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Law Clerk Program 2019-01-09T12:53:01+00:00

The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee (ACLU-TN) is dedicated to translating the guarantees of the Bill of Rights into reality for all Tennesseans. The principles ACLU-TN fights for include: the right to free speech and expression; the right to freely practice any religion or no religion; the right to equal treatment, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation; the right to reproductive freedom; and the right to privacy.

ACLU-TN hires law clerks year-round. Summer clerks are expected to work full time for 10 weeks, while hours during the academic year are flexible. Law clerks working at ACLU-TN gain practical experience in the full range of civil liberties and constitutional rights cases. Students are involved in research and preparation of legal memoranda, fact investigations, client and witness interviews, discovery, pre-trial motions, handling of expert witnesses, and accompanying lawyers at court appearances. Law clerks have the opportunity to work with ACLU-TN’s legal department, cooperating attorneys around the state, and attorneys at the national offices of the ACLU in New York and Washington, DC.

Due to ACLU-TN’s limited resources, all law clerk positions are unpaid. Students are encouraged to apply for Public Interest Law Foundation Grants or other grants and to investigate work-study options as alternative sources of compensation. ACLU-TN will also assist law clerks in obtaining academic credit for internships at their law schools (when available).

ACLU-TN is currently seeking applications from first and second-year law students for summer 2019 clerkships. Applications will be accepted until February 8, 2019; however, decisions will be made as applications are received. We encourage interested students to apply early as the positions may be filled before the application deadline.

Applications will not be considered without a cover letter, resume, at least three references and a short writing sample. The cover letter should explain why the candidate is interested in working on specific civil liberties issues. Applications should be submitted via email to: with the subject line: “Law Clerk Application.” Applications may be submitted by mail to:

Attn: Law Clerk Program
P. O. Box 120160
Nashville, TN 37212

If you have any questions, please call (615) 320-7142.