In addition to fostering community service and pro bono opportunities at LSU Law, PILS is also deeply committed to furthering students’ careers in public interest. Each year, PILS encourages second and third year law students to attend the Equal Justice Works Career Fair and Conference to explore public interest career opportunities on a nationwide level. Additionally, we foster regional public interest employment opportunities by hosting a career fair in the spring on LSU’s campus. We host events in conjunction with Career Services in order to inform students of the benefits of a career in public interest and managing student loan debt during a public interest career. We hope that by assisting students in finding and funding public interest internships and entry level jobs, they will continue to work in public interest after graduation.

Running List of Career Opportunities:

(Last Updated 10/7/19)

CAP/PJI Capital Criminal Defense 2020 Summer Internship

The Capital Appeals Project (CAP) is a non-profit law office based in New Orleans, Louisiana that provides capital appellate and post-conviction representation to indigent people on Louisiana’s death row.  CAP is one of the leading death penalty appeals offices in the country and has represented clients in several recent cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, including Kennedy v. Louisiana, Snyder v. Louisiana, and Montejo v. Louisiana. CAP provides high-quality representation in the state and federal courts throughout Louisiana and acts as a resource to public defenders and criminal defense lawyers across the state. CAP attorneys have successfully represented clients in state district courts, the Louisiana Supreme Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court, which in turn has improved the quality and standards of representation for indigent capital defendants in Louisiana. We also represent a number of non-capital juvenile clients in proceedings implementing the recent Miller/Montgomery Supreme Court decisions which limit life without parole sentences for juvenile offenders.

CAP works closely with The Promise of Justice Initiative, a non-profit focusing on conditions of confinement work and death penalty abolition. This unique structure allows direct representation to inform systemic challenges – and vice versa – and provides the flexibility to identify and pursue change where it is most needed.

Internship Description and Requirements:

Each intern is assigned to a senior attorney for supervision and mentorship. Capital criminal defense interns work on individual cases in appeal, post-conviction or federal habeas proceedings, assisting attorneys, investigators and other staff. Depending on the caseload of their supervising attorney, interns may also have the opportunity to participate in some civil conditions of confinement cases. Work includes visiting clients on death row, reviewing trial records, legal research and writing including preparing motions and briefs, and assisting with investigation, reviewing and collecting records, and conducting factual analysis in cases. The work demands rigorous attention to detail and creative thinking and offers students a closely supervised opportunity to learn the intricacies of death penalty jurisprudence, as well as criminal, appellate, and federal habeas law.

The internship begins with a training program, and we provide a program of weekly brown bag lunches where interns have the opportunity to learn from and meet some of the top public interest lawyers and workers from other organizations around the city, as well as our own staff.


As a non-profit, CAP’s summer internships are generally unpaid. CAP encourages students to pursue outside funding for the summer, and will work closely with any school or grant funding organization where interns qualify for funding. However, CAP is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to ensuring that students who are passionate about the work not be disqualified due to financial constraints. Where there are no available alternative funding sources, CAP may be able to provide a summer stipend.

Please apply with a cover letter, resume, a writing sample and three references to Erica Navalance and Carli Raben at Applications are processed on a rolling basis.

GLAD Internship Opportunity

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) works through impact litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education to promote a just society on the basis of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and HIV status.  With a focus on racial and economic justice, GLAD works in New England and nationally on cutting-edge legal issues affecting LGBTQ people and people living with HIV and is accepting legal intern applications for Winter/Spring 2020 and Summer 2020.

In addition to challenging the Trump administration’s attempt to exclude transgender people from serving in the military, GLAD recently secured the first-in-the-nation court-ordered transfer of a transgender incarcerated person to a gender-appropriate facility, and has helped advance legislation banning conversion therapy in Maine, making all of New England a conversion therapy-free zone.  GLAD works to reduce disparities and inequality in numerous systems and areas of law, including schools, criminal justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, employment, insurance and family law.

GLAD is looking for highly motivated legal interns to help advance our work. Our legal interns perform legal research and writing related to all areas of GLAD’s work, participate in GLAD’s weekly legal team meetings, have opportunities to attend internal and external meetings and legislative and judicial hearings, and generally assist attorneys in advancing GLAD’s mission.

GLAD seeks law students who have completed at least their first year of law school and are committed to advancing GLAD’s mission. Our Summer internships are full-time positions, but we invite part-time internships for the Winter/Spring term. Stipends of up to $2000 may be available for legal interns, depending on the number of hours worked and any restrictions imposed by your school.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and 5-10 page legal writing sample (PDF attachments, please) to Please clearly indicate whether you are seeking a Winter/Spring or Summer internship in your application materials. Information regarding our legal internships can be found on our website here.

Click 2019 GLAD Legal Intern Flyer for more information!