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2805 Litiigation Intern - Durham, NC

The Organization:

Self-Help is a leading national community development financial institution (CDFI) headquartered in Durham, NC. Founded in 1980, Self-Help has provided over $7 billion in financing to 131,000 families, individuals and businesses underserved by traditional financial institutions. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by financing hundreds of homebuyers each year, as well as nonprofits, child care centers, community health facilities, public charter schools, and residential and commercial real estate projects. The Self-Help family of non-profit organizations includes North Carolina’s Self-Help Credit Union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Self-Help Ventures Fund and the Center for Responsible Lending, a national policy and advocacy organization addressing abusive lending practices. Through its credit union network, Self-Help serves over 129,000 people in North Carolina, California, Chicago and Florida and offers a full range of financial products and services. Learn more at, and

Internship Program: 
Self-Help/CRL offers a 10 week summer internship program that is designed to give students valuable experience in a professional setting while broadening their knowledge of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI’s). Along with each specific intern project, the intern will participate in a series of brownbag lunches to learn more about Self-Help and the Community Development industry as a whole. Interns will also be given the opportunity to network with one another and other Self-Helpers through a variety of planned events.

Internship Description: 
The Litigation Unit aims through litigation to protect and further strong consumer protections in accordance with CRL's broader mission and goals. Primarily, the Litigation Unit does this through direct action (including federal administrative challenges), amicus briefs in state and federal court, and collaborative legal work with CRL's fellow advocacy organizations. Interns will work directly with Litigation Director and Litigation Counsel on ongoing matters. In addition, Litigation Intern will have an opportunity to learn about CRL's policy work and advocacy in various topics including small dollar lending, student loans, fair lending, mortgages, and debt collection. 

Essential Responsibilities: 

  •  Legal research and monitoring of ongoing litigation developments
  • legal writing, including memorandums, briefs, and other pleadings.
  • Assist CRL staff in preparing research memos, policy statements and other communications.
  • Participation in strategic planning regarding litigation.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Completed first year of law school
  • A demonstrated interest in CRL'S mission and public interest advocacy work.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with Federal Administrative Procedures Act, Dodd-Frank Act, state consumer financial protection laws, or Appellate Advocacy


Physical Requirements: 
Frequently requires use of manual dexterity and repetitive motions, primarily with the wrists, hands, and/or fingers. Must be able to occasionally lift and exert force of up to 10 pounds.


Please submit a thoughtful cover letter describing why you are interested in this internship and a resume to  with the internship title as the subject by February 25, 2019.

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Self-Help is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, class, age, gender, religion, disability that can be accommodated, marital status, ancestry, nationality, family status or sexual orientation.