ASPCA is inviting applications from eligible candidates for the remote legal externship opportunity in the United States.


The ASPCA was founded in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment by humans and must be protected under the law. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with more than two million supporters nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and farm animals throughout the United States.

About the Legal Externship

ASPCA is inviting applications from eligible candidates for the remote legal externship opportunity in the United States. This is a paid externship and is structured as a learning or work-study program at the undergraduate or graduate school level. Students will be mentored by professional attorneys.

The duration of each externship position is flexible and will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Generally, the position is aligned with school semesters and is part-time during the school year and full-time in the summer.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Researching legal issues and drafting memos related to various corporate issues, helping to provide legal counsel to the business managers on intellectual property and general business issues, and providing general legal support within the ASPCA where needed.  
  • Reviewing and drafting various corporate contracts and other legal documents (including confidentiality agreements, content licenses, consulting contracts, etc.), and providing advice to internal clients in order to further related negotiations with third parties. 
  • Conducting background research to ensure compliance with state, federal, and local laws and internal policies, including performing research and analysis on diverse substantive and procedural issues, such as a wide variety of issues relevant to ASPCA initiatives and programs. 
  • Creating templates, resources, and other educational materials. 

Required Qualifications

  • Students currently enrolled in law school.
  • Candidates will be supervised by an attorney who is licensed to practice law in NY, DC, NJ, WA, GA, NC, or MA and candidates must be able to be supervised by an attorney licensed in those states.
  • Knowledge of substantive issues related to laws pertaining to animals is preferred.
  • Experience working in a legal environment, in an animal hospital or shelter, or with animal rescue groups, would be a plus.


$16 per Hour.

How to Apply?

Interested candidates can apply through the link provided at the end of this post and submit a cover letter focused on why this specific placement is a good fit, a resume, and a short writing sample (a memo is better than a brief for this purpose).

Application Deadline

July 25, 2023 at 9:00 am ET.

Click here to apply.