Legal Internship

NVRDC is currently accepting applications for our Summer 2019 Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Legal Intern!

Position Summary:

As part of the Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Program, NVRDC seeks to utilize a Legal Intern to act as an advocate for victims of campus sexual assault, hate crime, fraud and identity theft, and immigrant victims with meritorious claims for immigration relief. The Legal Intern will be supervised by the Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellow in conjunction with the Legal Intern Coordinator, both licensed attorneys.

The Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Legal Intern will receive a $3,200 stipend and are to serve a minimum of eight (8) weeks full-time hours, typically between the months of May and August.

This program is supported by an award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, Award Number 2017-MU-MU-K131, and private funding.

About Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps:

The Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps is a legal fellowship program designed to increase capacity and access to civil legal help for crime victims. A cohort of approximately sixty fellows are placed at nonprofit organizations across the country to provide direct representation, outreach, and education, to victims of crimes, including human trafficking, fraud/identity theft, campus sexual assault, and hate crime, and immigrant victims of crime with meritorious claims for immigration relief.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conducting client intakes with NVRDC staff attorneys

  • Assisting attorneys with case preparation for Civil Protection Order cases at DC Superior Court, including drafting opening statements, direct examinations, and closing arguments as well as organizing evidence and preparing exhibits

  • Performing legal research and writing memoranda on cutting-edge legal issues related to crime victims' rights, Civil Protection Orders, and Title IX

  • Drafting motions and other pleadings in criminal cases and Civil Protection Order cases

  • Drafting educational and promotional materials for NVRDC's outreach efforts

  • Accompanying NVRDC attorneys to court hearings in Civil Protection Order and criminal cases

  • Attending community outreach events

  • Performing other duties as needed


Desired Intern Qualifications:

  • Enthusiasm and passion for NVRDC's mission and an interest in crime victims' rights

  • Relevant experience or knowledge related to crime victims' rights, advocacy for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, or other related fields. (Note that this is preferred but not required)

  • Strong legal research and writing skills

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Ability to take initiative and be pro-active

  • Desire to work in a fast-paced work environment


How to Apply: 

Please fill out Internship Application here. Applications will be reviewed once the application closes on March 1st, 2019.

Once you have completed the application, please email a copy of your resume to the Legal Intern Coordinator, Ruth Perrin, at ruth@nvrdc.org, and the EJW CVCJ Fellow, Heba Estafanous, at heba@nvrdc.org.