Legal

Legal Internships and Clerkships 

 

 

CAIR Michigan, a 501(c)(3) civil rights nonprofit organization, is seeking interns and legal clerks. CAIR Michigan has served Michigan American Muslims in civil rights advocacy, education and legal services for over a decade.

 

CAIR Michigan Legal Advocacy:

 

School and workplace discrimination

Zoning discrimination (mosques, Islamic schools, community centers, cemeteries)

Religious profiling at the US-Canada border and airports

Religious accommodation for prisoners

Representation during federal interrogations

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Internship

 

The internship is open to first year law students.  The legal intern will work closely with CAIR-MI Staff Attorney on each of the following:

 

  • Client intakes.
  • Researching laws and policies relating to workplace discrimination, education discrimination, zoning, prisoner litigation, religious profiling and other areas.
  • Drafting memorandums.
  • Other office duties as assigned.
  • The ideal candidate has strong legal research and writing skills, as well as organized and able to follow-through to complete all assigned tasks in a timely manner.
  • He/she possesses excellent communication skills and a commitment to serving the community.
  • Interns are required to commit 12-15 weeks, for a minimum of 15 hours per week.

 

Legal Clerkship 

 

The clerkship is for second and third year law students. The law clerk will work closely with CAIR-MI Staff Attorney on resolving religious discrimination cases reported to CAIR-MI.  Clerks will be expected to do the following:

 

  • Write legal letters, complete intakes, draft complaints and legal briefs, client follow-up and more.
  • Assist in dispute resolution, EEOC mediation, drafting complaints and possible lawsuits.
  • Assist in documenting incidents of religious discrimination by counseling and interviewing complainants regarding their incidents.
  • Applicants need one year legal research experience and access to a legal database.
  • Candidates should have an interest in civil rights cases.
  • The ideal candidate has strong legal research and writing skills, as well as organized and able to follow-through to complete all assigned tasks in a timely manner.
  • He/she possesses excellent communication skills and a commitment to serving the community.
  • Clerks are required to commit one year. Clerks work 12-15 hours per week during the school year, and 24 hours per week during the summer.

For questions or more information, please contact the CAIR Michigan office at 248-559-CAIR, or email info@cairmichigan.org. You may also visit our website cairmichigan.org. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and a legal writing sample to internships@cairmichigan.org and fill out an Application Here.