Summer 2023 Externship

Summer 2023 Externship

Position: Law Clerk 

Areas of Practice: Immigration, Policing, Prisoners’ Rights, Employment, Religious Accommodations, Other Civil Rights  

Location: Atlanta, Georgia; Hybrid 

Reports to: Legal Director 

Application due date: Summer: March 31st; Fall: June 30th; Spring: October 15th. Early applications are encouraged.  

Start Date: Exact dates negotiable  

About CAIR Georgia  

CAIR-Georgia is the Georgia chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest civil liberties and advocacy group serving the Muslim community. Our mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, protect civil liberties, and empower Muslims in America to advocate for themselves. From restrictions placed on Muslims to practice their religion, to profiling and discrimination stemming from a lack of understanding of Islam, the need for CAIR in Georgia is great. The proof is reflected in the dramatic increase in civil rights cases by 250% from 2007 to 2013. CAIR-Georgia strives to ensure that Muslims in Georgia enjoy the same protections that all Americans have. 

The Opportunity  

Join America’s largest Muslim civil rights organization for first-hand experience working on a wide range of cases, serving clients from diverse backgrounds. Law clerks have the opportunity to assist in providing direct services to individuals impacted by discrimination and work on projects that highlight distinct civil rights issues ranging from immigration assistance (e.g., naturalization, adjustment of status, asylum and benefits delay), interacting with local and federal law enforcement and securing the rights of Muslims to practice their religion freely in the public sphere, schools, places of employment, prisons, and other institutions. 

Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Conduct intakes by communicating with and counseling a diverse group of callers and maintain detailed records of all communication 
  • Research discrimination, constitutional, employment, immigration, and national security laws to support representation of and advocacy for clients    
  • Legal writing including, but not limited to, drafting complaints, letters, and memos 
  • Communicate with administrative agencies, attorneys, employers, and others    
  • Participate in outreach efforts during religious services and community events as well as through CAIR’s Know Your Rights workshops  
  • Undertake term-long research and advocacy projects focusing on a host of issues such as prisoners’ rights, student bullying, law enforcement surveillance, and immigration reform    
  • Compile and organize data for legal department projects 

All law clerks are required to assist in general duties such as outreach, answering phones, and other office tasks. Law clerks may also be asked to participate in events outside of normal business hours. 


  • Current law students enrolled in a J.D./L.L.M. program, or those who have completed one of these programs and are looking for a post-bar opportunity 
  • Past experience or interest in working with diverse clients who have faced discrimination 
  • Sound legal research, analytical, and writing skills. One semester of legal research and writing preferred 
  • Demonstrated time management and multitasking abilities 
  • Ability to work independently, handle concurrent assignments, and meet deadlines 
  • Supportive of CAIR-Georgia’s mission 

Clerkships typically last from 8-10 weeks depending on the student’s academic calendar. Hours for an academic term clerkship are 10-15 hours per week (Fall/Spring) and 30-35 hours for a summer clerkship. 

To Apply 

Please send an email to [email protected] with (1) a cover letter discussing your interest in the position, (2) your resume, (3) a writing sample, and (4) the names and contact information of three references. In your cover letter, please address your interest in the organization and its mission and make the case for the relevance of your experience to the key areas of focus.