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Information for Penn Law Students

CRLP was founded in order to provide Penn Law students with a pro bono opportunity that advances civil rights. 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.

Research Opportunities:

  • Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission & Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations
    • Research whether domestic and sexual violence victims can be considered a protected class.
    • Examine how religious exemptions under Title VII relate to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
    • Determine the key points from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) guidelines on new amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Pennsylvania
    • Review district court decisions within the Third Circuit on various areas of civil rights and civil liberties law, such as students’ rights, reproductive rights, race and national origin discrimination, free speech, etc.
    • Compile case summaries of the most relevant and novel cases currently in the district courts that may be appealed before the Third Circuit.
    • Help provide the ACLU the opportunity to identify and partner with unrepresented or underrepresented individuals who have suffered violations of their civil rights and may have compelling cases on appeal.
Internship Opportunities:
  • Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission & Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations
    • Volunteer once a week at the Commission’s Philadelphia offices.
    • Participate fully in the Legal Division’s work investigating and prosecuting complaints of unlawful discrimination.
    • Prepare legal opinions and discovery requests.
    • Attend Commission hearings for cases that span the range of the Commission’s coverage, including discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, disability, and age.
  • Mazzoni Center
    • Provide direct legal assistance for individuals facing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. 
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