The primary responsibilities of the Employment Litigation Section (ELS) are the enforcement of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA). ELS enforces Title VII -- which prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, sex, religion, and national origin -- against state and local government employers nationwide. ELS enforces USERRA, which prohibits discrimination in employment based on a person's past, current or future military obligation, against both private employers and state and local government employers nationwide.
Law student interns assist in investigations and litigation under Title VII and USERRA, including completing legal research projects, reviewing and summarizing documents and depositions, drafting portions of briefs and memoranda, and preparing for witness interviews. Interns receive assignments from different attorneys and across a range of substantive areas.
ELS hires part-time and full-time volunteer law student interns for the fall and spring semesters, and full-time volunteer law student interns for the summer. ELS prefers spring and fall interns to work at least 15 hours per week for at least 10 weeks, and prefers summer interns to work 40 hours per week for 10 weeks. Split-summer requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but all summer interns must commit to a minimum of 8 weeks with the Section. ELS is particularly interested in applicants with demonstrated interest or experience in civil rights matters, including employment discrimination work. ELS is only accepting applications from current law students at this time. The Section does not have internship opportunities for undergraduate students.
ELS accepts applications in the following time frames: Fall internships – applications accepted March 1- August 1; Spring internships – applications accepted August 1-December 15; Summer internships – applications accepted October 15-March 1 (and December 1-March 1 for 1Ls). Please note, however, that ELS reviews applications and extends offers on a rolling basis and may fill positions prior to the end of these application periods.