Posted on October 25, 2019

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center (the Center) seeks a law student extern for the spring 2020 semester for the Income Security team to support the Center’s work advocating to increase the economic security of low-income women and their families. Law students who are available to commit 12 to 15 hours or more per week during the spring semester are eligible to apply. The Center will work with the extern to secure academic credit.

Extern Duties and Responsibilities

The student selected will be assigned to one attorney mentor but may work with several attorneys during the course of the semester and with the larger Income Security and Child Care/Early Learning team. The extern will support advocacy around federal tax, budget and appropriations, and anti-poverty programs critical to women’s economic security, as well as some potential state tax credit work. This work includes tracking federal legislation, helping draft reports, factsheets, and social media, and supporting the preparation of comments on proposed federal agency regulations. This externship may also involve attending Congressional and/or executive branch proceedings but will not likely involve litigation.

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter indicating that you are interested in an externship with the Income Security team, when you are available to extern, and how many hours per week you can extern. A full application includes a cover letter, resume, transcript, a 5-10 page writing sample (a policy-based writing sample is preferred over a legal brief), and contact information for three references. Electronic submissions are preferred. Please submit your complete application to and include the position title in the subject line. Hard copies may be addressed to: Human Resources, National Women’s Law Center, 11 Dupont Circle, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036, FAX: 202-588-5185. Applications accepted until position is filled. No calls please.

The National Women’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and values a diverse workforce.  We strongly encourage and seek applications from people with disabilities; people of all gender identities; people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals; veterans; and LGBTQIA+ individuals.


As noted above, NWLC welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email us at or you may send the request by mail to:

National Women’s Law Center

ATTN: Human Resources Manager – Talent

11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800

Washington, DC 20036

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