Full-time and part-time legal clerkships are available for law students year-round, typically in the St. Louis office. Kansas City placement will be considered. Clerkships are unpaid, but the ACLU of Missouri will work with law schools to secure academic credit, work study, and/or public interest stipends. Parking or public transit provided.

Summer law clerk applicants should endeavor to apply between January 1 and January 31 of the year for which they are seeking a position. After that date, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Fall law clerk positions have been filled for 2021. The ACLU of Missouri is currently accepting applications for spring 2022 and will accept applications for summer 2022 beginning January 1, 2022.


  • Assist legal staff in developing cases for litigation
  • Conduct legal research on civil liberties matters and prepare legal memoranda analyzing constitutional law and civil liberties issues
  • Draft demand letters, pleadings, and/or briefs
  • Interview potential clients
  • Attend meetings of the ACLU-MO Legal Committee
  • Attend court proceedings
  • Organize and manage case files


  • Hands-on experience working on real cases
  • Improve legal research and writing skills; get feedback on written work product
  • Learn how to manage case files
  • Develop strong client communication skills
  • Work on complex, cutting-edge constitutional law and civil liberties issues
  • Work on a wide variety of legal matters
  • Relaxed work environment; flexible hours
  • May qualify for work study or public interest stipends


  • Basic legal research and writing skills
  • Familiarity with Westlaw or Lexis
  • Interest in constitutional law and civil liberties (coursework in these areas not necessary, but helpful)
  • Familiarity with Bluebook helpful


Please email a resume and a legal writing sample to LawClerkApplications@aclu-mo.org. The body of your email may serve as a cover letter. Transcripts and letters of recommendation are not required.