The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the United States Constitution and laws of Nebraska guarantee everyone in the Cornhusker state. ACLU of Nebraska is the state affiliate of the ACLU.

The ACLU of Nebraska’s priority work areas currently include:

  • Criminal justice and prison reform
  • LGBTQ+ rights
  • Women’s rights and reproductive health
  • Police practices and mass surveillance
  • First Amendment rights
  • Racial justice
  • Immigrants’ rights
  • Voting rights

Clerks will be hired as temporary employees and will assist our team in a variety of ways. Work will be focused on legal writing and research in support of our litigation program, as well as client counseling and screening of requests for legal assistance, policy research in support of our legislative advocacy, and possibly involvement in capital post-conviction proceedings. Candidates should be currently enrolled in an accredited law school and have demonstrated excellent legal research and analysis skills. This is a paid part time position at $17/hour (30-40 hours/week).

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion 

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The ACLU makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions. The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying, please e-mail If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process. 

Civil rights and civil liberties violations disproportionately hurt the most marginalized people in society – including people of color, people who have struggled financially, immigrants, women and LGBTQIA+ people. These communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or those whom are members of other marginalized communities. 

Application Process

If you are interested in working with the ACLU, send a cover letter and resume to our Legal Director, Adam J. Sipple, at Application review for Summer 2021 will begin in April 2021. Clerkships will begin on June 1, 2021 or upon completion of finals.