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Top 3 Cool Legal Jobs This Week: Gay Rights and Civil Liberties

By Jonathan R. Tung, Esq. on April 29, 2016 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

There is a lot of focus lately on the rather amorphous state of gay rights and transgender peoples' civil liberties in this country as of late. Between religious freedom laws and the right to use the bathroom that corresponds with one's chosen gender identity, political sentiment is fraught with controversy.

That's why we decided to focus on gay and transgender rights this week. But the overall aim ought to be a renewed focus on civil rights in general. Where there is controversy and social upheaval, there is a place for lawyers.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights: Public Interest Associate

If you have a desire to work in public interest with a specific focus on LGBT rights issues, then you might want to consider applying to this one -- particularly if you've been offered a deferral to work in public interest by a paying firm. You'll be expected to work side by side with more experienced attorneys, which means you'll be able to cut your teeth on motion practice, briefs, legal research, and maybe even getting published. Another side duty will be to communicate legal information about LGBT civil rights issues to the community. The position is full-time in San Francisco.

If you're willing to take on a little more responsibility you might consider the position of Staff Attorney with Lambda Legal. Their regional offices down in LA are looking for someone who will help push t he Law & Policy Project, a nationwide campaign to advance LGBT rights by pushing for laws that prohibit discrimination based on gender orientation or sexuality. This project involves quite a bit of public speaking and broad-based advocacy. As such, you will be required to have a minimum of four years' experience practicing as an attorney. Make sure your charisma is high with this position -- you're going to need to talk to a lot of people.

ACLU: Staff Attorney at the Center for Justice

The American Civil Liberties Union always needs good attorneys and now is your opportunity to join. You will be required to have had a minimum of seven years of experience as a practicing lawyer for this position, so you'll will be making a bit of a career move here. Maybe you're getting out of the corporate BigLaw or in-house game and you want to be spending time with people who have a little more kick in their step. But enthusiasm won't be enough: you'll need bar membership in either New York or D.C. to land this one.

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