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Summer Fellowship for Law Students

The Americans United for Life Summer Fellowship for Law Students represents a great opportunity to learn and serve with a top-notch public-interest law firm. AUL’s reputation is unmatched for high quality legal work aimed at making every child welcome in life and protected in law.” —Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard University

Every summer, law students from across the country apply for a limited number of openings in the Americans United for Life Summer Fellowship for Law Students. Law students with an interest in pro-life law come to the Washington D.C. metro area for a summer internship that is unparalleled.

AUL accepts first- and second-year students for up to eight weeks each summer at AUL’s Washington, DC office. Mentored by an AUL attorney, each fellow is tasked with a special legal project. During their summer, they also meet regularly with AUL staff in conjunction with their work.

Qualifications for acceptance into AUL's Summer Fellowship for Law Students include a firm commitment to life issues and demonstrated excellence both inside and outside the classroom. Additionally, we look for individuals who stand out to the faculty of their school. The fellowship program will:

  • Actively employ Fellows’ talents to advance AUL’s lifesaving work
  • Give Fellows a solid foundation of legal experience to build on
  • Introduce fellows to pro-life leaders, both within AUL and at other organizations in the pro-life movement
Summer Fellowship for Law Students Application Information
  • Who: Top law students with a commitment to protecting human life
  • When: 8 weeks during 1L or 2L summer; split summers accepted
  • Where: AUL’s Washington, DC office
  • To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references from faculty and/or lawyers by email to fellows@AUL.org
  • All applications must be received by April 1st, and earlier applications are encouraged
  • Contact fellows@aul.org for more information.
Summer Fellowship for Law Students Testimonials

"Thank you for an amazing summer. I was truly blessed to work with such wonderful individuals in the heart of the pro-life movement! Thank you for your guidance, fellowship, and optimism. This was an unforgettable summer." —Carolyn McDonnell, University of St. Thomas School of Law

"My summer with Americans United for Life affirmed my desire to close the judicial holes draining the dignity of human life. An internship with AUL traverses far beyond discussion of Roe in law school; it ignites opportunities for any student who wants to commit to advocate for the sanctity of life, both personally and professionally. Under the guidance of the entire AUL team, I studied the false legal premises cast by those promoting abortion, assisted suicide, and other bioethical issues. I am forever grateful to have learned and served at such an outstanding organization. —Eric Abels, The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law

"I have learned so much! The training was invaluable and working with Clarke Forsythe was fantastic. Thank you so much for making us part of the team, working with us, and training us in the pro-life cause." —Hugh C. Phillips, Liberty University School of Law

Internships & Externships

Internships

Americans United for Life seeks highly qualified and motivated undergraduate and graduate students to serve as interns. AUL internships are outstanding opportunities for exceptional students committed to life issues.

Interns are expected to work in AUL’s offices located in Washington, DC. Internships are typically unpaid, with some exceptions, and may be undertaken for credit (as approved by their school) or to fulfill other graduation requirements.

Qualifications for becoming an intern include a commitment to pro-life issues and demonstrated excellence both inside and outside the classroom. Additionally, we are looking for individuals who stand out to the faculty of their school.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, two professional or educational references, and two personal references by email to “interns@aul.org”.

AUL internships are customized for each student, based on schedule availability, area of interest, and skills.

Internship Testimonials

“The highlight of my internship at AUL was our frequent visits to Capitol Hill, attending several hearings and coalition meetings with Congressional leaders. The first-hand experience was incredibly beneficial because we were able to see how the work we were doing at AUL was actually relevant and impactful. Our projects and assignments went beyond meaningless busy work. At AUL, the interns play an important role and visiting the Capitol made that evident. Also, the intern office is awesome; we had a great view!” —Autumn Swain, University of Virginia

“AUL has the best pro-life internship around. What makes AUL stand out is having time to be face to face with professionals who specialize in and work on pro-life issues every day and getting to go in person to a number of hearings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.” —Westin Jablonowski, U.S. Senate staffer

Communications Internships

AUL seeks Communications Interns on a rolling basis to assist with social media, graphics and digital asset creation, writing, press releases, fact sheets, blog posts, and internal messaging, as well as podcast and video production, and earned media. AUL Communications Internships are typically project-based, serving as an excellent part of a student’s portfolio, and are designed to meet the needs of those in school, with flexibility to work both in-office and remotely. Students in the fields of communications, journalism, political science, and graphic design are especially invited to apply, though the internship is open to students of any major. Excellent writing skills are expected. Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, Canva, and graphic design tools is encouraged but not required. With sufficient time commitment, this internship provides a stipend. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, two professional or educational references, and two personal references by email to “interns@aul.org”.

Legal Externships

Americans United for Life (AUL) seeks highly-qualified and motivated law students to serve as legal externs. The externship is unpaid and may be undertaken for credit (as approved by the extern’s law school) or to fulfill other graduation requirements.

Qualifications

  • Excellent legal research and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work with minimal direct supervision. Students may participate in  AUL’s Externship program by either working in our Washington DC office or  by working remotely.
  • Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to AUL’s mission.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Externs provide legal research and drafting support for amicus briefs, model  legislation, and public policy educational material on the full spectrum of life  issues including abortion, bioethics, healthcare rights of conscience, and the end-of-life.
  • Externs will also work closely with AUL attorneys in researching, drafting, and  editing scholarly articles. These articles will be published in a variety of  resources and venues including AUL’s publications such as Defending Life (a  comprehensive state-by-state guide to life issues), law reviews, national  periodicals, and websites.
  • Externs will be asked to work an average of 10 hours per week.

To Apply

  • Applications will be accepted and considered on a “rolling basis.” The annual deadline for the Spring externship is January 30th, and the annual deadline for the Fall externship is September 10th.
  • Students wishing to pursue an externship for law school credit should apply early to ensure that registration and other requirements are met.
  • Send a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and list of three references to “resumes@aul.org” with “Fall Externship” in the subject line.
  • For more information, email “resumes@aul.org”.