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CLASP Internships

The CLASP Two-Year Summer Internship Program for 1Ls - Application will be available September 1st - The application will be due January 14th, 2021.

The Corporate/Law Firm Alliance Summer Program, CLASP, is a summer internship intended to provide qualified law students (at selected law schools) with career building opportunities for two consecutive summers at a partnering corporate legal department and law firm. If selected, the student will work for the corporate legal department the first summer, and for the partnering law firm the second summer. This 2-tier structure will:

  • Provide paid summer positions for two consecutive summers.
  • Match students with mentors within the corporate legal department and the law firm, who can provide ongoing guidance on professional development.
  • Allow students to spend two consecutive summers working directly with corporate and law firm attorneys.

Current Participating Corporations and Law Firm Partners:

  • MetLife, Inc. and Sidley Austin LLP
  • Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Paul Hastings LLP

Eligibility Requirements:

The CLASP summer internship is open to all eligible applicants. Applicants need not be affiliated with LatinoJustice PRLDEF to apply.* To be eligible for consideration, you must be:

  • A first-year law student (1Ls) in good academic standing and ranked in the top 25% of your class.
  • A student at one of the 13 law schools listed below.
  • Available for the first round of interviews at LatinoJustice offices in NYC, if selected.
  • Available to be interviewed by a participating corporation and law firm, if selected as a finalist.

Selected Law Schools:

1L applicants must be enrolled at one of the following law schools to be eligible to participate in CLASP.

• Boston College Law School     • Boston University School of Law     • Brooklyn Law School     • Cardozo Law School (Yeshiva U.)     • University of Connecticut Law     • Hofstra University—MA Deane School of Law     • University of Maryland School of Law     • New York Law School     • Rutgers University Law School     • Seton Hall Law     • St. John's University School of Law     • SUNY at Buffalo Law School     • Syracuse University School of Law     

How to apply for CLASP:

First-year law students interested in being considered for this unique opportunity should forward:

  • A cover letter that addresses what you believe demonstrates your qualification(s), including, for example, academic and personal strengths; exceptional contributions to diversity and inclusion; and/or how you have overcome adversity, such as a personal or family history of educational or socioeconomic disadvantage; and/or how you have exhibited the tenacity and talent to excel.
  • A current resume (including at least one professional/academic reference; please include complete contact info for references including name, title, phone, email),
  • Your official law school transcript and a legal writing sample.

Applications for the 2021-22 program will be available on September 1st, 2020.  The link below to the online portal will go live then.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Thursday, January 14, 2021

Please note: Candidates selected for preliminary interviews must be available to be interviewed the last week in January 2021, final date TBD (in person at LatinoJustice PRLDEF offices in Manhattan unless otherwise notified). 

* LatinoJustice PRLDEF will consider all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.