Since 1988, CCR has trained the next generation of "people's lawyers" through its renowned Ella Baker Summer Internship Program. The program is designed for students in their first or second year of law school. During the summer, law students assist CCR attorneys with their case loads while taking part in educational seminars and talks.
CCR offers internships throughout the year in its Legal, Communications, and Development departments to law school, graduate, undergraduate, and high school students on an as-needed basis, for which school credit may be offered when appropriate. Generally, term-time internship opportunities will be posted, with application instructions, in the middle of the preceding semester. Please check this page regularly as internships will be posted here – at the bottom of this page – first.
The Bertha Justice Fellowship at the Center for Constitutional Rights is a two year program for emerging lawyers (0-2 years out of law school) who are interested in gaining both practical experience working on cutting-edge social justice litigation and a theoretical understanding of how legal advocacy can create social change. The Center for Constitutional Rights typically hosts four Bertha Justice Fellows.
The Bertha Justice Fellows will have an opportunity to work on a broad range of our cases and projects often challenging oppressive and intersecting systems of power -- including challenging racial oppression, gender oppression including hetero-patriarchy, economic repression and abusive state power. Our work focuses on racial justice, immigrant rights, combating mass incarceration and economic inequality, gender justice and the struggle for LGBT liberation, international human rights, protecting the right to dissent and the struggle to free Palestine, and addressing government overreach, including the Guantánamo detentions, surveillance and Muslim profiling.
Bertha Justice Fellows are sponsored by the Bertha Foundation which hosts emerging lawyers at several legal organizations across the world. In addition to gaining legal experience on our cases, Bertha Justice Fellows will have opportunities to (1) attend regional and international meetings, (2) network with lawyers from around the world and (3) receive additional mentoring and non-traditional training such as leadership, media and advocacy, activism and movement building.
We offer opportunities for Bertha Justice Fellowship positions every two years. Openings are recruited for nearly one year in advance from September to approximately December, with the upcoming class of Bertha Justice Fellows hired by January and starting in September. Please see the job listing(when applicable) for more information and instructions on submitting an online application.
Current Class of Bertha Justice Fellows
The current (2018-2020) Bertha Justice Fellows are Lupe Aguirre, Aya Saed, Astha Sharma Pokharel, and Brittany Thomas.
Previous Bertha Justice Fellows were:
- 2016-2018: Stephanie Llanes, Britney Wilson, and Noor Zafar.
- 2014-2016: Zachery Morris, Somalia Samuel and Omar Shakir
- 2012-2014: Susan Hu, Jessica Lee, and Chauniqua Young
CCR offers limited volunteer opportunities on an as-needed basis. Here are a couple of volunteer opportunities that occur on a monthly basis that might be of interest:
- CCR hosts monthly volunteering sessions (on a weekday) for people interested in helping with general office tasks, mainly stuffing envelopes and sending out mass mailings.
- CCR and the National Lawyers Guild host a monthly mailing party (on a weekday evening) of our Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook.The Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook (JLH) is a resource for prisoners who wish to file claims that their Constitutional rights have been violated while in prison.
If you are interested, please contact us, and list "Volunteer at CCR" as your reason. If you have not already, we urge you to sign up for our email list to learn about upcoming events, action opportunities, and educational initiatives.