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    Legal Internships and Externships

    The UCLA Voting Rights Project, part of the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative (LPPI) has openings for Legal Internships in Los Angeles, CA and Remote for (Fall/Spring/Summer).

    The UCLA Voting Rights Project is a leading national voting rights organization. The Project has litigated cases before the 5th Circuit on the right to vote during the COVID-19 pandemic; acted as expert witnesses in multiple voting rights cases in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Missouri; and is litigating vote dilution cases all over the United States.

    The opportunities include:

    1. Part-time or full-time externships for credit with the UCLA VRP
    2. Paid law fellows who are expected to work 15-20 hours per week. (Only open to UCLA Students)

    During 2021-2022, the UCLA VRP will be heavily engaged in litigation related to state and federal redistricting and expects externs and semester law fellows to be involved with our docket and receive litigation experience. Additionally, students will also be engaged in projects related to academic reports, law reviews, and other policy publications.

    During 2020, legal fellows assisted on two briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, helped prep attorneys for court arguments, drafted motions in numerous court proceedings, conducted analysis that was cited in upholding voting rights in federal courts, and co-authored published law review articles.

    Internship Overview

    • Time Commitment:
      • Fall/Spring internship can either be part-time or full time commitment of:
        • 10, 20, or 35 hours per week
      • Summer internships require full time/35 hours per week
    • Duration:
        • Fall/Spring: 12 week period
          • Fall: Last week of August-Last week of November
          • Spring: January- April
        • Summer: 10 week period

    Hiring Schedule:

    For Fall: accepting applications from June 1- June 20th, interviews the first week of July.

    For Spring: accepting applications from September 1- September 20th, interviews last week of September.

    For Summer: accepting applications from October 1- Jan 3rd, interviews on a rolling basis.

    Application Materials:

    • Resume
    • Writing Sample for no longer than 10 pages, preferably a document with a non-objective legal argument
    • 2 references that can speak to work product

    If applying for an externships:

    • All externship requirements for host organizations, including proposed paperwork and any paperwork required of host organization, must be submitted when applying.

    Students interested in an externship or fellow position should submit an application in PDF format that includes a resume, writing sample, and transcript to Sonni Waknin: sonni@uclavrp.org.

    Undergraduate and Graduate Internships for UCLA Students

    The UCLA Voting Rights Project is seeking to hire an undergraduate or graduate student with a strong interest in data analysis, data science, statistical analysis, and racial justice.

    The UCLA Voting Rights Project is a leading national voting rights organization housed within the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative. The project has litigated cases before the 5th Circuit on the right to vote during the COVID-19 pandemic, acted as expert witnesses in multiple voting rights cases in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Missouri, and is litigating vote dilution cases. For the next year, the UCLA VRP will be working on redistricting and ensuring fair maps for all.

    Experience and training with R or Stata is a plus. Research will include downloading and analyzing Census data, election data and merging and compiling datasets from multiple sources.  Interest in learning data scraping, and more advanced database management and coding is desired.This is a paid position and fellows are expected to work 10-20 hours per week.

    Students interested in applying must submit a resume to Sonni Waknin with the email subject [NAME 2021-2022 Statistics Fellow] by September 28, 2021.