Law Externship

The CAIR pre-law/law externship program has been developed to provide law school students and recent law graduates with the skills, knowledge, and exposure required to address civil rights and immigration issues.

Our Civil Rights Department works to protect and defend the constitutional rights of all Americans.  The department counsels, mediates and advocates on behalf of Muslims and others who have experienced religious discrimination. 

Our Immigrants’ Rights Center seeks to empower non-citizens by helping them achieve independence, security, and the opportunity to fully participate in American Society. Clerks will be exposed to immigration, employment discrimination, public accommodation, First Amendment, equal protection, and procedural due process issues.

We take great pride in the work we do and would like to offer the same opportunity for students interested in this type of work.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct thorough intakes, communicate with and counsel a diverse group of community members who believe they have been discriminated against.
  • Research Discrimination Constitutional, Criminal, Employment, and National Security Law, among other areas.
  • Legal writing, including but not limited to, drafting complaints, letters and memos.
  • Communicate with attorneys, employers and others.
  • Communicate with administrative agencies (i.e. EEOC, State agencies, local civil rights commissions, etc.).
  • Keep detailed records of client communication in CAIR databases.
  • Compile data for civil rights department projects.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Current law students enrolled in a J.D./L.L.M. program (or who have completed one of these programs).
  • Sensitivity in working with clients who have faced discrimination.
  • Sound legal research, analytical, and writing skills. One semester of legal research and writing preferred.
  • Demonstrated time-management and multi-tasking abilities.
  • A proactive disposition showing interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to handle concurrent assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Must be able to work well independently.
  • Support the mission of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Externship Terms

The CAIR-LA law externship runs through spring, summer and fall. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample to CAIR-LA's Legal Department at Phone contact: (714) 776 – 1177

CAIR-LA works with local law schools to ensure students earn externship credit. You may contact your law school's career development center to submit applications for CAIR-LA's law externship program.