Atticus 2021

Summer Internship Program

The Atticus Project 

2021 Summer Intern Program

The Atticus Project is now accepting Summer Intern Applications for its 2021 Summer Program from law students and high school students.

Who are We?

The Atticus Open Data Project is a collaborative of legal professionals and law students around the world to curate and label an open-sourced training dataset of legal documents for AI research.  The Atticus Open Data Project is hosted by The Atticus Project, a non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate AI development in Legal.

The inability to review large volumes of legal documents timely and accurately has hindered the legal professionals’ ability to keep up with today’s agile and data-driven executive decision making.  High-quality and trustworthy AI systems that can understand legal text are urgently needed, but they are dependent upon the availability, quality and transparency of legal documents annotated by legal experts.  This can be solved by the legal industry using our collective domain expertise to curate and annotate high-quality, open source labeled datasets. Check out Contract Understanding Atticus Dataset (CUAD) here, an open-sourced training dataset of legal contracts.

Job Description

Summer interns will be grouped into a Legal track and a Technical track and work on the following matters under the supervision of experienced attorneys, AI scientists and data scientists:

  • Legal Track

    • learn important legal concepts in a wide variety of legal contracts via self-paced training modules or live attorney lectures;

    • annotate specified clauses in legal contracts using an AI tool; and

    • attend daily workshops, group discussions and speaker series on a variety of topics relating to Legal, AI and career development.

  • Technical Track 

    • Work closely with attorneys to understand current and future problems they are solving;

    • Help design and enhance tools and systems to annotate legal contracts at scale;

    • Explore strategies and channels to engage the broader AI communities, including leader boards to host Atticus Dataset competition, hackathons and widely adopted open data platforms;

    • Conduct data curation, collection and cleanup to enhance the accuracy of training and test datasets; and

    • Provide technical support to the Legal Track.

Why Should I Apply?

  • Industry Changer. The inability to review large volumes of legal documents timely and accurately has hindered the legal professionals’ ability to keep up with today’s agile and data-driven executive decision making.  By creating a labeled dataset, we are creating a future where attorneys can dedicate their time and brainpower on high-value analytical work instead of menial and time-consuming document review.  The Atticus Project is a first in the Legal industry. There are so many unanswered questions that we need to tackle together.  We hope you will join us to be a part of the solution to our day-to-day legal challenges.

  • Knowledge of AI. You will have the opportunities to work with AI tools and collaborate with AI and data scientists and gain a deep understanding of how AI works in legal document review.  You will learn to speak the language of the AI developers and researchers. 

  • Legal Knowledge. Document review is an essential skill for practicing attorneys.  For the law student applicants, this program will provide you with the opportunity to learn hands-on document review skills under the supervision of experienced attorneys on a weekly basis, and get certified to demonstrate proficiency in legal document review in  one or more practice areas.  For the non-legal professionals, this program will provide you with an insider view into real life problems they are facing.

  • Shaping the Future of Legal AI Tools. By designing the training dataset, you will have the opportunity to help shape the Legal AI development in a direction that you think is ethical and good for lawyers and our society in general.

Time commitment

  • 6-8 weeks for Legal Track and 4-8 weeks for Technical Track. 

  • Remote via Zoom.


  • No. This is an unpaid program. The Atticus Project is a 501(c)(3) organization and hours contributed to The Atticus Open Project are eligible for pro bono hours and Presidential Volunteer Service Awards.


What are the qualifications required? 

  • Motivated law students or high school students passionate about the mission of The Atticus Project

  • Diligent, persistent and responsive

  • Thrive despite uncertainty

  • Proficient with productivity tools and technology

How to apply?

Submit a copy of your resume and cover letter to In your cover letter, please indicate whether you are applying for the Legal Track or the Technical Track.