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Summer 2020 Legal Intern

Detroit, MI

The Detroit Justice Center seeks passionate legal interns to join our team. DJC is founded on the belief that we cannot build cities that work for everyone without remedying the impacts of mass incarceration and transforming our justice system. This mission requires innovative ways of community lawyering—rooted in defensive and offensive fights for racial justice and economic equity—that build up our poorest residents through direct services and novel approaches to land use, housing, and employment.

Our interns will join our team in Detroit to work on a varied caseload, including advocacy, direct representation, litigation, community education, and research. Interns will engage with our multi-faceted approach to movement lawyering, community engagement and policy change.  

Over ten weeks, our interns will see first-hand the unique opportunities and challenges of implementing a movement lawyering approach in Detroit. Interns will receive structured training to develop and deepen their understanding of movement lawyering through a curriculum of weekly readings, seminars, and reflections. We will also be partnering with other movement lawyering organizations, including Amistad Law Project, Community Justice Project, and Law for Black Lives, to host an opening retreat and cross-organizational exchanges, so interns can learn about, and engage with, other organizational approaches to movement lawyering.

Our goal is to train and develop the next generation of movement lawyers. We hope you’ll apply.


2L applicants must submit their applications by November 1
1L applicants must submit their applications by December 16

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Our application is jointly coordinated with Amistad Law Project, Community Justice Project, and Law for Black Lives. If you’re interested in interning at any of these organizations, please mark your preference in the application. If your first choice is unable to offer you a position, we will forward your application to your other choices.  

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a summer stipend, but we are working to ensure all our summer interns are resourced. We are happy to support law students' applications for funding through their law schools or other grants. If you cannot obtain funding through these sources, we will work with you to obtain other forms of funding.

To Apply for an internship during the school year: Please send a cover letter and resume with two references in one Word or PDF file to with the subject: “DJC Intern”. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.