What better way to get involved with CCR than working here? Openings for fellowships, our Ella Baker Internship Program, other unpaid internships and staff positions are listed here. CCR is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and actively recruits people of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ people.
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. CCR will host four Bertha Fellows, starting in September 2018. This position requires a two-year commitment from September 2018 to September 2020.
The Bertha 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 which straddles different dockets.
Bertha Fellows at CCR are sponsored by the Bertha Foundation which hosts emerging lawyers at several legal organizations across the world. In addition to gaining legal experience on CCR cases, Bertha Fellows at CCR 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.
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.
CCR offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits. We hope you will review the current job openings and encourage you to check this page regularly, as new positions are posted here first.