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Eligibility and Requirements


  • First- or second-year student at an accredited law school.
  • Excellent research, writing and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in labor-related public interest law.
  • Preferred: Successful completion of labor law courses; experience in organizing and activism with community, political, campus or other social justice organizations.
  • Available for placement at the location assigned* and able to complete the entire 10-week program, from May 31, 2016, through Aug. 5, 2016.

Application Requirements

  • To apply, send the following: cover letter,  application,  résumé, writing sample, law school transcript (may be unofficial) and complete and current contact information for three references (a combination of academic and work/internship-related references is preferred).
  • Submit by email, facsimile or regular mail to:

AFL-CIO Law Student Union Summer
815 16th St., N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20006
Phone: 202-637-5385
Fax: 202-637-5323

Deadline: Oct. 19, 2015 for 2Ls and Jan. 15, 2016 for 1Ls


  • The stipend for the 10-week educational program is $600/week,** paid by the AFL-CIO Law Student Union Summer (LSUS) program; applicable taxes are withheld.
  • Transportation and housing are provided.

Law Student Union Summer Expects LSUS Interns to:

  • Work with the union at the location assigned by the LSUS program.
  • Perform work as directed by the sponsoring union.
  • Complete the entire 10-week program.
  • Attend a three-day orientation and training at the beginning of the program (expenses paid).
  • Post weekly online journal entries.
  • Complete a final LSUS evaluation summarizing your LSUS experience and offering constructive criticism for the following summers' program.

*Assignments are made after the hiring process has been completed and are based on many factors, including the location and needs of the campaigns and the experience, talents and interests of the students. Individual preferences are considered but cannot be guaranteed.
**The stipend will be reduced, pro-rata, for any portion of the program not completed.

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