Civil Rights


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Students interested in legal placements should contact Elizabeth Walsh at for more information.

American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri (ACLU)

The ACLU is a private, non-profit organization that works to defend individual rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. Their work includes protecting First Amendment rights, Equal Protection rights, Due Process rights, and Privacy rights. The ACLU defends clients without charge and relies on volunteer lawyers and law clerks to litigate and research cases.

  • Opportunities: Law clerk positions are available. Clerks will: assist Legal Director in developing cases for litigation; conduct legal research and prepare memoranda; draft demand letters, pleadings, and briefs; attend meeting of the Legal Steering Committee; attend court hearings on cases and participate in other special intern activities; organize and manage case files; meet with lawyers and clients as needed. Law clerks get hands-on experience and have direct contact with clients, often serving as the primary contact person on a case.
  • Qualifications/Requirements: basic research and writing skills, interest in constitutional law and civil liberties (coursework in these areas not necessary but helpful)

 Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

The purpose of the ADL is to stop defamation of Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all.

  • Opportunities: Please contact Elizabeth Walsh for current opportunities.
  • Qualifications/Requirements: Security background check; preference for 2nd or 3rd year students.

Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council (EHOC)

EHOC is the only private, not-for-profit fair housing enforcement agency working to end illegal housing discrimination and ensure equal access to housing for all people through education, counseling, investigation and enforcement.

  • Opportunities: legal research on housing discrimination issues, case analysis, investigation & serving as a "tester"/"secret shopper," designing housing discrimination surveys, grant writing and research, interviewing clients, general office assistance
  • Qualifications/Requirements: Please contact Elizabeth Walsh for more information.

Missouri Commission on Human Rights

MCHR was created by the state legislature and enforces the Missouri Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations due to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, handicap, age and familial status.

  • Opportunities:   practical experience; assist with and conduct investigations alleging violations of Missouri anti-discrimination laws: interviewing, writing investigative reports and summaries, making recommendations, analyzing documents and records.
  • Qualifications/Requirements: interview


PROMO is a statewide, non-profit membership organization working to ensure the right to privacy of everyone. PROMO is an advocate for the civil rights of all Missourians, and focuses on gaining equality under the law for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. PROMO worked to ensure privacy in sexuality, reproduction and parenting, AIDS, anti-cohabitation ordinances, collection of information, drug testing, and equal rights through political, electoral and educational efforts.

  • Opportunities: intern duties such as legal research (particularly on local ordinances) and drafting of legislation and amendments; also community organizing, phone outreach, districting, data entry, volunteer recruitment, mailings
  • Qualifications/Requirements: no minimum hour requirement; hours available anytime Monday-Friday from 10:00 am-6:00 pm, and Wednesdays from 6:00-9:00 pm

Ryals & Soffer, P.C.

The firm is experienced in negotiating and litigating legal matters, including: civil rights litigation; civil rights section 1983 litigation; police misconduct; employment, sex, race, disability, and age discrimination; personal injury; civil litigation.

  • Opportunities: research and writing as well as other aspects of case management and litigation; students can be entirely responsible for a given case, performing all of the work required and following it through to completion under the guidance of an attorney; or, a student can spend a certain number of hours working on various aspects of different cases to get exposure to a wider variety of civil rights issues
  • Qualifications/Requirements: second-year and preferably third-year students; hours are flexible and may depend on the project/case; call for more information.

Community Service Opportunities

None available at this time.  If you are interested in such a project, please contact the Elizabeth Walsh ( ).

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