• 01-Apr-2020 to 2020-12-31 (EST)
  • Policy Associates and Interns
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Unpaid Internship
  • Unpaid Internship

RAINN's policy department is accepting applications for a Policy Law Clerk. Our policy department advocates for an improved criminal justice system in order to ensure that more rapists are incarcerated, and that victims of sexual violence obtain the justice they deserve. We monitor policies, legislation and regulations that impact victims of sexual violence. Additionally, we work with Congress to promote laws dedicated to helping survivors of sexual assault. The Policy Law Clerk can be a full or part time position, with the standard number of hours for the summer term set between 30 hours per week, and for the rest of the year between approximately 10-20 hours per week. Start and end times are flexible, depending on the law intern's academic calendar and finals schedule.

Position Description

The Policy Law Clerk provides essential legal research and fact gathering concerning a wide range of sexual violence issues. The Law Clerk will also be expected to draft materials as needed, including memoranda and one-page summaries, and may be asked to review and analyze legislation, regulations, and other policy documents. The fields of law to which the Policy Law Clerk will be most exposed include, but are not limited to, the following: constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, and family law.

General Responsibilities:

  • Support and assist staff in legal and legislative research, with a specific focus on states' sexual violence laws
  • Provide the policy department with general legal research and relevant facts regarding sexual assault issues
  • Help drafting amicus briefs, memorandum, policy statements, and letters to government officials as needed
  • Assist with administrative and data input tasks as needed
  • Assist in updating and establishing tools for disseminating policy resources, including database materials, webinars, action alerts, etc.


  • Current law student (required qualification)
  • Strong writing, research, analytical and organizational skills
  • Strong interest in policy work, experience in legislative office is a plus
  • Demonstrated interest in the issue of sexual violence
  • Comfortable with legal research tools, including LexisNexis and Westlaw
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Programs, especially Excel and Word
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and a team-player attitude

TO APPLY: Please attach the following materials at https://rainn.applicantpro.com/jobs/1135369.html:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Legal Writing Sample

When you work for RAINN, you're joining a team of experts and professionals who stand up for survivors of sexual violence every day.  Your job is important--and so are you.  RAINN will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.  RAINN is committed to maximizing the diversity of its organization and depends on a diverse staff to carry out its mission, and encourages all qualified candidates to apply.

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