Law Student Union Summer

Law Student Union Summer (LSUS) is a unique and exciting 10-week internship for law students that combines front-line, labor-related public interest legal work with grassroots organizing in ongoing campaigns by AFL-CIO-affiliated unions throughout the country. 

Approximately six students will be selected for LSUS for Summer 2017.  LSUS placements are nationwide, not in Washington, D.C.  Individual placement locations will be determined after the hiring process has been completed.  As a result, applicants must be willing to be placed in any location nationwide.  Housing and transportation at the placement location are provided, as described below.

In addition to legal research and writing, LSUS interns are involved in community outreach, member mobilization, corporate and other non-legal research, legislative campaigns and general litigation.

Responsibilities may include interviewing workers and drafting memoranda with factual and legal analysis in connection with presenting evidence to the National Labor Relations Board in unfair labor practice investigations and administrative hearings or to similar state public sector agencies. Labor-related public interest work may be performed in connection with issues that may arise during organizing or contract campaigns, such as: wage and hour violations, discrimination claims, immigration issues, environmental regulatory actions, whistle-blower protections and/or others. Organizing activities, including canvassing, planning and implementing solidarity-building activities and participating in meetings and home visits, are another primary component of the program. Travel may be required; work will vary from placement to placement; students may be based in an organizing office, local union, national union headquarters or law firm.

Interns work on site, at locations throughout the country (not in Washington, D.C.). The weekly stipend is $600 and transportation and housing are provided. Interns are supervised by attorneys and union organizers. The program starts May 30, 2017, and runs through Aug. 4, 2017.

Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in the practice of labor-related public interest law and may be first or second year students; students who have taken one or more labor law courses and who have experience in organizing and/or community activism are preferred.

How to Apply

Submit an application for LSUS through the Peggy Browning Fund summer fellowship application process.  Please note:  LSUS applications do not count toward the maximum number of Peggy Browning fellowships for which students may apply. 

In addition to all materials required by the Peggy Browning Fund summer fellowship application, please include:

  1. A brief legal writing sample,
  2. A law school transcript (may be unofficial), and
  3. Three references.

To be considered for LSUS, your cover letter must address the following topics:

  • Why you are interested in Law Student Union Summer; what experiences and interests led you to apply;
  • Your prior work & experience with union organizing and/or with community, political, or other social justice organizations or programs;
  • What you hope to achieve by your participation in LSUS.

Also, please include in your cover letter:

  • Your acknowledgement that you cannot be considered for LSUS if you have limitations on where you can be placed or if you are not available to participate for the entire 10-week program (May 30 – August 4, 2017).  [Placements are nationwide, NOT in Washington, D.C., and will be determined after the hiring process has been completed.  Applicants must be willing to be placed in any location nationwide.] 
  • Your fluency, if any, in a language other than English; and
  • Your union affiliation and that of close family members, if any (please include union and location, if known). 

Please address your cover letter to:

Matt Ginsburg
Associate General Counsel
AFL-CIO
815 Sixteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006

NOTE: If you are also interested in applying for a Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship, click here

Application Form - Part I

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Application Form - Part II - Brief Essays & Other File Uploads

Limit responses to no more than two double-spaced typed pages for all three questions, i.e., two pages total, not two pages for each answer.

Please include your name on each page.

  1. What kind of work, educational and/or personal experience have you had which you consider relevant to your summer job application?
  2. What is your reason for applying for this position?
  3. What do you hope to accomplish/gain from this summer work experience? How does this type of work relate to your long-term career goals?

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING FILE UPLOADS: Please take in consideration that your application with attached files will be sent via e-mail to AFL-CIO and that email systems have limitations on the size of attachments. For that reason make sure that:

  • Your files are in a common format such as PDF, DOC, RTF or HTML
  • Avoid using scanned documents as they tend to be large.
  • The size of each file cannot exceed 4MB and the size of all the combined files should not exceed 10MB.
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Application Form - Part III - Optional Information

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The following information will be sent only to the Peggy Browning Fund, not to the AFL-CIO or the LSUS Program, except in aggregated, summary form.

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NOTE: If you are also interested in applying for a Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship, click here