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The Lawfare Project’s dynamic internship and externship programs provide law students with hand’s on experience in such fields as national and international human rights law, First Amendment law, and counterterrorism law. Interns are treated like junior attorneys, so they have the opportunity to do real legal work. Working directly with Lawfare Project staff attorneys, interns perform substantive legal research and compose memoranda and other written analysis on some of the most important issues facing the world today. Additionally, interns meet with and attend presentations featuring leading professionals from the legal, political, and counterterrorism spheres. Thanks to The Lawfare Project’s extensive press contacts, many interns have had their analyses published by the popular media.

About The Lawfare Project

The Lawfare Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit legal think tank located in New York City dedicated to identifying, analyzing, and responding to lawfare, the abuse and misapplication of law and legal systems as a weapon of war to achieve strategic political or militaristic ends. The primary goals of The Lawfare Project are: (i) to raise awareness about the phenomenon and specific instances of lawfare, assuring the subject matter receives the credibility and immediacy that it warrants; (ii) to facilitate (legal and non-legal) responses to the perversion and misapplication of international & national human rights law; (iii) to identify potential lawfare threats and mobilize human and institutional resources to combat them; and (iv) to bring diverse and interested parties together in a common forum to discuss the phenomenon.

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Law students from all ethnic, racial and economic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. All positions are unpaid, but interns and externs may be eligible to earn academic credit or public sector stipends through their schools. Ideal candidates will have a record of strong academic achievement and excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills. Completion of coursework in legal research and legal writing is preferred. An interest in current events relating to human rights, international law, and lawfare is also desirable.

Interested candidates may email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and recent transcript to The Lawfare Project’s Director of Research, Benjamin Ryberg, Esq., at Please reference “Internship” in the email’s subject line. For any questions about our Internship Program, please send us a message below.

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