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Summer Legal Internship Opportunity

American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota Foundation

Position Announcement: Summer Legal Internship

The ACLU of South Dakota, a private, non-profit organization, is the state's guardian of freedom that works to promote and defend civil liberties in South Dakota. To achieve our mission, we manage legal, legislative and public education programs on a broad range of constitutional issues including discrimination, free speech, religious freedom, reproductive rights, GLBT rights, and privacy. To learn more about the work of the ACLU and the civil liberties principles we uphold, please visit and

Position Overview

The ACLU of South Dakota seeks highly motivated law students for internships in the Sioux Falls office. Legal internships are part-time, approximately 10 to 20 hours a week, and run the length of the students' summer break. Virtually all intern work involves civil liberties and constitutional law. Educational benefits include obtaining hands-on experience in applying constitutional theories and case law to legal problems, and learning how to conduct factual investigation of complaints. Students become familiar with administrative regulations and agency protocols, while developing a practical understanding of constitutional law. The interns will be supervised by an ACLU staff attorney.

Job Responsibilities

Student interns perform legal research and writing, help with the affiliate's non-litigation advocacy work, and occasionally draft portions of court papers. When possible, interns attend appellate arguments, trial proceedings and depositions. There is also a limited amount of fact investigation and individual complaint resolution. Student interns also participate in legal staff meetings.

Ideal Experience and Qualifications

Applicants must have good academic standing and be a 1L. Applicants should have an interest in civil liberties and civil rights, good interpersonal and analytical skills, self-motivation and the ability to see projects through to completion, and the ability to write in a clear and concise manner. Experience with constitutional law is not required, but preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

Legal internships are unpaid.

To Apply

Students should send one copy of their cover letter, resume, writing sample and list of references by February 15, 2011 to: ACLU of South Dakota 401 E 8th Street Suite 226, Sioux Falls SD 57103 or email to

The ACLU is committed to equal opportunity/affirmative action and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to apply.

The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation . The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties.

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