Internships

Internships are available to 1L and 2L students enrolled in Seattle University's summer program in Alaska, and they will take the Alaska course offered through this program.   Internships provide work experience in the Anchorage area.  Under the supervision of attorneys, students will work on substantive matters in a variety of areas while gaining valuable job experience. 

Applicants must email all of their materials (explained below) to Stephanie M. Nichols, Executive Director, Alaska Programs.   Seattle University will forward your materials to the internship sites.

How to Apply

Please send all of the application materials to Stephanie Nichols, Executive Director, Alaska Programs, at the address below.

  1. Complete the application form.  Applications accepted on a rolling basis;
  2. For each internship site where you would like to apply, please submit the following: resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcript.  Please submit these materials to Stephanie M. Nichols via email (nicholss@seattleu.edu) in one PDF file for each internship.  Seattle University will forward your materials to the internship site. 
  3. Please complete and submit the following FERPA form: FERPA form.
  4. Submit a non-refundable deposit of $300 with your materials.  Payments should be made payable to Seattle University School of Law and may be made by check or money order.
  5. Visiting students must submit a letter of good standing and, if receiving financial aid, a completed consortium agreement.

For more information on Seattle University's summer program in Alaska, or to apply, contact Stephanie M. Nichols directly at 206.398.4294, or via e-mail at nicholss@seattleu.edu.

Stephanie M. Nichols, J.D.
Executive Director and Adjunct Professor of Law

Alaska Programs
Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
PO Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090

Internships

ACLU of Alaska

The Alaska affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union expands and defends the constitutional rights and civil liberties of all Alaskans through strategic litigation, public education, and legislative lobbying.  Interns will work with the Staff Attorney on substantive legal projects to include legal research, drafting of pleadings, motions, testimony, education and advocacy material, and correspondence.   Issues include rights protected under the US and Alaska constitutions, and range from First Amendment to prisoners rights, privacy to LGBT protections.  Whenever possible, assignments will be based on intern's particular interests.   Interns will be able to attend and assist with court arguments, strategic planning, legislative lobbying, and public education events.  Interested students should provide a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample.  Additional information about the ACLU of Alaska is available at www.akclu.org 

Please submit all application materials, including resume, cover letter and unofficial transcript to Stephanie Nichols, Executive Director, Alaska Programs.

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Alaska Bar Association

The Alaska Bar Association seeks a 1L or 2L intern to research and facilitate activities serving Alaska's low-income citizens to improve equal access to justice. Projects include website content development for attorney volunteers and overall community, partner with literacy agency to co-develop legal literacy curriculum, assist in development of targeted outreach materials, and recruitment of pro bono attorneys. This internship is perfect for someone who enjoys being innovative and creative in their work. The Alaska Bar Association, founded in 1896, is an instrumentality of the State of Alaska and one of 14 unified bar associations in the United States administering admissions, discipline and continuing legal education. The intern will be supervised by the Pro Bono Director of the Alaska Bar Association.

Please submit all application materials, including resume, cover letter and unofficial transcript to Stephanie Nichols, Executive Director, Alaska Programs.

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Alaska Court System's Family Law Self-Help Center

The Alaska Court System's Family Law Self-Help Center (FLSHC) is seeking a summer intern to work on a variety of issues affecting self-represented litigants in the courts.  The FLSHC helps people without lawyers to navigate the court procedures and understand options for forms.  The Center provides a range of services to self-represented litigants throughout Alaska, including a family law telephone Helpline, web-based self-help materials and forms, self-help classes, and education and outreach to legal and non-legal service providers across Alaska.

The intern will assist in various aspects of service delivery, including delivering existing education classes, developing curricula for new classes, drafting substantive pro se materials for the court's web page, analyzing pro se behavior/needs in various proceedings, and helping with various other projects that will be tailored to the intern's interest.  The intern will have the opportunity to attend numerous court proceedings at the trial and appellate levels, and will have many opportunities to learn about court administration from the inside out. The intern will also have the opportunity to learn about and interact with numerous legal and non-legal service providers in Alaska.

Please submit all application materials, including resume, cover letter and unofficial transcript to Stephanie Nichols, Executive Director, Alaska Programs.

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Alaska Immigration Justice Project

The Alaska Immigration Justice Project (AIJP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and the only agency in Alaska that provides comprehensive low-cost legal services to low-income immigrants. AIJP's core mission is to protect the human rights of Alaska's immigrants by providing comprehensive and quality immigration legal services and facilitating relevant educational forums. The AIJP serves immigrants who are seeking refuge in Alaska after fleeing political persecution or domestic violence, and those seeking to keep their family intact. Our clients are from all over the world, including Gambia, Cameroon, Myanmar (formerly Burma), El Salvador, Colombia, and Mexico. Legal interns will work with the Supervising staff attorney to prepare immigration applications and affidavits, meet with clients and depending on the time of year, attend court hearings.

Please submit all application materials, including resume, cover letter and unofficial transcript to Stephanie Nichols, Executive Director, Alaska Programs.

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Alaska Labor Relations Agency

The Alaska Labor Relations Agency (ALRA) is an adjudicative agency of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The ALRA administers collective bargaining laws for public employers and employees (including the state, municipalities, university, school district and railroad) in Alaska. It conducts elections to certify or decertify employee representatives; hears unfair labor practice charges brought by employers, unions, or individuals; determines appropriate bargaining units; and enforces collective bargaining agreements. The agency offers an interenship to students who have completed their first year of law school, in which the interns can expect to put research, analytical, and writing skills to work right away. Under supervision, interns will do research and case reviews, draft memoranda, and attend hearings. If needed, the interns may perform technical work in support of elections or other proceedings, or be detailed to assist the Occupational Safety and Health Review Board. Interns must comply with confidentiality requirements.  The agency sponsoring this internship would like students to have an interest in administrative, labor and employment in Alaska.

Minimum 20 hours per week.

Please submit all application materials, including resume, cover letter and unofficial transcript to Stephanie Nichols, Executive Director, Alaska Programs.

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Alaska Legal Services Corporation

Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income Alaskans.  It is the goal of ALSC to promote family, social and economic stability by upholding the rule of law and to reduce the economic consequences of poverty. ALSC provides legal services in a variety of matters including: landlord tenant, public benefits, domestic violence/family law, consumer protection and Alaska Native rights. ALSC is the only statewide provider of such comprehensive legal services to Alaska's low-income population. Legal Interns will work with a supervising attorney to do a variety of things including: conducting client interviews, researching relevant legal topics and drafting court pleadings and memoranda.
The ALSC Anchorage office is currently seeking a legal intern to focus on the intersection of Alaska Native rights and education issues.

Please submit all application materials, including resume, cover letter and unofficial transcript to Stephanie Nichols, Executive Director, Alaska Programs.

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Alaska Office of Public Advocacy

The Office of Public Advocacy provides advocacy and legal services to vulnerable Alaskans in a variety of circumstances.  Our agency is divided into eleven separate law firms to carry out statutory and constitutional mandates to represent clients with sometimes divergent interests.  We act as conflict counsel for all Public Defender Agency cases.  As such, a large portion of our practice is devoted to representing indigent clients in criminal matters and parents whose children have been taken into state custody due to allegations of abuse or neglect.  In contrast, separate sections of the Agency act as Guardian ad Litem for all abused and neglected children in the state's custody, and we are the Public Guardians for approximately 1000 incapacitated adults.  Most recently, the Agency has been statutorily authorized to represent elderly Alaskans who have been victims of fraud or financial exploitation, through our Elder Fraud Unit.  The Elder Fraud Unit pursues civil remedies for individual elderly fraud victims on a daily basis.  OPA's Appellate and Post-Conviction Unit handles criminal appeals and post-conviction claims throughout the State of Alaska.  The majority of this practice is done before the Alaska Court of Appeals and the Alaska Supreme Court.

Please submit all application materials, including resume, cover letter and unofficial transcript to Stephanie Nichols, Executive Director, Alaska Programs.

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Bliss, Wilkens & Clayton

Bliss, Wilkens & Clayton is a client centered Alaska law firm with a practice focusing on complex civil litigation.  While its office is located in downtown Anchorage, its lawyers represent clients in federal and state courts in communities throughout the state.  Cases may involve contract disputes, real estate, probate or other property issues, insurance disputes or partnership squabbles.  Summer Interns can expect to engage primarily in analytical debate with lawyers leading to research and writing of legal memos and court briefs designed to advance a client's interests.  Some factual investigation, witness interviews and observation of hearings or trials may be possible.  The members of the Bliss, Wilkens & Clayton team love Alaska and the lifestyle which can be achieved here.  Hobbies and interests include book clubs, camping, fly fishing, float planes, hockey, photography, river rafting and skiing.  Al Clayton, the law partner who works with Seattle University School of Law to coordinate placing an intern at Bliss, Wilkens & Clayton  is a lifelong Alaskan, a private pilot, and a member of the Pioneers of Alaska.

Please submit all application materials, including resume, cover letter and unofficial transcript to Stephanie Nichols, Executive Director, Alaska Programs.

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Federal Public Defender - District of Alaska

The Federal Public Defender for the District of Alaska is responsible for the representation of indigent defendants charged with crimes in the United States District Courts in Alaska. The Federal Defender Office is located in Anchorage and represents clients in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Ketchikan. Law student interns work with Assistant Federal Defenders on projects related to the intern's interests and skill sets. Cases typically handled in the Federal Defender Office include drug cases, gun cases, white collar crime, immigration charges, fish and wildlife violations, among other federal crimes. Interested students should provide a cover letter, resume and writing sample.

Please submit all application materials, including resume, cover letter and unofficial transcript to Stephanie Nichols, Executive Director, Alaska Programs.

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Fortier & Mikko, P.C.

Fortier & Mikko, P.C. is a four-lawyer firm that emphasizes the delivery of legal services to rural Alaska. Our work includes Native rights advocacy and representation of Tribes and village corporations throughout the Bristol Bay, Calista, Bering Straits, Arctic Slope and Doyon regions of Alaska. Our office is located in midtown Anchorage.

Fortier & Mikko, P.C. in Anchorage, Alaska, seeks a 1L or 2L intern with exceptional research and writing skills with special preference given to an Alaska Native law student. The summer intern will work on such projects as the development of a manual on Native probate that incorporates the three different types of probate that pertain to Native people - restricted property, state probate, and Native Corporation probate; clarifying legislation that will nullify the latest Department of Interior's constricted interpretation of the Tribal List Act of 1994; and a plethora of other ongoing litigation issues.

Please submit all application materials, including resume, cover letter and unofficial transcript to Stephanie Nichols, Executive Director, Alaska Programs.

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Judicial Clerkship with Judge Eric Aarseth

The Anchorage Court is the largest court in Alaska. As a Superior Court Judge in Anchorage, I handle primarily felony trials, pre-trial motions and prioceedings, along with petitions to revoke probation and attending matters such as bailt and arraignments. I also hear juvenile deliquency cases, appeals from District Court (both criminal and  civil) and administrative agencies, and post conviction relief filings. This placement will be a unique opportunity to:

  • observe civil and criminal hearings, felony trials, and motion practice;
  • assist the court in preparation for hearings and motions;
  • utilize research skills;
  • assist the court in the preparation of jury instructions; research both civil and criminal appeals, as well as post conviction applications for relief; and
  • prepare research memoranda for the Judge.

Please submit a resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript, a 5-7 page writing sample, and 2 letters of recommendation to Stephanie Nichols, Executive Director, Alaska Programs.

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Judicial Clerkship with Judge Suzanne Cole

The Anchorage Court is the largest court in Alaska. Judge Suzanne Cole is a Superior Court Master that handles primarily domestic and probate matters including adoptions, adult and juvenile arrangements, mental health commitments, domestic violence and Child In Need of Aid Cases. This internship placement will be a unique opportunity for a student who can work independently and creatively, taking initiative to identify needs and solutions. Interns will:

  • Observe courtroom decisions and motion hearings on domestic relations and potentially criminal matters;
  • Assist the court in preparation for hearings and motions;
  • Utilize research skills;
  • Research and draft final decisions; and
  • Prepare opinions on domestic matters such as modifying child custody, visitation or support.

Please submit all application materials, including resume, cover letter and unofficial transcript to Stephanie Nichols, Executive Director, Alaska Programs.

Judicial Clerkship with Judge Patrick McKay

The Anchorage Court is the largest court in Alaska. As a Superior Court Judge in Anchorage, I handle primarily felony trials, pre-trial motions and proceedings, along with petitions to revoke probation and attending maters such as bail and arraignments. I also hear juvenile delinquency cases, appeals from District Court (both criminal and civil) and administrative agencies, and post conviction relief filings. This placement could be a unique opportunity to:

  • Observe civil and criminal hearings, felony trials, and motion practice;
  • assist the court in preparation for hearings and motions;
  • utilize research skills;
  • assist the court in the preparation of jury instructions; research both civil and criminal appeals, as well as post conviction applications for relief.

Please submit all application materials, including resume, cover letter and unofficial transcript to Stephanie Nichols, Executive Director, Alaska Programs.

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Robert Stone Law Office LLC

The Robert Stone Law Office LLC in Anchorage, Alaska, is a thriving civil practice, focusing on plaintiff personal injury cases. Based in the heart of downtown Anchorage, the Robert Stone Law Office LLC is minutes away from state and federal courts, state offices, and corporate headquarters. Robert D. Stone, a life-long Alaskan, is the owner of the Robert Stone Law Office LLC. The Robert Stone Law Office LLC support staff consists of a paralegal/office manager and a legal secretary. The Robert Stone Law Office LLC staff plays an active role in delivering results for the firm's clients and is involved in many facets of the day-to-day practice. Summer Interns can expect to put their developing analytic and writing skills to work right away. Interns will interview clients and potential witnesses, perform research, draft pleadings, prepare settlement packets to submit to insurance companies, and provide support for the Robert Stone Law Office LLC's counsel in all areas of the civil litigation practice. Mr. Stone is an active member of the Alaska Bar Association. He has served as a member of the Alaska Bar Association's Board of Governors, as a member of the Discipline Hearing Committee since 1998, and as a member of the Lawyer's Fund for Client Protection Committee since 1996. Mr. Stone has also been a member of the Alaska Academy of Trial Lawyers since 2000 and has served as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Alaska Academy of Trial Lawyers since 2004. He has been a member of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association since 2002, and is admitted to practice in both Alaska and Washington D.C.

Please submit all application materials, including resume, cover letter and unofficial transcript to Stephanie Nichols, Executive Director, Alaska Programs.

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Native American Rights Fund

Founded in 1970, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) is the oldest and largest nonprofit law firm dedicated to asserting and defending the rights of Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide. NARF provides legal representation and technical assistance to Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide - a constituency that often lacks access to the justice system. NARF focuses on applying existing laws and treaties to guarantee that national and state governments live up to their legal obligations. NARF would like to have an intern this summer to work on projects in the following areas: the preservation of tribal existence; the protection of tribal natural resources; the promotion of human rights; the accountability of governments; and the development of Indian law and educating the public about Indian rights, laws, and issues. Interns will be involved specifically in comprehensive research projects and be responsible to submit detailed memoranda of law to their supervising attorney.

Please submit all application materials, including resume, cover letter and unofficial transcript to Stephanie Nichols, Executive Director, Alaska Programs.

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Municipality of Anchorage

The Municipality of Anchorage, with a population of 260,000+ (41.5% of the State), covers almost 2,000 square miles and employs approximately 2,500 employees. The Business & Commercial Law Department of the Municipal Attorney's Office handles all real estate & contract matters for the Municipality, from a simple use permit to sophisticated & complex lease & sale transactions, advising municipal debts regarding business & commercial transactions, negotiating business terms, and drafting use, lease, & sale documents. General subject matter includes real property (earnest money, purchase agreements, sales, exchanges, co-ownership, allocation of purchase price); contracts (purchasing, govt agts, construction, management, professional services); business organizations (corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, acquisition, reorganization & merger, agency); easements & covenants, lease negotiation, drafting & review; title issues; environmental issues (indemnity, risk shifting & avoidance, conservation easements); security interests (deeds of trust, tax liens, UCC, subordination); entity & enterprise sales, acquisitions & exchanges; accounting (financial statements, governmental accounting,); and insurance. As issues arise, interns will engage in work in all areas, with emphasis on areas of interest if possible, including litigation & non-litigation matters, research, drafting memoranda and documentations, and meetings with departments, department heads, and executives. This internship has a time commitment of 30 hours per week.

Please submit all application materials, including resume, cover letter and unofficial transcript to Stephanie Nichols, Executive Director, Alaska Programs.

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State of Alaska Department of Law

The State of Alaska Department of Law is seeking interns for summer 2011.  The Department of Law is part of the executive branch of Alaska state government, and is divided into four department divisions and sections: civil, criminal, regional district attorney's offices, and administrative services.  The attorney general is the principal executive officer of the department, and is appointed by the governor of Alaska. The attorney general serves as the legal advisor for the governor and other state officers, prosecutes all violations of state criminal law, and enforces the consumer protection and unfair trade practices laws.

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