Summer Law Clerk

IPP is looking for summer law clerks to focus on client representation. Law clerks will work directly with one or more incarcerated clients. Law clerk will communicate extensively with clients, travel to prisons in Illinois, prepare commutation or re-sentencing petitions on behalf of an individual client or clients, and work on release plans for individual clients.  Law clerk positions are unpaid, though course credit may be available from your institution.  Summer clerkships are full time. Law clerks have the option of working from our Chicago office or working remotely.


  • Conduct legal research in the area of criminal law
  • Assist in representation of currently incarceration people, including drafting individualized commutation and resentencing petitions
  • Communicate directly with clients by mail, phone, and in-person visits
  • Build release plans for currently incarcerated people, including placement, medical benefits, and employment
  • Provide support for other legal programming

Benefits of Internship

  • Visibility into the operations of an impactful legal aid organization
  • Mentorship from Organization staff
  • Development of hands-on legal skills
  • Development of research, writing, and communication skills
  • Experience in an underdeveloped and underrepresented area of law


  • Current enrollment in an ABA accredited law school
  • Previous experience conducting research in an academic and/or non-academic environment
  • Interest in the intersection between social justice and the law
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

How to Apply

Submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample via email to with "Summer Law Clerk” in the subject line