The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky’s Legal Internship Program gives law students who have completed at least their first year of law school and one semester of Constitutional Law the opportunity to work with the organization’s Legal Team on a wide range of civil liberties issues. An affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Kentucky is a statewide organization whose office is located in Louisville, Kentucky. Its mission is to promote and defend individual civil liberties throughout the Commonwealth through education, advocacy, and litigation.

As an intern, you will be supervised directly by the ACLU of Kentucky’s Legal Director and work with the entire staff on a wide range of civil liberties issues. Legal experiences will range from legal research and brief writing to assisting with all phases of ongoing litigation. Additional opportunities may include conducting legislative analysis, screening and summarizing client intake, and conducting factual investigations into potential civil liberties violations.

Learn about our legal program here and meet the team here

Qualifications and Expectations

The ACLU of Kentucky seeks individuals who have completed at least their first year of law school and one semester of Constitutional Law, and who can demonstrate a proven work ethic, proven research and writing skills, and a desire to assist in defending the rights of individuals. Flexibility, professionalism, and the ability to work in a team environment are a must.

Interns are expected to work an average of 40 hours each week for a minimum of 8 to 10 weeks. Start and end dates can be adjusted to accommodate moving and other academic requirements. 


We encourage all applicants to seek public interest fellowship funds through their law school. If you are unable to secure funding from your law school for a public interest internship, the ACLU of Kentucky is able to provide the equivalent funding to make this opportunity more feasible for law students who would otherwise be required to seek paid employment over the summer. Internship selection is independent of and not contingent on access to external funding.

Application Process:

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to with the subject line: Legal Internship. Please indicate where you learned of this job posting in the cover letter. Applications are considered on a rolling basis, so interested students should apply as early as possible, and in any case no later than January 31, 2022.

The ACLU of Kentucky is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to having a diverse workplace and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Kentucky encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

The ACLU of Kentucky is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.



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