Law Student Union Summer

Law Student Union Summer 2017 Participants
Joe Kekeris/AFL-CIO

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 Law Student Union Summer 2018. LSUS interns will not be placed in Washington, D.C., but in locations determined after the hiring process has been completed. Applicants must be willing to be placed in any location nationwide. 

The weekly stipend is $600 and transportation and housing are provided.

The program starts May 29, 2018, and runs through Aug. 3, 2018.


Interns are supervised by attorneys and union organizers. Work will vary from placement to placement, and interns may be based in an organizing office, local union, national union headquarters or law firm. Travel may be required. 

In addition to legal research and writing, LSUS interns are involved in community outreach, member mobilization, corporate and other nonlegal 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.


Application materials and requirements are available here.

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.


2L’s: Dec. 18, 2017
1L’s: Jan. 15, 2018

Please contact us at [email protected] with any additional questions about the program.