Join Our Team | Legal Interns

Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) seeks to engage committed individuals as legal interns to support strategies to advance human rights and social justice in Jamaica

Duration: 3 months (with possible extension)

Background

Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is a non-profit, non-partisan human rights and social justice organization that advocates for good governance, access to justice, and state accountability. JFJ works on behalf of victims to secure justice, conducts research on human rights issues, delivers training in communities, and engages in policy and legislative advocacy to advance social justice in Jamaica. JFJ works heavily on matters related to public security, the rights of children, and access to justice for vulnerable and marginalized groups.

The Legal Intern will directly support JFJ’s legal efforts, locally and internationally, and will directly participate in various areas of JFJ’s activities, including legal research, strategic planning, case development, and where possible, advocacy. The Legal Intern must be truly passionate about human rights and social justice issues and be fully able to work effectively in a fast-paced, non-profit environment.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct legal research on relevant issues of law, human rights, and justice
  • Prepare memoranda and other submissions on relevant issues of law, human rights, and justice
  • Attend court sessions and other hearings, where needed
  • Monitor and maintain case files
  • Interface with and update persons who utilize JFJ’s services
  • Advise persons on specific matters of law, human rights and justice

Required Competences

The Legal Intern must be fully committed to human rights, social justice and their attendant principles – without exception; be fully able to work with diverse, multicultural people; be able to work independently, flexibly, in a fast-paced and informal environment; and be willing and able to travel locally.

  • At least a Bachelor’s Degree in Law or comparable legal education (including degrees imminently pending)
  • Any experience in at least one of the following fields will be an asset: law; legal research and writing; advocacy; human rights; or related fields
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Full competence with ICT, including, but not limited to use of Microsoft Office Suite.

Application Instructions

Interested persons should submit the following to admin@jamaicansforjustice.org with subject “Legal Intern,” by June 15, 2017:

  • A letter of interest (required)
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) (required)
  • Optional: Any material relevant to skills/past work, in any format

JFJ is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate. All individuals will be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.