Internships and Volunteer Opportunities
Louisiana Capital Assistance Center
(LCAC) is a non-profit capital trial organization deeply
committed to providing quality legal representation to poor
people facing the death penalty in Louisiana and throughout the
South. The LCAC emphasizes client-centered representation,
constantly seeks to develop new and innovative advocacy
strategies, and also pursues systemic litigation related to
issues involving racism in the criminal justice system.
Summer Law Clerks
LCAC is seeking dedicated
summer law clerks to assist attorneys with all aspects of our
cases. Our work is both high volume and high stakes, and as a
result, it is demanding, meaningful, and rewarding. Over the
course of their summer, interns can expect to make a substantive
contribution to the fight against the death penalty in the Deep
South. We are looking for individuals who will bring enthusiasm
and diligence to their work, and who share our deep commitment
to public service and to indigent defense.
Specific tasks that
summer law clerks assist with include but are not limited to
visiting clients, legal research and writing, monitoring court
proceedings, gathering, processing and summarizing records,
social science research, and gathering statistical data. Each
law clerk in our summer class is supervised directly by staff
attorneys and has the opportunity to assist with cases those
attorneys are working on.
should send the following materials to ,
with “Summer Law Clerk Application” in the subject line:
1) A resume,
2) A cover letter
detailing their interest in capital defense work,
3) A writing sample (a
non-legal writing sample is acceptable), and
4) Two references.
Applicants are encouraged
to apply early and applicants are considered on a rolling basis.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
In addition to the formal summer law clerk program, LCAC happily
welcomes full- and part-time volunteers and interns who are not
studying law at US law schools. The work performed by these
volunteers varies with the qualifications and interest of the
applicant. Opportunities are available year-round and
applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
U.S. citizens and permanent residents interested in applying
should send a resume and a cover letter detailing their interest
in capital defense work to
application” in the subject line.
LCAC also welcomes interns from abroad. Volunteer work by
foreign nationals is arranged through Reprieve. Please visit the
website or contact your local Reprieve office located at:
Reprieve – or
Reprieve Australia –
Reprieve (US) – or