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Updated Dec 5, 2014
Updated Dec 5, 2014
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    Paralegal Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at American Civil Liberties Union.

    Interview Details

    I applied online via e-mail without any concrete connections, so I really didn't expect a response. I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. They got back to me in about a month, we had a phone interview, then I went for an in-person interview a week later. Two staff attorneys and a paralegal were present. The phone interview was a way to review my credentials/resume and the in-person interview was a way to get to know ME. They were interested in my passions and opinions and background and ambitions. Go out of your way to study their current projects, cases, and blog posts. They want to hire people that live and breathe civil liberties, the kind of person that has "mass incarceration" as a google alert. The questions were VERY specific, so prepare accordingly. Also, make sure to have at least 4 post-interview questions that are GREAT and can spark a conversation. If you're actually passionate about the position and not just applying for the ACLU's name, the interview will be very easy.

    Interview Questions
    • "Why law?" As in, why the field of law. I was taken a back at first because up until that point they were only asking specific questions and this one was so broad and a bit vague.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Law Clerk Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at American Civil Liberties Union.

    Interview Details

    The initial communications were done via email with the legal director to set the interview time and also send updated copies of resume and writing samples. The interview was done at the office in the work area you will be working. It was very informal with both attorneys that work there. They seemed to care more about whether you are a good fit and would enjoy working on the type of legal issues they work on and odd clientele. During the interview they showed me the types of cases they were handling and the somewhat odd and to some disturbing clients and asked if I would be comfortable representing them and their views. Other than that they went over my resume and ask about my prior experience.

    Interview Questions
    • Would you be comfortable representing the clients we work for (i.e. the KKK) and whether their views would have an effect on your work product?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Paralegal Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied through other source – interviewed at American Civil Liberties Union in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    Emailed my application materials and received a phone call the next day to schedule telephone interview. First phone interview was with the current assistant who was leaving; unique opportunity to ask questions and get insight of the outgoing support person. Next phone interview was with the associate attorney. Later had in-person interview, first with the departing employee and then separately with the senior and associate attorneys.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions weren't necessarily difficult or unexpected, but somewhat unfocused. This was their first time interviewing/hiring for a paralegal as opposed to general admin. support, and I wasn't sure that they knew exactly what they wanted.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at American Civil Liberties Union in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    I sent an email to the intern coordinator asking about opportunities and complimenting a recent public affairs campaign. She emailed back asking about my experience and we emailed briefly. I was invited for a quick interview and got a summer internship. It was a lot of fun and a great work environment. Wish they had more funding though.

    Interview Questions
    • Are you a civil libertarian? and if so, why?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at American Civil Liberties Union in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    Met in main conference room with supervisor. Was very nice. Asked questions about my resume, just wanted to get a feel for who I was. Very encouraging about all aspects of my resume, one of the best interviews I've had. Called back later that day to tell me she enjoyed meeting me and offered me the job.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Legal Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at American Civil Liberties Union in August 2010.

    Interview Details

    just one interview, met with 3 interviewers with whom I would eventually work. They were friendly and asked good, relevant questions. Be prepared to ask a couple questions yourself.

    Negotiation Details
    yes--on the job description, not salary
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Clerk Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at American Civil Liberties Union.

    Interview Details

    They draw candidates from local schools and post open positions on the website. Going into the interview the most important thing is to know the website. Know which issues are current, which cases are on the legal docket and which events are coming up. This organization is looking to people committed to a cause, not just looking for paycheck, so conveying your dedication to civil liberties is very important.

    Interview Questions
    • We see you don't have much political experience on your resume. I used that opportunity to talk more about how I had to work for pay in college and couldn't take on the unpaid work I would have liked to, and that I also did not care for working for political parties, but did stay involved with specific causes.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    None.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Video Producer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at American Civil Liberties Union in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    The ACLU, like many organizations, want to see and understand that the people they hire are committed to their cause. In your resume highlight your non-profit or civil rights experience and have a few stories to tell about why this is so important to you. The more personal the story, the better. At the end of the day the ACLU doesn't pay a lot, but they need good, qualified people who want to be there. Show them that person is you.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you want to work for ACLU? What does it mean to you?   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    unpaid

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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