Careers, Fellowships, and Internships

Intern or Work at 6AC!

Interested in interning or working at 6AC? See Staff Employment and Internship opportunities below.

Staff Employment

We are accepting applications for the 2023-2024 6AC Legal Fellow!

6AC’s commitment to core principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion is central to our mission, impact, and success. We believe that a board and staff composed of varied perspectives generates better ideas and strategies to solve the complex problems our nation’s criminal legal system faces. We encourage candidates from wide-ranging backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experiences to apply.

Location & travel. This is a work-from-home position with flexible schedule possibilities. Travel up to 30% may be required to the extent that it is permitted by existing public health requirements and guidelines.

Position summary. 6AC is a great organization for a graduating 3L law student anywhere in the country who is interested in criminal justice policy reform. 6AC’s Legal Fellow will work closely with 6AC staff on evaluations and reform projects, including:

  • Observe courtroom proceedings and interview criminal justice stakeholders, such as judges, prosecutors, public defenders, probation officers and law enforcement in jurisdictions throughout the country
  • Receive recognition in nationally published reports by 6AC
  • Investigate and report on state and local governments’ compliance with right to counsel case law
  • Track news, legislation, and case law pertaining to the right to counsel in all 50 states
  • Conduct legal research and writing on cutting-edge issues pertaining to the right to counsel
  • Attend national conferences, events, and trainings on the Sixth Amendment right to counsel

This is not a project-based fellowship position. Rather, this is similar to a one-year staff position where the Legal Fellow is fully incorporated into 6AC’s work. This position must be partially or fully funded through a program at the applicant’s law school.

Minimum qualifications

Candidates must meet the minimum qualifications to be considered for this role.

  • Demonstrated commitment to criminal justice reform, indigent defense, and social and racial equity
  • Desire to ensure the Sixth Amendment guarantee of the right to counsel is provided to all adults and children who do not have the money to secure an attorney on their own
  • Juris Doctor degree from an ABA accredited law school by the date of hire
  • Residency in the United States

Preferred qualifications

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Experience in direct services to indigent clients, including through law clinics, externships, and internships
  • Experience collaborating with diverse populations
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and legal research tools (such as Westlaw and LexisNexis)

Salary & benefits. This is a one-year fellowship position. Salary and benefits will, in part, depend on the grant provided by the applicant’s law school program. Benefits from 6AC may include health and supplemental coverage, with flexible schedule possibilities. This is a grant-funded position.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, 6AC fellows may qualify for the federal public service loan forgiveness program.

To apply: Please submit to Aditi Goel (aditi.goel@6ac.org) and Nancy Bennett (nancy.bennett@6ac.org) (1) a resume, (2) a cover letter that includes a description of your interest in the position and the law school funding program and requirements and  (3) an official or unofficial law school transcript.

All inquiries can be made to Aditi Goel and Nancy Bennett. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

FLSA status. This position is exempt.

Internships and Externships

Law students are integral members of the 6AC team, gaining direct exposure to pressing criminal justice issues across the country, making meaningful contributions to 6AC’s evaluations and policy work, and receiving ongoing training, supervision, and mentorship. Because 6AC is a completely remote organization, law students from across the country can fully engage in our work and learn alongside national leaders in building strong, constitutional indigent defense systems! An internship with 6AC is ideal for any law student interested in criminal justice, indigent defense, and/or public policy advocacy, and provides a unique opportunity to learn about the type of multi-strategy advocacy that we believe is necessary to advance justice.   

6AC is committed to training and mentoring future lawyers, and our students work on important projects under the supervision of attorneys who are dedicated to their growth and development. While specific projects change each semester, below are some highlights:

  • Observe court proceedings and interview stakeholders (including judges, defense attorneys, and prosecutors) for 6AC’s state and county-level evaluations
  • Conduct legal research and writing on cutting-edge issues related to the constitutional right to counsel (ex: Pretrial Incarceration: A Public Health Crisis Mitigated by Early Appointment of Counsel)
  • Receive recognition in nationally published reports by participating in 6AC’s evaluative research (ex: The Right to Counsel in Illinois)
  • Draft public education and advocacy materials
  • Learn about the right to counsel in America and multi-strategy public policy reform efforts through a comprehensive series of trainings
  • Receive ongoing career advice and mentorship from 6AC’s staff and Executive Director

Applicants are required to have completed their first year of law school prior to the start of their internship or externship. Ideal student candidates will have:

  • A demonstrated commitment to or interest in criminal justice, indigent defense, and/or public policy advocacy
  • Experience working in cross-cultural settings
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills
  • Coursework or job-related experience in criminal law and constitutional law

To Apply: Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis and should be addressed to Aditi Goel (aditi.goel@6ac.org) and Rachael Liebert (rachael.liebert@6ac.org). To apply, please submit the following materials with the subject line “Student Application – [Spring 2023 Externship / or / Summer 2023 Internship]”:

  1. Cover letter (the best cover letter explains a student’s interest in 6AC’s mission, criminal justice, or indigent defense, and provides information that is not apparent or fully explained in the applicant’s resume)
  2. Resume
  3. Law school transcript, if available (may be unofficial, and students should not feel discouraged from applying based on grades)

Summer Internships

6AC is accepting applications for Summer 2023 law student internships. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Students should be available to work 35 hours per week for ten weeks, though 6AC will consider student requests for alternate schedules and hours. Stipends have been equitably distributed in all prior summer internship programs and may be available for the Summer 2023 internship program depending on funding availability.

Fall and Spring Externships

Applications for the Spring 2023 semester are closed. Applications for term-time externships after Spring 2023 will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Term-time externs typically spend 12-15 hours per week with 6AC, but we will consider student requests for alternative schedules and hours to accommodate credit needs and law school schedules. Students must have completed their first year of law school prior to the start of their externship.