AFL-CIO and LCC Resources for Law Students

The AFL-CIO is a voluntary federation of 57 national and international labor unions. The AFL-CIO union movement represents 12 million members, including three million members in Working America, its community affiliate. The mission of the AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families, and to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our nation. The AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee (LCC), which was founded to support legal representation for unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO, consists of over 2,000 lawyers from union legal departments and law firms across the country. The AFL-CIO and the LCC sponsor the following programs to help law students and recent law graduates interested in working in the labor movement:

The LCC Hiring Hall

The LCC Hiring Hall is a monthly list of labor law positions posted by our members. Click here to view the current hiring hall.

The LCC Resume Bank

The LCC sponsors a Resume Bank. If a LCC attorney or LCC-affiliated labor law professor sponsors you, the LCC will post your resume in the LCC Resume Bank, which is posted on the LCC members-only website, where LCC members look for job candidates. For more information, contact lcc@aflcio.org.

The LCC Minority Outreach Program

The LCC’s Minority Outreach Program encourages law students of color to apply for summer clerkship opportunities at LCC law firms and legal departments. The outreach program seeks to introduce minority law students to the practice of law in the labor movement and to encourage them to join the ranks of union-side attorneys in the ongoing battle for social and economic justice. For more information click here, or contact Angelia Wade Stubbs, AFL-CIO Associate General Counsel, awade@aflcio.org.

AFL-CIO Law Student Union Summer Program

Law Student Union Summer (LSUS) is a unique and exciting 10-week internship for law students that combines front-line, labor-related public interest legal work with grassroots organizing in ongoing campaigns by AFL-CIO-affiliated unions throughout the country. In addition to legal research and writing, LSUS interns are involved in community outreach, member mobilization, corporate and other non-legal research, legislative campaigns and general litigation. For more information click here, or contact Matt Ginsburg, AFL-CIO Associate General Counsel, mginsburg@aflcio.org.

AFL-CIO Fellowship Program

The Legal Department of the AFL-CIO annually sponsors a one-year, full-time legal fellowship open to graduating 3Ls, clerks and recent law school graduates. The fellowship offers an excellent opportunity for recent law school graduates to work with experienced union-side lawyers on a variety of issues. The fellow assists experienced lawyers working on cases and regulatory matters that affect the labor movement and the rights of workers. Click here for more information.