Clerkships and Internships

Join us in changing the trajectory people’s lives! Develop your lawyering skills and become part of a long line of accomplished and dedicated advocates and attorneys dedicated to serving the low income, immigrant community.

Law Student Clerkships

Under the supervision of an attorney, the law clerk will prepare legal memoranda, conduct legal research, perform other litigation and non-litigation related legal assignments, and conduct client interviews. Clerks are an integral part of the work of the Centro Legal. Clerks may have the opportunity to participate in direct legal services, impact litigation, and/or policy advocacy. Clerks also participate in legal staff meetings.

Law clerks have the opportunity to work in one our program areas. If you have a particular interest in any particular area or current project please indicate this in your cover letter – there may be an opportunity to work with staff on special projects in these areas.

Summer law clerks are ordinarily expected to work 40 hours per week for 11-12 weeks. During the semester, law clerks are expected to work at least 20 hours per week, but preference may be given to full time semester / quarter clerks. We encourage clerks to seek academic credit or independent funding for their work.
Law clerks at the Centro Legal may be considered in the future for post-graduate fellowships at Centro Legal, including sponsorship for the Skadden and Equal Justice Works Fellowships.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as early as possible as decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Email a cover letter, resume, and three references to: jobs@centrolegal.org

  • Prior public interest experience is preferred. If applicable, please indicate if you are fluent in a foreign language (particularly Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese). Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as early as possible as decisions are made on a rolling basis.
  • Suggested application submission periods:
    Summer: August 1 – February 15
    Fall semester: December 1 – September 15
    Spring semester: August 1 – January 1

    Centro Legal de la Raza is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. People of color, lesbians, gay men, transgender individuals, persons with disabilities, and people over 55 are encouraged to apply.

2018-2020 Fellowships

Centro Legal is interested in sponsoring applicants for fellowships, including the Skadden and Equal Justice Works Fellowship Programs, for the 2018-2020 cycle.

Centro Legal provides an ideal training ground for recent law school graduates seeking experience in providing direct legal aid to low-income individuals and families in a community-based setting. Centro Legal invites third year law students and recent law school graduates to propose and collaboratively develop innovative fellowship projects for submission to the Skadden and Equal Justice Works Fellowship programs, as well as other similar fellowship programs. Potential fellowship projects should focus on the following program area:

  • Immigration Program: Centro Legal’s immigration practice is focused on serving the needs of our most vulnerable community members, including families living in poverty, women, children, and victims of violent crimes including domestic violence and detained individuals in removal proceedings. We offer comprehensive, full-service direct representation to our clients, and we provide legal rights education and client intake through our various immigration clinics. We specialize in detained and non-detained removal defense, affirmative asylum applications, family-based visa petitions, U visas for victims of violent crime, and naturalization. We collaborate with other respected nonprofit organizations and provide excellent professional development to our staff and fellows.

APPLICATION DETAILS:

Applicants must be in their third year of law school or recent law school graduates. Spanish language proficiency is required.

Please include a detailed cover letter including a discussion of your interest in working with Centro Legal and the community we serve, as well as a brief description of your project proposal or your interest in the project areas described above. Please also attach your resume, list of three references, a writing sample, and law school transcript. Please submit applications by email to jobs@centrolegal.org with the subject line “Legal Fellowship Proposal.”

Centro Legal de la Raza is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, lesbians, gay men, transgender individuals, persons with disabilities, people with past contact with the criminal justice system, and people over 55 are encouraged to apply.