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Knowing that the attorneys at CREEC have a reputation for doing smart, high-stakes work that improves people’s lives, I applied for a CREEC externship as a way to challenge myself to grow in new areas while doing work I believe in.

Allison Crennen-Dunlap, J.D. 2019, Sturm College of Law. Former CREEC Extern

About CREEC externships

The Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC) encourages externship applications from law students who are interested in social change and in hands-on, client-centered learning at a legal nonprofit. We welcome extern applications throughout the year for experiences ranging in duration from one to three months.

Legal externs at CREEC have the opportunity to have client contact, to develop legal and factual research, and to support fast-moving and innovative systems-change litigation and individual representation. CREEC has been a proud host of law student externs for many years and we are dedicated to offering strong mentorship as part of our externship program. We highly value the talents and contributions of law student externs and seek to be diverse and inclusive.


CREEC was established in 2013 to conduct impact litigation and engage in outreach, education, and proactive investigation. Through large-scale class action lawsuits and individual cases, as well as education efforts, CREEC works to ensure that everyone can fully and independently participate in our nation’s civic life without discrimination based on race, gender, disability, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation or gender identity. CREEC’s education and enforcement work and nearly all our current cases fall under the Immigration Detention Accountability Project (IDAP) or under the Accessibility Project.

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