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Law and Social Justice Internship




The MacArthur Justice Center is accepting applications for law and social justice internships in its Saint Louis, Missouri office – including in the areas of:

  • Civil Rights Law and Policy Research
  • General Paralegal/Litigation Support
  • Outreach and Community Organizing
  • Client Communications and Intake Assistance
  • Mitigation/Investigation & Prisoner Re-Entry Support
  • Medical/Mental Health Services Advocacy
  • Public Records/Government Accountability Projects

The MacArthur Justice Center is a public interest law firm that has litigated countless high-impact civil rights and systemic reform cases in courts around the country. The Saint Louis office, in collaboration with four other MJC offices, seeks to advance criminal, juvenile and racial justice in the Midwest generally – and the St. Louis region in particular – through similar litigation initiatives.  For more information about our St. Louis office, click here:

Social work, undergraduate, graduate, law and pre-law interns develop their professional portfolios while playing a role in our litigation, advocacy, and outreach efforts.  Interns generally are exposed to a wide range of legal practice-related tasks. In addition, our intern program is overseen by a former law school professor and interns receive close supervision from our legal staff and attorneys.

In addition, MJC-STL interns participate in an intensive training session at the start of their placement regarding rules of professional responsibility and office protocols.  Thereafter they participate in periodic meetings with supervisors and are provided written and other feedback on their written and other contributions throughout their term.  Our goal is to help interns develop as public citizens and emerge from the experience with new insights, concrete competencies, and professional networks – as we embrace and support them within our diverse and reform-minded law office community.


  • Students in good standing or individuals in “gap year” prior to further law or graduate education;
  • Energetic self-starter with a passion for criminal reform and a desire to effectuate change;
  • Strong communication, writing, and organizational skills;
  • Ability to follow-through on assignments independently and meet deadlines;
  • Strong attention to detail and commitment to excellence;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to engage with clients and others in the community;
  • Dedication to zealous advocacy, racial justice, and building client-centered relationships; 
  • Ability to work creatively, effectively, and ethically as part of a team;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Experience with computer systems and databases;
  • Prior experience with social justice campaigns a plus.

Location: Saint Louis, MO

Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references by e-mail to  Please also indicate whether you will be seeking course credit from an academic institution, support by way of a public interest grant, or otherwise require written documentation to facilitate your volunteer/educational placement.

The MacArthur Justice Center is committed to equity and equal opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, disability, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity.