Litigation & Law Spring Extern

Multiple locations /
Office of the Senior Vice President, Policy Campaigns & Advocacy (PCA) – Litigation & Law /
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is the national umbrella organization for the nation’s leading network of women’s health care providers, educators, and advocates, serving women, men, teens and families. Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF) is the advocacy and political arm of PPFA. For over 100 years, Planned Parenthood has done more than any other organization in the United States to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the right and ability of individuals and families to make informed and responsible health care decisions.  

The Public Policy Litigation and Law Department of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) seeks 2L and 3L law student externs for its New York and Washington, D.C. offices for full-time or part-time externships during the spring semester of 2022.

PPFA conducts impact litigation in state and federal courts across the country and has been lead or co-counsel in nearly every reproductive rights case to have reached the Supreme Court over the past 30 years. PPFA also provides strategic legal advice on legislation in Congress and state legislatures and on regulatory issues at the national, state, and local levels.

Our litigation docket includes federal and state court challenges to laws and policies that restrict our patients’ access to abortion, birth control and other comprehensive reproductive health services for women, men, and trans patients. The cases we bring are designed to protect our patients’ constitutional and statutory rights and expand their access to reproductive health services and to protect providers of those services from discrimination. Externs can expect to work closely with PPFA attorneys on a wide variety of litigation responsibilities, including legal research and analysis; drafting memoranda, pleadings, affidavits, and briefs; factual development for ongoing or developing litigation; and communicating with clients.

The externship is open to second- and third-year law students. Successful applicants will have enthusiasm, excellent research and writing skills, and an interest in reproductive justice, health law, racial and economic justice, and/or public interest law more generally.

Interested applicants should use the Lever portal to submit a cover letter explaining their interest in the externship and a resume. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please note that given the COVID-19 pandemic, PPFA offices are closed and we expect the Spring 2022 externship will be remote. We encourage applicants from outside NYC and DC to apply.

Practice Areas: Constitutional Law/First Amendment, Litigation, Non-Profit, Reproductive Rights
Number of Lawyers: 10-20

We value a truly diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity and belonging. Our goal is to attract qualified candidates and encourage applications from all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  We're committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, customer focus, and innovation.

PPFA participates in the E-Verify program and is an Equal Opportunity Employer