At SCSJ, we empower the people and communities that change the South. As an intern or volunteer, you will too.
SCSJ’s legal intern and volunteer program is designed to provide substantive learning experiences in a public advocacy environment. Interns and volunteers work on-site in SCSJ’s office in Durham, NC and in the communities it serves. Their work supports SCSJ programs protecting minority voting rights; strengthening meaningful opportunities for effective civic participation; fighting the school-to-prison pipeline; and eliminating racial bias in the criminal justice system, ending mass incarceration, and removing unjust barriers faced by persons with criminal records.
SCSJ hosts several law student interns each Summer to work on a variety of our cases and campaigns. We seek 1Ls and 2Ls who have demonstrated a commitment to public interest work and SCSJ’s racial justice and community lawyering mission. If you have any questions about our legal internship opportunities, please contact Whitley Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Whitley Carpenter at email@example.com. Please specify in your cover letter which project(s) you are applying for.
The Southern Coalition for Social Justice will consider hosting recent law school graduates through established and grant-funded fellowship positions, such as Equal Justice Works, Skadden Fellowships, and Soros Justice Fellowships. If you would like us to consider hosting you, please submit a resume and cover letter to Whitley Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your cover letter should identify which fellowship program you will apply to and detail your fellowship project proposal and how it fits within SCSJ’s mission. Traditionally, a potential fellow should contact us in the summer before or fall semester of their 3L year. We are unfortunately unable to assist potential fellows in identifying or drafting their fellowship projects prior to agreeing to be a host site.
If you are interested in volunteering, please send an e-mail with the following information to Kristen Powers (email@example.com):
- Date and hour availability
- How you first heard of SCSJ
- Area(s) of interest
- One recommendation (contact information is sufficient)