Legal Policy Intern



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150 West 62nd Street
New York
United States


The National Center for Access to Justice (NCAJ) works with data to expand justice. NCAJ is doing this work at a time when inequality is at its zenith in American society, when facts have been called into question, when news is characterized as false, and when the problems of poverty are especially extreme. NCAJ is seeking law students for summer 2019.

We work on justice system reform in the United States, focusing especially on the civil justice system, and its points of connection with the criminal justice system. Civil justice problems are less known than criminal justice problems, but they lead to unnecessary evictions, foreclosures, domestic violence incidents, debt collections, denials of food and medical care, and other outcomes that disrupt lives, including by pushing people into isolation, onto the streets, into jails and even into prison.

We seek students who are committed to the public interest, passionate about justice, thoughtful about the use of data in society, and interested in the civil justice system. Excellent writing is a requirement. Skill with policy analysis, data analysis and/or technology, including data visualization, is a plus.

This summer, NCAJ will be working on multiple fronts: expanding and updating the Justice Index (including a new initiative to cover court-imposed fines and fees), and writing about topics that include the relationship between racial justice and the civil justice reform movement, costs of dysfunction in the civil justice system, and causes of incarceration.

If you are interested in spending the summer with NCAJ, please email Amy Widman, NCAJ’s Deputy Director,, explaining your interest and qualifications, and including your resume, a writing sample, and contact information for two or more people as references. NCAJ will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis.

How To Apply

Email cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and contact information for two or more people as references to Amy Widman, Deputy Director, at Please reference "2019 summer internship" in the subject line.