Legal Internships

We generally accept second and third year law student interns each semester and during the summer and winter terms to work at our offices in San Francisco.  Exceptional first year law students may be considered for the summer term. These positions are unpaid.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. For more information on these positions, Click Here.

How to Apply
To apply for an internship please email us a cover letter, resume, and transcript.  Please state your name and the term for which you are applying in the subject line.

Please identify in your cover letter:

  1. The term for which you are applying;
  2. Any relevant coursework (especially evidence, advanced civil procedure, federal courts, trial advocacy, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, human rights law, public international or comparative law, and immigration law), and your professor(s) for any human rights law, humanitarian law, or related international law courses;
  3. Any language abilities, especially Spanish; French; Somali; Khmai; Arabic; Farsi; Haitian Creole; Swahili or any southeast Asian languages.
  4. Any deadlines you need to meet to secure funding for your internship.

We are particularly interested in students with some familiarity with human rights law and evidence. The work that you do will depend greatly on our case needs at the time of your internship, but you can expect that much of the work will involve legal research and writing. Please be aware that much of our work is litigation-related, and that a majority of research assignments may relate more to evidence, procedure and domestic law than to matters of international or human rights law.

Legal Fellowships

CJA seeks candidates with excellent written and oral communication skills and a keen interest in CJA’s mission to apply for fellowships.

A fellowship at CJA gives an entry-level lawyer the opportunity to work for 1-2 years as a junior staff attorney at CJA’s offices in San Francisco. Ideal candidates are third-year law students, judicial clerks, U.S. LLM students, or recent law graduates with a demonstrated interest in international human rights law or international criminal law. Click here for more information.

To apply, please submit a cover letter addressing your goals and interests in the position as well as potential funding sources and relevant deadlines, resume, law school transcript, and three professional references by e-mail to  Refer to “Legal Fellow” in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Only applicants being considered will be contacted.


As a small non-profit organization, CJA relies on the help of volunteers and pro bono professionals who are dedicated to bringing human rights abusers to justice. We offer volunteer opportunities for students or professionals.

CJA partners with outside law firms and investigation firms who provide significant pro bono resources to investigate and litigate large and complex cases on behalf of our clients, to help bring our cases to trial and hold human rights abusers accountable. On occasion, we also work with lawyers, non-legal professionals, and other volunteers on a pro bono basis on more limited and discrete projects.  This includes appellate work, FOIA, foreign language translation, country monitoring, research, fundraising, marketing, IT/tech, web and graphic design, special event support, and administrative assistance.

If you are interested in providing pro bono support to CJA, please email with the subject line “Volunteer at CJA.”

Note: CJA is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, multicultural work environment.  People of color, women, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.