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Internship Program

Experience Of A Lifetime


Learn about appellate law from experienced and passionate attorneys. Gain research, brief writing, and oral argument skills. Join a group of people dedicated to making a positive change in the law.

Who We Are:

The Washington Appellate Project vigorously defends the Constitution and our client’s rights. We represent indigent clients appealing their criminal convictions, civil commitments, and terminations of their parental rights.


Our office is small and collegial, with fifteen attorneys and four administrative staff. Many of our attorneys have worked as trial public defenders, civil practitioners, and judicial law clerks. Our attorneys appear in the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit, Washington’s Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals.

What Is The Program Like?:

As an intern or extern, you will directly represent clients and write briefs to be filed in our appellate courts. Students who are Rule 9 qualified may be able to argue their cases in court. You will also work closely with a cohort of attorneys and will receive significant peer review of your written work.

To Apply:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and offers are generally extended four to five months ahead of the anticipated start date. Preference is given to students who can remain with WAP for two or more quarters or semesters. WAP will only host up to three interns or externs at a time.


We are currently looking for students for Summer and Fall 2020. To apply for a position, send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of references to: apply@washapp.org.


WAP values a diverse workforce and encourages applications from all qualified law students, including students of color, LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities, students from low-income backgrounds, and students directly impacted by the criminal justice system.