2019 Summer Legal Clerkship

Hours per week

40 hrs/week for 10 weeks

Published

10/23/2018

Application Deadline

01/01/2019

Start Date

05/28/2019

End Date

08/02/2019

Address

131 Steuart Street, Suite 300
San Francisco
CA
94105-1241
United States

Description

Spend your summer at one of California’s leading civil rights law firms!


Public Advocates is currently hiring spring and summer 2019 law clerks for its San Francisco and Sacramento offices. Our law clerks play a crucial role in supporting our community partnership lawyering model and local, regional and state policy advocacy to advance racial and economic justice. In turn, we are committed to providing high quality training and supervision to help advance the career goals of our clerks and to foster a true community of public interest lawyers.


Our Mission

Public Advocates, a non-profit law firm and advocacy organization, challenges the systemic causes of poverty and discrimination by strengthening community voices in public policy and achieving tangible legal victories advancing education, housing and transit equity, and climate justice. Public Advocates focuses on strategic policy reform, collaboration with grassroots groups representing people with low incomes, people of color and immigrants, communication and litigation, “making rights real” across California since 1971.


Legal Clerkship Program

Our Legal Clerkship Program exposes students to the diverse strategies of our impact work in an environment geared to their development as future lawyers committed to the public interest. Law clerks are assigned to a supervising attorney on one of our two teams (Education Equity and Metropolitan Equity) who has primary responsibility for giving constructive feedback in a positive learning environment. Public Advocates works to ensure that clerks have assignments that address a variety of skills and issue areas. We engage students in a wide range of our work to promote equity and systemic change including: legislative, administrative and policy advocacy; coalition work with grassroots organizations; and media and communications. Clerks have assisted in drafting legal correspondence with school districts, city councils, and regional and state agencies; met with policy makers, organized public meetings and trainings, conducted cutting-edge policy research and helped to build and strengthen relationships with various coalition partners. When applicable, law clerks to support our civil rights impact litigation from development through trial and appeal.


In addition, the Legal Clerkship Program includes a number of substantive brown bag sessions, visits to legislative and state agency meetings in Sacramento, team-building events, meetings with community partners, and other activities intended to complement the day-to-day work of our law clerks.


We seek law students both at our main office in San Francisco and at our Sacramento office.


Living Allowance

Public Advocates provides a $2,000 living allowance to each summer clerk who commits to and completes a 10-week internship. The allowance can be used to supplement any additional outside funding law clerks may receive. Note that semester law clerks are not eligible for the living allowance.


How to Apply

We value applicants with a demonstrated commitment to public interest work. Summer clerks work full time for ten weeks, and semester clerks commit to volunteering in the office for at least 15 hours per week. Applicants should provide a one- to two-page cover letter explaining:


  • Specific interests and qualifications (please do not simply recap your résumé);
  • Experiences and commitment to working with low-income communities, communities of color, and immigrant communities;
  • Reasons for applying to Public Advocates;
  • Your preference (if any) for placement with our Education Equity or Metropolitan Equity team; and
  • Whether you are applying for a spring or summer legal clerkship.


In addition, include a résumé, writing sample, and list of references. Send your materials to our Legal Clerkship Program at lawclerks@publicadvocates.org.


We are accepting applications on a rolling basis and will select our summer law clerks by the end of February 2019.


Arc of Justice Summer Fellowship

Public Advocates and the Charles Houston Bar Association (CHBA) are proud to announce the fourth annual Arc of Justice Summer Fellowship opportunity for law students committed to advancing the legal and policy priorities of low-income African American communities in the Bay Area. The Arc of Justice Fellowship is a collaboration between Public Advocates and CHBA to help increase the number of law students of color who pursue careers in public interest law. The Arc of Justice Fellow will receive an additional summer stipend of $3,000. Find out more here


Our Commitment to Diversity

Public Advocates is committed to fostering a diverse staff and diversity in the legal profession. We encourage all interested individuals to apply — especially people of color; women; people from low income backgrounds; people with disabilities; people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender; and anyone belonging to any other federal or state protected category. Read our Diversity Vision Statement here.

How To Apply

lawclerks@publicadvocates.org
https://www.publicadvocates.org/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities/spring-and-summer-2019-law-clerks/

We value applicants with a demonstrated commitment to public interest work. Summer clerks work full time for ten weeks, and semester clerks commit to volunteering in the office for at least 15 hours per week. Applicants should provide a one- to two-page cover letter explaining:

  • Specific interests and qualifications (please do not simply recap your résumé);
  • Experiences and commitment to working with low-income communities, communities of color, and immigrant communities;
  • Reasons for applying to Public Advocates;
  • Your preference (if any) for placement with our Education Equity or Metropolitan Equity team; and
  • Whether you are applying for a spring or summer legal clerkship.

In addition, include a résumé, writing sample, and list of references. Send your materials to our Legal Clerkship Program at lawclerks@publicadvocates.org.

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis and will select our summer law clerks by the end of February 2019.


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