Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Intern and Attorney Positions with the Department of Justice

The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is currently accepting applications for their Honors Attorney Program and their paid Summer Law Intern Program, as well as for volunteer summer opportunities.

Established by the Civil Rights Act of 1957, the Civil Rights Division has grown in size and scope over the decades. The landmark civil rights laws of the 1960s greatly expanded civil rights protections, as well as the jurisdiction of the Division. Our statutes aim to protect the civil rights not only of racial and ethnic minorities, but also of religious minorities; women; immigrants; persons with disabilities; servicemembers; individuals housed in public institutions; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals; and individuals who come from other nations and speak other languages.

Over the decades, the Division has been instrumental in many of our nation’s battles to advance civil rights, from the desegregation of our nation’s schools to the prosecution of hate crimes, from ensuring girls and women have equal opportunities in schools and the workplace to guaranteeing that individuals with disabilities can access civic services to which we all have a right. Today, the Division continues to combat traditional civil rights violations, while also addressing new, emerging challenges to equal justice and equal rights.

For more information, please see the postings on Symplicity.