Summer Legal Internships

CCLA Summer Legal Internships 2014

 The Canadian Civil Liberties Association invites applications for our summer legal internship positions.

Legal interns have the opportunity to engage in substantive legal work relating to CCLA’s ongoing advocacy efforts in civil liberties and human rights.  Interns work closely with the organization’s lawyers on a variety of projects. The work may include monitoring human rights and civil liberties issues, legal and policy-based research and analysis, engaging with and responding to public enquiries, developing materials for the public on ongoing advocacy campaigns and current issues, organizing events,  and assisting in the development of advocacy letters, legislative briefs and litigation materials.

While the CCLA is not in a position to fund these positions, law students are sometimes able to secure funding through fellowships or bursaries offered through their law schools or independent sources.  In addition, students summering at law firms are sometimes able to obtain a secondment from their firm to spend a portion of the summer working at CCLA.

Most interns work in CCLA’s Toronto office four or five days a week, for a minimum of 12 weeks during the summer, however part-time and alternative arrangements are available.


This internship is open to law students, law graduates, and graduate students with expertise in Canadian law, public policy, political science, or other relevant fields of study. Applicants should be reliable, well-organized and self-motivated, with a demonstrated interest in civil liberties, human rights, and public policy. Strong writing skills are essential. Personal or professional experience working with non-governmental organizations is highly desirable. Bilingualism and the ability to write professionally in French is a strong plus.  CCLA is an equal opportunity organization, and is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in its practices.

To Apply:

Please email your resume, a cover letter, transcripts, and a short (800 words max) unedited writing sample to  Reference letters are not necessary, but will be accepted.  Please use “Legal Internship Application” as your subject line.  The application deadline is 12 PM on Wednesday 5 February, 2014.  Only those invited for an interview will be contacted.

If you are seeking a fellowship, or other source of funding, and have a deadline prior to the above, please contact Noa Mendelsohn Aviv at