Internships & Clerkships

Internship Opportunities

Internship Opportunity

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security seeks an intern for the Spring semester 2014 and one to two interns for the Summer 2014.  

Preferred spring applicants will be either J.D. or LL.M. candidates with demonstrable research and writing ability. 

Summer applicants may be currently in law school. 

Spring duties will include working with Committee staff on national security legal and policy issues such as surveillance and intelligence, privacy, and cybersecurity.   Large amount of research and writing required.


Summer internship may include assisting the Director in the development and execution of daily business of the committee. Will assist and attend meetings, programs and cover hearings or other business on Capitol Hill on behalf of the Standing Committee. General issues include terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, information warfare, rule of law or homeland security.  Intern will also assist with annual conferences and monthly breakfast programs featuring prominent speakers in the area of national security law, including marketing and communication, especially through social media.


Background on Committee:

The Standing Committee on Law and National Security conducts studies, sponsors programs and conferences, and administers working groups on law and national security related issues. The committee's activities are designed to assist policymakers, to educate lawyers, the media and the public, and to enable the committee to make recommendations to the American Bar Association governing body.

The standing committee provides research and advice on such subjects as: the congressional role in intelligence oversight, the legal system's ability to cope with transnational terrorism, the promotion of the rule of law in the intelligence and law enforcement communities, operations international law in the conduct of the military, and the role of law in preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to: 

Holly McMahon, Staff Director
ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security
1050 Connecticut Avenue N.W., Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036


ABA Public Service Clerkship

A competitive ABA Public Service Clerkship is open to law students who are members of the ABA Law Student Division entering their second or third year at an ABA-accredited law school. The Public Service Clerk designs and completes a legal research and writing project over the summer in a substantive area of Division concern (see web pages of our constituent committees and commissions) or on the role of law in serving the public good. If of acceptable quality, the Division may publish the resultant monograph online or in other media. Successful candidates must submit up to a 5-page typed proposal describing the topic, content, and method to complete this project over the summer months. In addition, please include the name of a faculty member or other expert who has agreed to help review the work product. The Clerkship is unpaid, but may qualify for academic or externship credit -- check with your law school if interested in this option. Preference is for the project to be undertaken in Washington, DC in order to facilitate meetings with a supervising Division staff director, but law students in other locations also will be considered. The quality, relevance, and feasibility of the proposed monograph will be key. Our deadline for receipt of applications for Summer 2014 is Friday, May 30, 2014. Please submit complete proposals by e-mail to For more information, contact the Division at 202-662-1691.