The ACLU of Ohio seeks outstanding law students to provide support for our civil litigation and policy efforts. The Law Clerk position is a unique opportunity for students to gain experience for a career in advocacy and public service. An important part of our integrated advocacy team, law clerks work with staff from various departments to advance civil liberties.

Applications are accepted throughout the year; new clerks are hired every semester as needed, including summer. We will be making our decision about summer clerkships by late February 2020.

Duties Include:

  • Perform legal research and writing related to Constitutional law, §1983, and other complex federal litigation.
  • Investigate complaints by researching facts and interviewing prospective clients.
  • Assist with lawsuits and legislative efforts involving voting rights, mass incarceration, free speech, LGBT rights, criminal justice, privacy, and reproductive rights.
  • Analyze pending bills and draft model bills.
  • Research issues of public policy and develop policy recommendations.
  • Public speaking on civil liberties issues.

Ideal candidates will have excellent legal research and writing skills; coursework in Constitutional law including First Amendment; Civil Procedure; Federal Courts; and Evidence; and demonstrated interest in civil liberties and social justice. Preference is given to students with clinical or moot court experience.

Hours are flexible and are typically arranged around the student’s class schedule. The position pays $12.00 per hour.

Law students seeking externships will also be considered. Externships are coordinated through each law school and are unpaid.

Law clerks can be based in our Cleveland or Columbus office.

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Please indicate which term you are interested in (i.e. summer 2018, fall 2018, etc.) and how you heard about ACLU of Ohio clerk opportunities.


ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.