Lawyers Without Borders Internships in USA

Organisation Name: Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB)
Position: LWOB Intern
Location: New haven CT and Washington DC (USA)
No. of places available: 2

About the Organisation
Lawyers Without Borders is an organization that manages  volunteering lawyers from around the world who offer pro bono service to rule of law projects, capacity building and access to justice initiatives.

About the Internship
Duration: 3 months
LWOB offers unpaid internships to law and undergraduate students and young lawyers in New haven CT and Washington DC (USA) during the following US periods

Fall 2017 (September)
Winter 2017 (December)
January 2018
Spring 2018 (March)

Position Description
LWOB will consider requests to volunteer for up to 30 continuous (full time) days during January break, largely dependent upon the strength of the applicant’s academic record and CV. Students applying from abroad will be considered for the January term internship, on a case by case basis. Otherwise, due to the lengthy paperwork and lead time, students applying from abroad will generally only be considered for a long-term full time (3 months or longer) internship. All immigration documentation, visa permissions and costs for international applicants for any internship are the responsibility of the applicant. Foreign applicants please note, US law bars interning on a tourist visa. 

Law Students please note, we do not guarantee that you will have opportunities to do legal research during your internship–although we will make an effort to provide at least one or more meaningful large scale legal research assignments for you. 

Field Assignments: We will support any fellowship applications or proposals you may seek in connection with field work in the above cities. However, you must first have a concrete plan and funding strategy before scheduling a first meeting with LWOB to discuss your proposal.

Other Requirements
Intern applicants should:

  • Speak and write fluent English, (2nd language fluency in Spanish, Arabic, Farsi and/or French, is a plus) 
  • Have a strong academic record and/or diverse international experience credentials
  • Have a commitment to make a difference in the pro bono legal or human rights sectors  
  • Work well in a team environment.  
  • Work independently, take initiative and require modest supervision 
  • Apply creative approaches to traditional subjects 
  • During school term, commit to a minimum two full 8 hour days per week or 16-20 hours per week. Fall/Spring interns are expected to start their internships within one week of the start of classes and complete the internship approximately 1 week before exams or term close.
  • Summer interns 8 to 10 uninterrupted weeks in summer 
    (Please arrange your summer breaks or vacations before or after your internship, not during). Students applying for summer internships and available for 10 or more weeks will be given preference over equally qualified applicants for shorter time periods. 

Scholarships & Funding
For further information about available scholarships and funding please click on the links below:

How to Apply

Please apply at least 3 months prior to intended start date directly to Lawyers Without Borders by following their instructions on their website: 

You will then need to submit a ‘self-sourced’ application by following the step-by-step guide  on how to apply for ATS3130 Arts International Internship. For further queries please email us, the International WIL Team, via