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American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Field Placement Supervisor
Jane Johnson
Interim Executive Director
ACLU of Louisiana

Field Placement Website

Description of Field Work
The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. These rights include: First Amendment rights - freedom of speech, association and assembly; freedom of the press, and freedom of religion; the right to equal protection under the law - protection against unlawful discrimination; the right to due process - fair treatment by the government whenever the loss of your liberty or property is at stake; right to privacy - freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into your personal and private affairs.

The ACLU also works to extend rights to segments of our population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; women; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people; prisoners; and people with disabilities.

Externship Requirements
Students interested in the work of the office are encouraged to apply. 

Application Process
Don't delay as opportunities will fill fast. 
Apply in early January through early April for a summer placement. The Office of Skills seeks to place all summer extern applications in by April 20th with finalized placements set by May 1st. Apply in early March through June for a Fall or Spring placement. All externship applications for Fall should be submitted by July 31st. Externship applications are processed on a first come first serve basis. 


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