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For Southern Coalition for Social Justice

Southern Coalition for Social Justice

Non-Profit/Issue Based

Fall; Spring; Summer; 12 Credit; 6 Credit

Poverty Law/Civil Rights Law

Community Advocacy; Factual Investigation; Legal Research & Analysis

Work Description

DESCRIPTIONS OF ORGANIZATION:The Southern Coalition for Social Justice is a multi-professional collaboration for community and regional empowerment. We use the combined skills of lawyers, social scientists, community organizers and media experts to serve low-income and minority communities’ visions for themselves and their community, incorporating an international human rights perspective and linking their efforts to broader processes of political, legal, social and economic change in the South. We have ongoing cases and matters in the areas of voting rights, community development, asset building and prevention of land loss in low-income and minority communities, environmental justice, immigration policy, media justice, and criminal justice system reform.   We seek to integrate a human rights approach to all of our work.



Student projects involve factual investigation, legal research, policy analysis and writing in connection with an ongoing case or matter. Frequently there are opportunities for client interaction; and preparation for and attendance at court hearings. Much of our work is in collaboration with community groups and other advocacy organizations, and projects usually involve some form of interaction with those groups and organizations. Externs are typically assigned to work with a single attorney or practice area, including our Clean Slate Project, Youth Justice Project, Voting Rights section, and Criminal Justice Policy and Litigation section.



Related coursework in civil rights, community development, criminal law, human rights or federal civil procedure is a plus. Any student with an interest in our work will be considered. The student does not need to be certified under the State Bar Student Practice Rule.

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