HUMAN RIGHTS EXTERNSHIP

The Southern Center's Full-Time Externship Program allows law students to join SCHR’s staff, full-time for one semester.

We are now accepting full-time externship applications from law students.  Externs spend one semester at SCHR, working full-time (40 hours per week), completing a variety of assignments under the supervision of experienced staff.

Full-time externs assist staff attorneys in all aspects of our work.  Depending on what needs to be done in our cases at a given time, externs should expect to do several of the following tasks while they are at SCHR:

  • conduct legal research and draft pleadings
  • write motions and briefs
  • locate and interview witnesses
  • visit and interview clients
  • monitor court proceedings for human rights violations
  • represent inmates before the Alabama parole board
  • participate in case strategy sessions
  • locate, obtain, and organize documents
  • gather statistical data
  • read and digest transcripts
  • assist in conducting inspections of jails and prisons
  • conduct social science and other research
  • assist in location and preparing expert witnesses
  • research public policy issues and prepare policy reports
  • respond to requests for information from the public or people in prison
  • attend depositions, press conferences, court hearings, and arguments

We give our externs a great deal of responsibility and they have been instrumental in many of our successes.  Because the externship program allows law students to work full-time, externs dive deeper into our work and assume more responsibility as a member of our litigation teams.  

We expect our externs to be committed, work hard, have fun, and learn a great deal.  As many of SCHR’s clients are in prisons outside of the metropolitan Atlanta area, our externs are often asked to travel with attorneys, investigators, and other interns throughout Georgia and Alabama.  Externs will take part in our internship orientation and training program.  During orientation, externs will gain substantive background knowledge on SCHR’s work, including the legal and procedural aspects of the death penalty appellate process and the legal grounds for prisoners’ rights cases.  SCHR’s small staff size ensures that externs receive regular supervision and support.  Upon completion of their assignments, externs review their findings with the attorneys and develop follow up action plans.

Although SCHR pays for business related travel expenses, we are generally unable to provide financial assistance to our interns.