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About the Law Library

The Library of Congress is the nation’s first established cultural institution and the largest library in the world, with millions of items including books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library provides Congress, the federal government and the American people with a rich, diverse and enduring source of knowledge to inform, inspire, and engage them and support their intellectual and creative endeavors. Congress established its Law Library in 1832, recognizing its need for ready access to authoritative legal materials. The Law Library has grown over the years to become the world’s largest law library, with a collection of nearly three million volumes spanning the ages and covering virtually every jurisdiction in the world.

Opportunities

Law Librarian Internship

Program Description:  The Law Library of Congress serves the Congress by providing it with authoritative and authentic information and analysis on all legal systems of the world. It contains the world’s largest collection of law books and legal resources from all countries. The Law Library presents a unique combination of collections, comprehensiveness, and staff expertise. Over 140 languages are represented in our collections of approximately 5 million items.

The Law Library of Congress welcomes applications for internships from graduate students in library science or law-related professions and disciplines.

Internships are unpaid, but may be undertaken for academic credit and may last anywhere from one month to a year in duration.  Internships at the Law Library of Congress are highly competitive and demonstrated knowledge of the legislative process, judicial writings, scholarly research, and excellent written and oral communication skills are critical considerations in the selection process. Holders of JD degrees are not required to be admitted to any bar. Library school students do not have to have a law degree to be competitive for a placement with the Law Library.  Most internships are site at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, but some may occur off-site.

Applications must include the following:

  1. A cover letter indicating the kind(s) of work experiences that the applicant is seeking and the expected duration and location of the internship(s).
  2. A résumé which lists relevant courses taken/anticipated at all academic levels and applicable work experience (paid or volunteer).
  3. A writing sample on a law or law-related topic.
  4. Foreign language skills and level of proficiency.
  5. The names and contact information for three references (references will NOT be contacted without first informing the applicant).
  6. Country of citizenship and immigration status, if applicable, in the United States.
    Applications for internships are accepted throughout the year and should be sent electronically.

Application Dates: October through February for summer positions; ongoing for fall/winter positions 

Stipend/Compensation: Volunteer

Citizenship Requirements: US citizenship not required

Applications Open To: Graduate students pursuing a JD, LLM, library/information science, or related degree 

Contact & Application Information: Global Legal Research Directorate, [email protected]

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Global Legal Research Internship

Program Description:  The Law Library of Congress serves the Congress by providing it with authoritative and authentic information and analysis on all legal systems of the world. It contains the world’s largest collection of law books and legal resources from all countries. The Law Library presents a unique combination of collections, comprehensiveness, and staff expertise. Over 140 languages are represented in our collections of approximately 5 million items.

Foreign and U.S. trained attorneys respond to congressional, judicial, and federal executive branch inquiries related to U.S., foreign, comparative, and international legal and legislative research with background information, confidential memoranda, reports, and in-person consultations. A staff of experienced lawyers, law librarians, legal editors, and linguists are available to assist Members and staff at all times and remains on call whenever Congress is in session, ready to provide a wide range of legal research and reference services.

In addition to assisting Congress on legislative and representational matters, the Law Library provides service to the public in Congress’s name. The Law Library responds to all questions related to Congress.gov, which makes federal legislative information freely available. Law Library service also includes providing free and updated legal information to American businesses, state and local governments, and curious and concerned citizens.

The Law Library of Congress invites LLM students who are within a semester of graduating or who have graduated within the last two years to apply for internships. The Law Library of Congress provides a highly rewarding and flexible experience, with the opportunity to conduct legal research and prepare reports. Internships will be unpaid with the expectation that interns will secure all of their own funding. Internships are available year round with flexible durations.

LLM students interested in applying for a Law Library of Congress internship should submit a résumé, legal writing sample in English, and a letter of interest. The following information should be included in either the letter of interest or résumé:

  • List of LLM course titles either registered for or completed
  • Language skills and levels of proficiency
  • Career goals and reasons for wanting to come to the Law Library
  • Country of citizenship
  • Country of permanent residence, if different from country of citizenship
  • Contact information for three references
  • Dates of availability

Application Dates: October through February for summer positions; ongoing for fall/winter positions

Stipend/Compensation: Volunteer

Citizenship Requirements: US citizenship not required

Applications Open To: LLM students who are within a semester of graduating or who have graduated within the last two years

Contact & Application Information: Global Legal Research Directorate, [email protected]

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Herencia Crowdsourcing Campaign Internship

Job Summary: The Law Library of Congress seeks several remote interns to assist with the crowdsourcing transcription campaign, Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal DocumentsHerencia is the Library’s first entirely non-English crowdsourcing campaign, consisting of legal documents in the languages of Spanish, Catalan, and Latin from 15th – 19th Century Spain. Interns will work remotely and independently on a series of tasks that will help promote this rare and unique collection and make it more accessible to researchers. Such tasks may include: transcribing documents and reviewing the submitted transcriptions of other volunteers, assisting Law Library staff with the preparation of the next release (Phase 3), and identifying and inviting potential volunteers, as well as other related duties as assigned.

Finally, interns will propose a blog post for the Law Library of Congress blog to discuss interesting discoveries that they have found in the collection.

Interns will be unpaid, but may use this position for volunteer hours or course credit, if applicable to their school’s requirements and prearranged with their sponsoring academic institution. Volunteers with Spanish language skills and/or an interest in Spanish history are encouraged to apply.

Requirements and Qualifications: Interns must have reliable Internet access, an email address they regularly check, and a web browser. Interns should commit to work on the project approximately 10 hours per week for a total of 10 weeks. In addition to other campaign-related tasks assigned, interns should transcribe or review approximately 35 documents each week. Interns should also propose at least one blog post about a discovery they have made in the collection during the course of their internship. 

Application Process: Please use the subject line “Herencia Internship Application” to send an email to [email protected].  The email should include a current  résumé and a short cover letter addressing your answers to the following questions:

  • What are your reasons for applying to this internship?
  • What experience and education do you have that will make you an ideal candidate?
  • Will this be for school credit? If so, how many credits?

Application Dates: The summer 2021 program will include approximately seven to ten interns. We will accept applications for the summer term until May 14th using the email address below and make decisions on an ongoing basis. The summer internship will begin on May 31st and end by August 6th.

Stipend/Compensation: Unpaid/Volunteer

Citizenship Requirements: US citizenship not required

Applications Open To: All higher education students and graduates, especially students majoring in Spanish or History. Priority will be given to those seeking credit for school programs, especially those who have had disruptions in receiving credits due to complications of the current pandemic.

Contact & Application Information: Law Library of Congress Office of External Relations, [email protected]

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Remote Internship: Research for Data and Creative Digital Publications

Job Summary: The Law Library of Congress seeks interns for creating visual data research and creative writing publications that will provide access to legal material on the Law Library of Congress website. Interns will work remotely and independently, in a mostly asynchronous setting. The project will focus on researching a topic of interest to create a dataset for a story map and write blog articles. Training will be provided. Finished projects will be reviewed for potential publication on the Law Library's website.

Interns will be unpaid, but may use this position for volunteer hours or course credit, if applicable to their school’s requirements and prearranged with their sponsoring academic institution. Volunteers with similar education or experience are also encouraged to apply.

Requirements and Qualifications: Interns must have reliable Internet access such that they will be able to commit to working online for the summer. A passion for US history, legal history, and research/writing to share with others is important. There will be three optional presentations per week at 1pm (EST) on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. While they are not mandatory, attendane is highly encouraged.

All higher education students and graduates are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to returning interns, those in library or law programs at the graduate level, and those who have completed such programs.

Application Process: Applicants will submit a résumé and a short cover letter to [email protected] The short cover letter should address what topics you are interested in (legal or nonlegal), as well as any experience in data research or writing creatively.

There will be two tracks of dates: The 12 week program will begin May 17th through the week of August 2nd and be expected to complete approximately 8 hours per week. The 9 week program will begin June 21st through the week of August 16th and be expected to complete approximately 11 hours per week. Please indicate which dates would best suit your needs. (The default/preferred dates will be the 12 week program.)

Important Dates: Applications for the summer program are now closed and the program is full.

Stipend/Compensation: Unpaid/Volunteer

Citizenship Requirements: US citizenship not required

Applications Open To: All higher education students and graduates, especially in library science, political science/international relations/history, or law programs. Priority will be given to those seeking credit for school programs, especially those who have had disruptions in receiving credits due to complications of the current pandemic. Graduates, retirees, and those currently working in the library or legal field are encouraged to apply.

Contact & Application Information: Jennifer González, Digital Resources Division, [email protected]

Note: The Remote Metadata Internship will resume in the fall, focusing on projects to create or edit metadata, depending on the collections available. Applications for this internship are not being accepted at this time and further information will not be available until late summer.

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Law Library External Relations Assistant Volunteer Internship

Program Description: The Law Library External Relations Assistant Internship is a short-term volunteer internship intended for undergraduate or graduate students to gain experience as a program assistant in external relations.  The Law Library of Congress welcomes applications from students in Communications, Digital Media, Public Relations, and related majors.

Internships are unpaid but may be undertaken for academic credit and may last up to 4 months in duration. 

Applications must include the following:

  1. A cover letter indicating the kind(s) of work experiences the applicant is seeking and the expected duration of the internship.
  2. A  résumé listing relevant courses taken/anticipated at all academic levels and applicable work experience (paid or volunteer).
  3. A writing sample, including one or more of the following: press release; blog post; newsletter; article; script (up to 10 pages); Twitter tweet or FaceBook post in connection with a professional/school site (no personal posts).
  4. The names and contact information for three references (references will NOT be contacted without first informing the applicant).

Application Dates: October through February for summer positions; ongoing for fall/winter positions 

Stipend/Compensation: Volunteer

Citizenship Requirements: U.S. Citizen; Permanent Resident; Visa Holder

Applications Open To: Community College, Undergraduate, and Graduate students pursuing a communications-related degree

Contact & Application Information: Chief of the Office of External Relations, [email protected].


Law Library Content Management Internship

Program Description: The Law Library of Congress seeks interns for a project that will serve to increase the visibility of the Law Library of Congress research guides. Interns will work remotely, entering and updating research guide information in the LibGuides content management system. Interns will be unpaid, but may use this position for volunteer hours or course credit, if applicable to their school’s requirements. Participation in the internship subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

Applications must include a  résumé listing relevant courses taken/anticipated at all academic levels and applicable work experience (paid or volunteer), as well as a cover letter that addresses relevant experience and education, especially with LibGuides and legal research.

Application Dates: ongoing

Stipend/Compensation: Volunteer/Unpaid

Citizenship Requirements: U.S. Citizen; Permanent Resident; Visa Holder

Contact & Application Information: Jennifer González, Digital Resources Division, [email protected]

 

Also visit other Library of Congress Internships and Fellowships and our virtual volunteer crowdsourcing program: By the People.

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Last Updated: 04/27/2021