Summer Legal Internship

 

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Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University Published: February 14, 2017
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Description

The newly established Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University is looking for its inaugural class of summer legal interns. We want creative, motivated, and committed law students to join us in the defense of the freedoms of speech and the press. You’ll get to do ground-breaking First Amendment litigation and to help us in the early stages of building an exciting new free-speech advocacy and research organization.

About us

The Knight First Amendment Institute works to preserve and expand the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age through strategic litigation, research, and public education. We’ll tackle a wide range of issues including free speech on social media, net neutrality, government surveillance, intermediary liability, the rights of whistleblowers, the right of journalists to protect their sources, the right of citizens to record and broadcast police activity, encryption, machine speech, and government transparency.

What you’ll do

Your primary responsibility as a legal intern will be to support our litigation. You’ll work alongside the Institute’s attorneys on all aspects of our litigation, including the exploration of new lawsuits, the research and analysis of legal questions, the development of litigation strategy, and the drafting of factual and legal memoranda, affidavits, and briefs.

Given how new the Institute is, we’ll look to you for a bit more this summer. As we build the Institute, we’ll ask for your help with some of the foundational decisions we are making about our litigation and research priorities for the next few years.

Qualifications

The summer legal internship is open to law students who will have completed their first year of law school before the internship begins. Applicants should possess excellent research, writing, and communication skills, and have a deep commitment to human rights principles and to the freedoms of speech and the press in particular.

The internship is full-time, and we’ll give preference to those who can commit to a ten-week term. We’ll pay a modest stipend to students who don’t receive outside funding or course credit.

About the Knight First Amendment Institute

The Knight First Amendment Institute works to preserve and expand the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age through strategic litigation, research, and public education. We’ll tackle a wide range of issues including free speech on social media, net neutrality, government surveillance, intermediary liability, the rights of whistleblowers, the right of journalists to protect their sources, the right of citizens to record and broadcast police activity, encryption, machine speech, and government transparency.

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