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Legal Internship - Spring 2024

Job Details

San Francisco, CA
Optional Work from Home


Applications for Spring 2024 internships are due November 15, 2023. Applications will be evaluated as they are received. You are encouraged to apply early, as we will extend offers on a rolling basis. 


Job Description

Legal interns assist in all aspects of litigation, including legal research, factual investigation, and drafting of memoranda and briefs, while also helping with policy research, client counseling, and the development of public education materials (e.g., blog posts). EFF’s docket ranges across the technological and legal landscape, from online fair use of copyrighted materials to illegal government spying; take a look at and for details about our work preserving constitutional values in the digital world.


For school-year internships, we require at least 20 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks. Students at law schools on non-semester schedules are welcome to apply.


Internships are generally unpaid; arrangements should be made with the student’s law school for work-study stipends or course credit. In recent years, EFF has been able to offer limited stipends to interns who exhaust other sources of funding and will not receive course credit. Application decisions are need-blind, and EFF will allocate any funding on a case-by-case basis. 



  • Enrollment at, or recent graduation from, a U.S. law school - law students of all levels, including LLM students, are encouraged to apply
  • Demonstrated interest in and enthusiasm for civil liberties or technology-related legal issues
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • The initiative and energy to see projects to completion in a fast-moving environment
  • Preference will be given to candidates who are able to work in person at EFF’s San Francisco office at least one day per week, but all candidates local and remote are welcome to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be considered for anyone with a disability that makes in-person work a hardship.


Application Requirements & Instructions

Your application must include the following components:

  • A resume in PDF format
  • A cover letter in PDF format that explains why you want to work with EFF and why we should want to work with you
  •  writing sample (10 pages or fewer) in PDF format. Writing samples on civil liberties and/or intellectual property issues are highly preferred, as are litigation-oriented or otherwise persuasive writing samples.
  • Contact information for two references
  • A 1 to 2 paragraph (100 - 500 words) response to a short-answer questionThe question is as follows: Identify an issue that EFF has worked on in the past 5 years that you would be especially interested in working on, and tell us why.