ABA ROLI Legal Internships (Fall 2018)

  • Internship, Volunteer opportunity
  • Posted on 9 August 2018

Job Description

The American Bar Association Rule of Law Legal Internship Program

The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is pleased to consider applications for its Fall 2018 Internship Program. ABA ROLI serves as the international development wing of the American Bar Association and seeks to promote justice, economic opportunity, and human dignity through the rule of law. ABA ROLI seeks interns to assist headquarters staff with a wide variety of the day-to-day support functions that are pertinent to the operations of an international NGO. Legal internships are available to graduate students, law students, and recent graduates of post-grad degree programs depending on current staffing needs. Dates and daily schedules may be flexible in response to departmental needs, and correspond roughly to academic terms for spring, summer, and fall semesters. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Terms of the Program:

Interns for ABA ROLI will work with staff of their assigned division to gain an understanding of international development programs and international rule of law issues. In general, ABA ROLI offers International Development and Legal Internships, which differ somewhat in their expected responsibilities and desired applicant profiles. International Development openings will support various aspects of program implementation for DC-based regional and support teams, while Legal openings will be more heavily research-based and tailored toward graduate and law students. For more information on the ABA ROLI International Development Internship Program, which is separate from the Legal Internship, please visit: https://www.devex.com/jobs/aba-roli-international-development-internships-spring-2018-518939

Although these are unpaid positions, interns at ABA ROLI are eligible for a wide variety of perks and learning opportunities including:

  • Transportation reimbursement up to $15.00/day
  • Field trips to D.C. legal destinations such as the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Supreme Court and Library of Congress
  • Brown-bag lunches with ABA ROLI staff and guest speakers

How to apply: If you are interested in an ABA ROLI internship, please submit a resume and cover letter indicating your preference from the list of positions below, as well as your availability for the Spring semester. If you are interested in being considered for all openings, please indicate that you are interested as a “Generalist.” ABA ROLI will try to match candidates to their top choice whenever possible, but highly value candidate flexibility throughout the selection process.

Please visit the following link to apply: https://www.devex.com/jobs/aba-roli-legal-internships-spring-2018-518942


While the hiring needs of each individual opening may differ, ABA ROLI generally requires the following qualifications for all legal internships:

  • JD/LL.M students or recent graduates or internationals with a LL.B or foreign equivalent seeking relevant postgraduate international affairs degree;
  • Strong commitment to public interest law and/or international development, as evidenced by relevant experience and coursework;
  • Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills;
  • Proficiency with MS Office;
  • International development experience highly desirable but not required; knowledge of foreign languages is a plus;

Available Internships:

Please indicate your internship preference in your cover letter. ABA ROLI also welcomes “Generalist” internship applications.

Legal Internships:

Executive Office Research Intern

  • Key Responsibilities: The intern will support the Executive Director of Global Programs at the American Bar Association by performing research assistant tasks and other professional duties. This research will include systematic searching and screening of academic articles related to international development and human rights and other ABA ROLI initiatives, reading and coding information from articles, performing simple data analysis, creating tables and graphs, writing sections of papers, and preparing PowerPoint presentations. Research tasks will also include identifying and summarizing documents to support background analysis. Other professional duties may include updating project trackers, printing and collating documents, and assisting with logistics for brownbag lunches. The intern may be asked to attend outside events and take notes or tweet.
  • Preferred Qualifications: Candidates should be current law students or LLM graduates. We will consider candidates who are available 15-25 hours a week for the next four to six months. Strong research, analytical, communication, and organization skills.

Development and Operations Intern

  • Key Responsibilities: The intern will support the Executive Office by designing and integrating innovative solutions to support knowledge management and organizational design, ensuring that ABA ROLI’s know-how, information, and collective experience are effectively shared across the organization. Help design, maintain, and share organizational know-how in online published formats including Google Drive, Google Docs, and process mapping. Collaborate with the ABA Development team to help with donor mapping and research of US and non-US foundations as needed. Strategize creative outreach mechanisms for increasing awareness of ABA ROLI’s work.
  • Preferred Qualifications: Undergraduate and MA students pursuing degrees in Office Administration, Marketing, Communications, Government Affairs, or Public Policy. Strong research, analytical, communication, and organization skills.

Women and Girls Empowered (WAGE)

  • Key Responsibilities: The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is pleased to invite applications for its unpaid Women and Girls Empowered (WAGE) Internship program based in Washington, D.C. The intern will support the implementation of an integrated women’s economic empowerment program in El Salvador and Honduras. Among others, the intern will assist with the WAGE Website development and social media strategy, assist in research, and analysis of legal and structural barriers to female entrepreneurship (including violence against women and girls) and assist in program management, monitoring, evaluation, and event planning.
  • Preferred qualifications: The WAGE internship is primarily suitable for J.D. and LL.M. students and graduates, but MA students and graduates with relevant knowledge and experience may apply as well. Spanish language skills are desirable. Interest and/or experience in website development and social media also highly desirable

Global Programs Intern

  • Key Responsibilities: The intern will assist in research and preparation of unsolicited proposals as well as implementation of existing labor programming and expected programming related to lead paint legislative reform.
  • Preferred Qualifications: At least some legal background (e.g., JD student); Strong research, analytical, communication, and organization skills; Familiarity with Oce suite (especially Word, Excel, and Powerpoint); Ability to work independently; Interest and some familiarity with issues related to environmental governance; sustainable and socially responsible supply chains, including in labor and environmental areas; regulation of toxic substances; and general business and human rights.

About the Organization

ABA ROLI is a non-profit organization that implements legal reform programs in roughly 50 countries around the world. ABA ROLI has nearly 500 professional staff work­ing abroad and in its Washington, D.C. office. ABA ROLI’s host country partners include judges, lawyers, bar associations, law schools, court administrators, legislatures, ministries of justice and a wide array of civil society organi­zations, including human rights groups.

For more information about what we do at ABA ROLI please visit: https://www.americanbar.org/advocacy/rule_of_law/about.html

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