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Charles Hamilton Houston Institute and Mayer Brown legal externship focused on Race and Social Justice

The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice (CHHIRJ) at Harvard Law School is working with Mayer Brown to offer legal externships associated with the firm’s Project Equity initiative that includes pro bono legal work focused on advancing racial and social justice.

In Spring 2023, we are happy to again offer students an opportunity to work remotely with Mayer Brown on ongoing racial justice cases. The most recent semesters have focused on voting rights cases, and this litigation has been challenging laws enacted and actions taken to make it harder for people of color to vote in these jurisdictions. Students will work closely with Mayer Brown attorneys, complete weekly journals reflecting on their experiences, and write an original 15-page research paper on a topic related to race and justice, voting rights, and/or access to justice.

Enrolled students will earn academic credit through the HLS independent clinical program. This opportunity is available as a 2-credit (8 hours/week, 96 hours/semester) or 3-credit (12 hours/week, 144 hours/semester) option. HLS directs the administration and granting of academic credit, and this opportunity does not involve employment with or compensation from Mayer Brown.

To apply, students should submit a (1) cover letter explaining their interest in working on racial justice issues, including but not limited to voting rights issues, (2) resume, and (3) unofficial transcript no later than Tuesday, January 10, 2023 (midnight ET) (DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED). Application materials should be sent to CHHIRJ Managing Director Destiny Peery ( Offers will made no later than Wednesday, January 18, 2023. We anticipate accepting at least 2 students for Spring 2023.