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The African American Policy Forum (AAPF) is seeking a team of highly motivated full-time summer law clerks for its Critical Race Theory (CRT) summer programming!

This is a  9- to 10-week remote clerkship starting immediately and ending in August, 2021. Law clerks will gain first-hand experience developing CRT and intersectional knowledge production, applying CRT and intersectionality to real-world law and policy applications, and gaining insight into connecting research and policy analysis with on-the-ground organizing. Law clerks will work full time (35-40 hrs/wk). Due to the remote nature of this opportunity, clerks must have their own computer and internet access. Hourly compensation, commensurate with experience, will be offered.

About AAPF’s Summer 2021 Clerkship Program:

At AAPF, we say that if you can’t name a problem, you can’t fix it. That is the lesson of intersectionality, but more broadly, it is a message that has assumed renewed importance in the face of ongoing efforts to legislate anti-racist ideas out of the public arena. We know that without the conceptual tools to understand how racial and other inequalities are institutionally embedded and reproduced, future generations will be left without the means or the public will to address our unique legacies. Over the next few months our summer law clerks will play an integral role in putting CRT and intersectionality in action, and advancing their fundamental tenets in public discourse. Law clerks will work closely with members of the AAPF team in the implementation of critical race and intersectional frameworks. AAPF is committed to providing a substantive experience for law students with strong research and writing skills and a grounded understanding of CRT and Intersectionality.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Full participation in brainstorming sessions with the AAPF team;

  • Contributing to AAPF’s #TruthBeTold Campaign and other initiatives through legislative and policy research;  

  • Contributing to the success of AAPF’s Critical Race Theory Summer School; 

  • Preparing communications, such as memos, emails, newsletters, reports, and other correspondence; and 

  • Supporting the Executive Director and other leadership for various projects such as speech writing, media appearance preparation, and op-eds.

The Ideal Candidate should have: 

  • A deep scholarly understanding of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality

  • Familiarity with Kimberlé Crenshaw's work

  • Familiarity with AAPF’s programs and initiatives

  • Strong organizational, multi-tasking, and prioritizing skills

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite

  • Proven experience in multidisciplinary research 

  • The ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a dynamic environment

  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, and communication and interpersonal skills

Submission Process:

Must be a law student who has completed their first year of law school, or a student pursuing their LLM to be eligible. Eligible candidates should access the application here. You will be prompted to provide your resume, a cover letter, a relevant writing sample of 3-5 pages that highlights your CRT and/or intersectional understanding, a 250-word statement as to why you are interested in the work, and two personal references. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. PT (8:00 p.m. ET) Friday, May 28th.  Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. You will be notified if you are selected for an interview.