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Solidarity Center

Law Clerk

Equality and Inclusion – Washington, District of Columbia
Department Equality and Inclusion
Employment Type Internship
Minimum Experience Entry-level

Solidarity Center


The Solidarity Center is the largest U.S.-based international workers’ right organization helping workers attain safe and healthy workplaces, family-supporting wages, dignity on the job, and greater equity at work and in their community. Allied with the AFL-CIO, the Solidarity Center assists workers across the globe as, together, they fight discrimination, exploitation and the systems that entrench poverty – to achieve shared prosperity in the global economy.   

The Solidarity Center provides a wide range of education, training, research, legal support and other resources to help build strong and effective trade unions and more just and equitable societies. Our programs—in some 60 countries—focus on human and worker rights, union skills, occupational safety and health, economic literacy, human trafficking, women’s empowerment, gender-based violence, and bolstering workers in an increasingly informal economy.

As an organization, we believe that gender equality and women’s rights are a necessary condition for the achievement of labor rights for all, and vice-versa, and that unions are one of the most powerful social actors for advancing a coherent agenda of equality, economic justice, worker rights, and sustainable livelihoods.

The Solidarity Center is offering a clerkship to a law student during Spring 2019 in Washington, DC. The Solidarity Center law clerk position is a great opportunity to experience the law as a social change tool.

The law clerk will work an average of 8-10 hours per week throughout the semester. Law clerks are highly encouraged to seek out academic credit or financial support through their law school.

Position: Law Clerk

Location: Washington, DC

Time-period: Spring 2019, part-time (8-10 hours per week for 10 weeks).

Position Description: The law clerk will support the Washington, DC-based staff of the Equality and Inclusion Department and Rule of Law Department. Possible industries will include but not be limited to agriculture, garment, and domestic workers.

Responsibilities (all duties are under the advisement and mentorship of a senior attorney):

  • Assisting a senior attorney to research and write short papers on issues related to gender, inclusion and intersectionality including gender-based violence in the world of work and domestic and international legal instruments that address it;
  • Assisting a senior attorney in the drafting of labor and employment law and policy/research/briefing papers on relevant topics;
  • Attending calls and meetings with staff based overseas and assisting in the development of materials to support their work;
  • Assisting program staff with community briefings, seminars and other events related to program;
  • Assist in the development of and communication with an emerging community of practice on gender equality/worker rights;
  • Attend and/or assist with meetings, workshops and seminars on relevant topics relating to our work; and
  • Other assignments as requested.


  • Demonstrated excellent legal writing skills
  • Excellent legal research skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work under short deadlines with a quick turn around
  • Familiarity with labor organizing  
  • Demonstrated interest in human and worker rights
  • Demonstrated commitment to gender equality and inclusion
  • Good communication and inter-personal skills
  • Good judgment and ability to think creatively
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and independently
  • Good computer skills including word processing and Excel 

Deadline: Applications are being accepted until the position is filled.   

Please no telephone calls. Due to capacity constraints, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Please upload cover letter, resume and 3-5 page writing sample



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