Before you start, here is an overview of what to expect in this application.
1. Contact Information
2. Demographic Information
3. Short Essay
4. Letter of Recommendation
Short Essay prompts
- Prompt 1: What do you see as your generation’s greatest threat to civil liberties and, inversely, what gives you the most hope?
- Prompt 2: How would you advise a new student activist who wants to become involved and make a difference?
- Prompt 3: The ACLU has been involved in more Supreme Court cases than any other organization. In your opinion, which Supreme Court case has had the greatest impact (positively or negatively) on the modern notion of civil rights and/or civil liberties? (You do not need to describe the case(s) in detail. Instead, focus most of your answer on your opinion of the case’s impact.)
Tip: Compose your response in a separate document, then copy and paste it in the space provided. Save the document for your records.
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- Accommodation for applicants with disabilities: We are committed to making every effort to accommodate applicants with disabilities. Please let us know if you need assistance in the application process by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Letter of Recommendation: Your portion of the application will be complete once you click "Submit." You will then receive a confirmation email with a Student Application Number. Please email this recommendation form link and your Application Number to ask for a recommendation from a high school teacher, school counselor, or other adult who is familiar with your personal and/or academic interests and abilities. We will accept recommendation forms one week past your application deadline
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