Summer Internships

The Center for Appellate Litigation (“CAL”) is a non-profit law firm of forty attorneys and other legal staff dedicated to the pursuit of equal justice under the law for indigent New Yorkers in their criminal appeals or other post-conviction proceedings.  We believe all people deserve dignity, respect, and the right to be heard and treated fairly when their liberty has been taken from them or threatened, regardless of their ability to pay for an attorney.

CAL is hiring for its appellate criminal defense internship for the summer of 2019.

Job Description: CAL is seeking full-time volunteer criminal defense interns for the summer of 2019. The internship has three main components:

(i) helping clients resolve the day-to-day problems they face during their incarceration;

(ii) working closely with experienced appellate attorneys on substantive writing projects, including briefs and motions; and

(iii) preparing clients for parole appearances and submitting materials on their behalf to the Parole Board.

In addition, students may have the opportunity to assist with our other special projects. Interns will have extensive hands-on contact with our clients and their family members, and significant responsibilities in all aspects of case investigation and drafting legal documents.

CAL particularly welcomes applications from people of color; people with disabilities; and gay, lesbian, and transgender people.

Qualifications: We are looking for first- and second-year law students who are self-starters. Applicants must have good communication skills, and must possess a strong interest in criminal defense work and in advocating for indigent clients convicted of crimes.

How to Apply:

  • 2Ls: We will accept applications from 2Ls between Tuesday, September 4, 2018, and Friday, October 26, 2018.
  • 1Ls: We will accept applications from 1Ls between Monday, December 3, 2018, and Monday, January 7, 2019.

We will conduct interviews and make offers on a rolling basis, so we encourage applicants to apply early.

Interested students should e-mail a cover letter and resume in a single PDF with the subject line “2019 Internship” to internship@cfal.org. No phone calls please.


Please note that CAL is no longer accepting applications for the Immigrant Justice Project internship for summer 2019.