LatinoJustice LEGAL INTERNSHIPS in New York and Orlando

About Us

LatinoJustice PRLDEF is one of the foremost Latino civil rights organizations in the country, serving a pan-Latino constituency. Since 1972, we have been bringing precedent-setting impact litigation that has profoundly improved the way Latinos are treated in our society. Our current areas of focus include:

  • Immigrants’ Rights
  • Voting Rights
  • Redistricting
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Job Discrimination
  • Treatment of Day Laborers
  • Freedom of Movement
  • Bias that affect the Latinx Community

Lozano v. City of Hazleton, enjoining a Pennsylvania town from enacting its own anti- immigrant ordinance; Aguilar v. U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, successfully challenging ICE’s home raids practices in NY, resulting in groundbreaking settlement reforming ICE’s national home raids procedures, payment of $1 million dollars in damages and fees and providing immigration relief to plaintiffs facing removal; Perez-Santiago v. Volusia County, successful Section 4e voting rights case requiring Florida county to provide bilingual ballots; and recent historic victories include representing Cesar Vargas, nationally known DREAMer activities and dacamented law graduate in his successful NYS bar admission.

We are proud to have a professional team deeply committed to our mission. We look to hire individuals who share our commitment, who are emotionally intelligent, emphatic, and good team players. We strive to maintain a positive, interconnected, value driven culture, where opportunities for individual and professional development are available to all. If this sounds like the kind of place you’d like to be, we invite you to apply to any of the internship opportunities below.

Term Internships

LatinoJustice interns conduct fact investigations and legal research, draft sections of legal briefs and memos of law, participate in client & witness interviews and trial preparation, and accompany staff lawyers to court proceedings and legislative hearings. Law students are included in every stage of planning, developing and prosecuting our impact cases. Recent student work has included research into the First Amendment rights of day laborers, the Fourth Amendment rights of individuals involved in immigration home raids, and the Fourteenth Amendment right to equal protection. Term interns are expected to work 12-15 hours/week during the semester subject to class schedule availability.

The Summer Program

Each summer, several rising 2L and 3L students from around the country join LatinoJustice for a 10-12-week full-time internship. Past summer interns have on occasion continued to work on LatinoJustice cases upon returning to school and writing law review articles on substantive issues they worked on.

In NYC, we join our civil rights colleagues from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) to organize a Summer Racial Justice Series which provide unique networking opportunities and an opportunity to hear from leading civil rights practitioners. Past presentations have included the future of desegregation, emerging issues in immigrants’ rights, school to prison pipeline, and building public interest careers via clerkships and fellowships.

LatinoJustice also has a Long Island Satellite Office located in Touro Law School’s Public Advocacy Center in Central Islip.

LatinoJustice’s Southeast Regional Office opened in July 2014. The Southeast Regional Office also offers great networking opportunities with local Latinx community service organizations and Hispanic bar groups.

Please note that LatinoJustice has also sponsored several former term and summer interns for post-graduate public interest fellowships.


We are seeking:

  • Energetic, motivated law students with a record of commitment to social justice work
  • Excellent legal, written, research, and communications
  • Bilingual Spanish/English is a plus but not required.

We are happy to help students obtain academic course credit through school clinical externship programs and/or satisfy pro bono volunteer requirements at school or for bar admission.

LatinoJustice PRLDEF is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.


To apply for Spring 2022 Legal Internship – Southeast Office, click here. To apply for an internship with LatinoJustice PRLDEF, please visit the careers tab on our website. This opportunity is also posted on Symplicity Job Posting ID#30350.

What I Wish I Knew Then: A Conversation with our Hispanic/Latinx/Pacific & Asian American Attorneys Webinar on October 27, 2021

Join Reed Smith for our sixth webinar in our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion series. “What I Wish I Knew Then” will feature a panel discussion with some of Reed Smith’s Hispanic, Latinx, Pacific American & Asian American attorneys. Our panelists will share stories about their individual career paths to Big Law and the lessons they have learned along the way—all with the goal of helping you successfully navigate your law school experience and launch your legal career.

After the panel, we will host several small group sessions, allowing you to connect with our attorneys and your peers in a more informal setting.


Date:     Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Length: 90 Minutes

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. ET


  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Attorney Panel
  • Small Group Breakout Discussions


  • Ernie Ocampo, Partner, Century City/Partner Chair of Reed Smith’s Asian American Business Inclusion Group
  • Julia López, Partner, Princeton/Partner Chair of Reed Smith’s Hispanic/Latinx Business Inclusion Group (UNIDOS)
  • Janet Kwuon, Partner, Los Angeles
  • Edward Estrada, Partner, New York
  • Randa Lewis, Associate, Pittsburgh
  • Leidy Gutierrez, Associate, Princeton

We encourage you to participate in this conversation by clicking the ‘Register Here’ button below. We will send a confirmation email with webinar and small group session information during the week of October 25.


Applications Available: 2022 Scholarships for the Annual Conference of the Forum on Communications Law

Applicants must be a registered law student at an ABA-approved law school and must be a member of the ABA Law Student Division* to be considered.

*Note: Membership in the ABA Law Student Division is FREE!  Please select the ABA Forum on Communications Law as your first choice for Section, Division, and Forum membership.  It’s all FREE!!

Application Deadline: November 30, 2022

Complimentary Webinar for Law Students: Legal and Compliance Career Opportunities on November 19th 2021!

The Investment Company Institute (ICI), the Washington, DC-based association representing regulated funds globally (mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and closed-end funds), is pleased to offer a free one-hour webinar on Friday, November 19, 2021, from Noon – 1:00 p.m. ET to law school students from underrepresented communities to introduce them to the asset management industry and related legal and compliance career opportunities. ICI is the leading association representing regulated funds, including mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), globally.

Webinar topics will include:

  • The asset management industry: size, scope, and regulation
  • How asset managers serve investors
  • The range of legal and compliance career opportunities in the industry
  • A day in the life of an asset management lawyer

Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the webinar. Questions also may be submitted in advance during the webinar registration process.


Detailed information about the webinar, including the names and affiliations of our speakers, is below. We will encourage attendees to upload their resumes into ICI’s resume database, which is accessible for review only by ICI member firms (i.e., asset managers).


Principal and CCO
Vanguard Marketing Corporation
Investment Company Institute
General Counsel
Harris Associates


The webinar is open only to current law school students. Unable to attend live? All registrants will receive a link to the recording.

If you have any questions, please contact Linda Brenner or the ICI Conference Division.

New York State Public Defenders Career Fair Will Take Place on October 29, 2021!

The 4th Annual New York State Public Defenders Career Fair is scheduled for Friday, October 29th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.  The fair is virtual.

All law students nationwide are welcome to participate and registration is free.  The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 20th.  Opportunities will include internships and entry-level positions.  For student/applicant registration and full details, visit the website.

A breakdown of how the career fair works is as follows:

How it Works:

We welcome applicants from all over the world to network and interview for internships, entry-level and lateral positions. Candidates will visit employers’ zoom rooms for conversation and interviews (via breakout rooms) throughout the afternoon.  Employers will also receive a list of the registered applicants a week before the fair.  The list includes their profile, geographic preference and a link to their resume.  They may contact applicants in advance to set a time to meet at the career fair or to arrange a separate time to talk.

Other Career Fair Events:

This virtual event  is designed to be interactive and dynamic.  Other activities will be happening throughout the afternoon.

  1. Central Gathering Room

For networking with other attendees, getting tech help, asking questions and seeking advice.

  1. Welcome Videos and Instructional Webinars
    Your hosts offer your messages of welcome, inspiration and instruction on how to make the most of your time at the career fair.
  2. In-Real-Time Panel Discussions (will be recorded and available afterward)
    Topics will include advice for new public defenders, remote vs. in-person work arrangements, hot criminal law topics for 2021.
  3. Day-long informational rooms from NYS ILS and NYSDA covering: Appellate Work, Family Court and AFC Cases, Juvenile Defense, Financial Services and Loan Forgiveness…and many other topics

You’re Invited: The Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation’s Virtual Conversation with Government Lawyers – October 19, 2021

The Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation invites you to a “Virtual Conversation with Government Lawyers”!

With Katherine Fernández Rundle (State Attorney, Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office), Carlos J. Martínez (Public Defender, Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office), Lisa T. Roberts (Chief, Attorney Advisor, SEC, Miami Regional Office) and James Weinkle (Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida)

Fernández Rundle, Martínez, Roberts and Weinkle will share their experiences and answer your questions regarding the best way to prepare for and pursue a career in the government and will provide tips for obtaining an internship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the SEC and other federal and State organizations.

This series of virtual conversations explores different areas of law and helps current law students navigate the path towards their desired careers.

Who is invited: First and second year law students interested in learning more about what it means to practice civil litigation and how to prepare for a career in this area of law.

When: October 19, 2021 at 6 pm. It will last one hour.

How to sign up: Please email Carolina Guerra Pérez by 6 pm on October 18, 2021. Because we will have an interactive session, the event will be limited to the first 40 students who RSVP. You will be provided a Zoom link by email before the event.


Are you anxious about that legal writing project, finals, interviews, summer internships, graduation and the bar? Do you have questions about what it takes to be a success in a field of law that has piqued your interest?

Do you have unanswered questions about navigating within the Florida Legal Community as a member of the LGBTQ community? Please join the The Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation and our community partners in our empowerment Pod!

Mingle with other students and mentors to share your experiences and perhaps get some useful tip and pointers as you explore life as an LGBTQ+ law student. Allies, recent graduates and alumni of the KMMF mentoring program always welcome!!

Date: October 21, 2021 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm (RSVP to receive Zoom meeting credentials). RSVP via email to Justin Perez.

For more information, please contact Jim Moon.

USAID invites you to the First Annual Hispanic Serving Institutions/Latinx Conference and Career Expo; Oct. 5-7, 2021 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST

The Virtual USAID First Annual Hispanic Serving Institutions/Latinx Conference and Career Expo is a three-day event from October 5-7, 2021, with a number of workshops designed for students, recent graduates, mid-level and transitioning career professionals, job seekers, higher education faculty and staff, and professional and affinity organizations.

Target Audience – Who should attend?

1) Day 1 – October 5 -> Undergrauate and Graduate Students, Alumni, Mid-Career/Transitioning Career Professionals, Affinity Organizations, and Job Seekers

2) Day 2 – October 6 -> Higher Education Faculty and Staff (e.g. grant writers, professors, career counselors, Deans, Campus President, Provost, and more)

3) Day 3 – October 7 -> Open to everyone; Job Seekers and Undergraduate and Graduate Students

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!! Register directly here.



Attend the ACLU Miami’s “The Future of Reproductive Rights in Florida” Virtual Event

Event: ACLU Miami’s “The Future of Reproductive Rights in Florida” Virtual Event

Date/Time: Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7pm

Description:  The ACLU of Florida Greater Miami Chapter is proud to present a new edition to our Zoom webinar series, “The Future of Reproductive Rights in Florida” The panel of reproductive rights experts and distinguished elected officials will discuss the current laws and constitutional rights of Floridians to terminate their pregnancy. The panel will also focus on the upcoming legislative session, including Florida’s proposed anti-abortion bill and the impact it would have on women and families if passed.

Moderator:  Rachel Streitfeld – Vice President, ACLU of Florida Greater Miami Chapter and North Bay Village Commissioner


  • Jasmen Rogers-Shaw – Political Strategist and Founder, Folding Chair Consulting
  • Laura Goodhue – VP Public Policy, Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida
  • Shevrin Jones – Florida State Senator, District 35
  • Monica Skoko Rodríguez – Executive Director, Miami-Dade Commission for Women
  • The Honorable Jeri Cohen – Retired Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit

Registration: Please register in advance for the webinar by clicking here.

After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email containing info about joining.

Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law – Experience Family Law Up Close and Personal!


Two-part volunteer training:

Part I:     Online self-study (2.25 hours) – completed by Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Part II:    Online Practicum (2.5 hours) – Saturday, October 23, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – VIA ZOOM

What You Will Learn and Do:

Join our Remote Volunteer Services Program (RSVP) to conduct substantive legal interviews by phone with prospective clients. Learn the basic concepts of family law and common problems faced by clients with the added challenges of poverty and trauma. You’ll learn issue-spot and strengthen your client-centered interviewing skills while working under the guidance of experienced Harriett Buhai Center attorneys.

Why You Should Volunteer:

Our volunteer program is ideal for lawyers, law students, and law graduates who want to use their skills, experience, and education to help others. It is a perfect choice for individuals interested in addressing the needs of low-income families, protecting survivors of domestic violence and shepherding children to safer and more stable lives. Retired professionals, lawyers returning to the workforce, and individuals at home caring for others are encouraged to apply.

Who You Should Contact:

To register, please complete our Volunteer Application and Confidentiality Agreement and email together with your resume here.

A voluntary pledge of 50 hours a year is requested.

Deadline to register: Wednesday, October 13th, 2021. Attendance is limited.

Click here to read more about and purchase the Center’s California Family Law Basics.

Want to help in other ways? Check out our website.

Upon successful completion of both the self-study program and the Practicum, participants will receive 4.75 hours of MCLE credit approved by the State Bar of California. The Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.