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 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 CCR cases and a theoretical understanding of how legal advocacy can create social change.
As a member of the global Bertha Justice Network, the Center for Constitutional Rights hosts Bertha Justice Fellows to train the next generation of human rights and movement lawyers in pursuit of social justice. The Bertha Justice Fellowship Program provides two-year fellowships to emerging lawyers at the best public interest law centers around the world, where fellows get practical experience working alongside renowned professionals. The program will train 1,000 lawyers – who are motivated to work alongside activists and storytellers – in the next ten years. The Center for Constitutional Rights typically hosts four Bertha Justice Fellows.
At the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Bertha Justice Fellows will be assigned to work alongside lawyers in one of our three docket areas: (1) Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative; (2) Government Misconduct/Racial Justice; and (3) International Human Rights. There may also be opportunities to do work that straddles more than one docket.
Bertha Justice Fellows gain practical experience working alongside renowned professionals and build connections with a global network of like-minded Fellows and senior lawyers for solidarity and mentorship. Fellows get exposure to movement lawyering, in which lawyers are deeply connected with social movements and work collaboratively with activists to define legal strategies, and to the use of media as a tool to advance legal advocacy campaigns.
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.