Legal Internship in Dallas, TX (Remote)

LEGAL INTERNSHIP (FALL 2021)

LOCATION: DALLAS, TX (REMOTE)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: ROLLING BASIS, APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED ASAP

Workers Defense is looking for a fall legal intern for the Employment and Legal Services program!  This position provides a unique opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment that connects legal advocacy to innovative policy and organizing initiatives.  This position is for law students eager to engage in meaningful work with a movement building organization committed to advancing the rights of working people in the state of Texas with a deep commitment to social justice. 

HOW TO APPLY:

Send a resume and cover letter to internships@workersdefense.org with the subject “Legal Internship.” In your application materials, please be sure to indicate your Spanish proficiency and whether you are interested in a part-time or full-time internship. All attachments submitted should be in .pdf format. Incomplete applications will not be considered. While there is no firm application deadline, it is recommended that candidates submit their materials as soon as possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis


THIS ROLE IN ACTION:

  • Conduct legal and policy research to support WDP’s ongoing strategic campaigns
  • Assist in the development of employment cases on behalf of WDP members
  • Interview clients and potential clients, support ongoing litigation, and assist individual workers in filing and pursuing claims with administrative agencies
  • Closely collaborate with our Organizing and Policy departments across the state

WHAT YOU’LL BRING:

  • Completed at least first year of law school (required)
  • Strong proficiency in both writing and speaking in Spanish (preferred)
  • Commitment to racial, economic, and social justice
  • Interest in using the law creatively in the fight for systemic change
  • Ability to work and communicate well with diverse groups of people
  • Availability to work some evenings, as needed

WHAT WE OFFER:

  • Compensation of $15/hr
  • Part-time (10-20 hrs/wk) or full-time (30-40 hrs/wk)
  • Willing to work with intern to access class credit
  • Meaningful experience  and professional growth

ABOUT WORKERS DEFENSE PROJECT:

Created in 2002, WDP is a statewide, membership-based organization devoted to workers’ rights and advocacy, chiefly aiming to build power among Texas construction workers. Its mission – to empower low-income workers to achieve fair employment through education, direct services, organizing and strategic partnerships – is accomplished through a network of dedicated staff, volunteers and members. WDP has won numerous awards for its cutting-edge achievements within one of the country’s most difficult climates for workers. The New York Times described WDP as “one of the most creative organizations for immigrant workers in the country.”

Workers Defense organizations are equal opportunity employers and actively encourage and recruit people of color, immigrants, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals to apply.

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