Legal Research Intern, Open Society Justice Initiative (Fall/Winter)

Open Society Foundations - New York, NY4.2

Part-time | Internship$18 an hour
New York. Posting Date: 07/19/2019. Deadline: 08/22/2019
The Justice Initiative is an operational program of the Open Society Foundations. Rather than giving grants, the Justice Initiative’s lawyers, advocates, and staff pursue legal work that supports the broader mission and values of Open Society. The Open Society Justice Initiative uses litigation, advocacy, and legal empowerment to promote and defend justice and human rights. We work with partners around the world to ensure that law—too often an instrument of powerful people alone—is shaped and employed for the benefit of all. Our lawyers have represented scores of individuals and groups before domestic and international courts and tribunals around the world. These cases seek not only to vindicate individual claims, but to set precedents to establish and strengthen the law’s protections. Working with partners, we also document violations, propose and pilot solutions, engage policymakers, and draw on our global legal experience so that access to justice can be available to everyone.

The Open Society Justice Initiative is seeking current law school and other advanced degree graduate students to join our team as Legal Research Interns in our New York or London office. With close supervision by an assigned mentor, interns will learn about the various tools available for researching issues, engaging in oral and written persuasive techniques, and drafting reports and legal memoranda related to human rights related advocacy in the areas of focus of the Justice Initiative.

Legal research interns will receive hands-on training on the various methodologies used by public interest advocacy groups to foster and encourage reform, inclusion, human rights, and the building of legal capacity for open societies. Interns will be instructed, and receive hands-on training, on many of the broad range of activities involved in effectuating reform, human rights, and the building of legal capacity for open societies, including but not limited to, the identification of an injustice to be remedied, the formulation of a comprehensive action plan, and the research and writing involved in research memoranda, reports and studies associated with a project.

The internship term extends from October through January, and requires a part-time (20 hours/week) commitment.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

Draft legal and non-legal reports and memoranda for relevant to projects in our four core thematic areas: accountability, liberty and transparency; criminal justice; equality and inclusion; and rule of law;
Conduct all-source research via websites, Lexis/Nexis, foreign source materials, academic studies, oral interviews of experts, legal and political documents, Library of Congress materials, etc;
Attend scheduled staff conference calls and relevant meetings hosted by think tanks, nongovernmental organizations, government briefings, etc;
Assist with the development of web-site and advocacy materials as needed.;
attend relevant meetings hosted by think tanks and government and non-government agencies

Currently enrolled in a relevant law school or graduate program
Highly motivated and have demonstrated excellence in prior endeavors
Strong communication, interpersonal and computer skills
Demonstrated ability to write effectively and analyze and summarize complex information
Desire to function in a team environment
Ability to multi-task while remaining attentive to detail.
Ability to effectively manage working efficiently in a fast-paced environment, troubleshoot and follow projects through to completion, with strict deadlines and without loss of attention to detail, budget, and reporting.

New York: Graduate interns will receive 18 USD/hour.

London: Graduate interns will receive 12 GBP/hour.

Competitive rates of pay apply.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job.