to law students who have completed their second year of law school. A limited number of funded positions are available. Students who can arrange their own funding should so indicate. We are an affirmative action employer. Women, people of color, people differently abled, and gay men and lesbians are especially encouraged to apply.
This agency is approved to host a Law Student Intern during the spring semester and during the summer. They are also approved to host Graduate Fellows.