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About the Civil Rights Law Project

The Civil Rights Law Project is committed to protecting and promoting civil rights and social justice.  The Project allows students to assist in important civil rights legal proceedings and/or participate in exciting legal research and writing to support local nonprofit organizations dedicated to civil rights and social justice.  Through such rewarding work, students are able to hone their legal skills while advancing a just and rewarding cause. The project’s ultimate goal is to promote the principles of anti-discrimination, equal opportunity, and equal justice under the law for all persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or poverty.

The Civil Rights Law Project works throughout the year with various civil rights organizations such as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, and more. For a complete list of the organizations we work with, please see our information page for Penn Law students

We have both research and internship opportunities available for all law students, including and especially 1Ls. To get involved or to join our mailing list, please contact us at