Internships

 

The Sugar Law Center provides legal internships for law students throughout the year. We strive to offer a highly educational and rewarding experience. We accept resumes year-round generally have between 2 and 6 interns at any given time.

Still undecided? Check out what some of our interns have to say:

“I was nervous to do a internship at an organization my Professor referred to as the ‘little engine that could’, an organization I have much respect for. Much to my delight, not only is everyone so incredibly friendly, they are also an empathetic group willing to walk me through whatever I need help with.
I feel a great sense of pride in where I have been working and the work I have been helping with. The efforts of this organization are vital to ensuring the basic rights of workers and, even though they are small in numbers, the Sugar Law Center makes up for it with vast experience, skills and passion. This has been a priceless learning experience and the best atmosphere I could have to be introduced to the practice of law in the name of public interest. I am grateful for this opportunity and hope to have as wonderful of an environment to work in in the future.” – Phyllis

As co-Chair of the U of A National Lawyers Guild chapter, John helped organize legal observer trainings and other educational events. John also volunteered as an organizer for Tucson’s Border Action Network and helped to organize Section 8 tenants throughout Arizona. During his time as an intern at the Sugar Law Center, John worked on WARN litigation and a WARN Act newsletter for state officials. He also contributed to a review of state and federal environmental justice statutes.

“I began law school with a strong belief that justice is not a commodity, that everyone is entitled to fairness under the law, and to just law. But what I found was a system of class, race, and gender hierarchies disguised under a cloak of tradition and precedent and constructions of neutral and reasonable people, and people wanting-–expecting-–to profit off of it. And no one there to challenge that. When I did, my critical thinking was regarded as nothing more than an academic exercise, my idealism naive.

At the Sugar Law Center, I learned a whole lot about the living wage movements across the country, the abuse of tax increment financing through corporate and municipal alliances, and the ridiculous water crisis in Michigan.

While all of this newfound knowledge is important, what I will take away with me most is the reassurance that I am not crazy. That there really are lawyers, legal workers, and law students out there determined to fight for progressive change. There are genuine, impassioned educators and activists who, like me, happen to choose the law as their weapon of choice, and it is with these types of people with whom I would like to work long-term. Kudos to the SLC and the NLG for helping keep my sanity and perspective and passion amidst the strong forces at law school trying to take me to the Dark Side.” – Melissa

“In law school, we’re taught that hierarchy is a natural phenomenon and that it is a healthy byproduct of legal education and practice. We’re expected to structure our lives according to the principles of hierarchy….We’re taught to expect the same thing from our professional lives.

This is why my experiences at the Sugar Law Center have been so refreshing. Not only are the legal workers, lawyers, and community organizers dedicated to eradicating hierarchy and oppression in the community, they approach hierarchy within the office with the same seriousness of purpose. Working here has given me hope that lawyers can work together with community organizers and legal workers from a basis of mutual respect and together can create progressive change in the community.” – John

If you are interested in being an intern, please email a resume, a writing sample, and a short paragraph about why you and Sugar Law would fit well together to mail@sugarlaw.org.