Clerkships and Internships

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Law Student Clerkships

Centro Legal de la Raza offers semester clerkships or externships and summer clerkships in each of our three practice areas:

Centro Legal’s Tenants’ Rights Program assists Oakland and Hayward tenants (1) in addressing habitability issues, (2) providing limited scope representation in eviction cases, (3) providing pro per assistance with eviction cases, and (3) providing limited and full scope representation in hearings before the Oakland Rent Adjustment Program. Under the supervision of housing attorneys, law clerks will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with primarily monolingual Spanish speaking tenants seeking assistance with a variety of matters including the preparation of pro per answers to unlawful detainer complaints and relevant motions. The law clerk will likely also have the opportunity to represent tenant clients at hearings before the Oakland Rent Adjustment Program contesting rent increases and seeking rent reductions for decreased housing services. In addition, the law clerk will assist with Centro Legal’s housing clinics.

Centro Legal’s Workers’ Rights Program provides advice, counsel, pro per assistance, and legal representation to low-wage and immigrant workers facing wage theft, workplace discrimination, and retaliation. Law clerks with the Workers’ Rights Program, will have the opportunity to work closely with supervising attorneys in all aspects of this work. This will include conducting one-on-one consults with low-income, primarily monolingual Spanish-speaking workers at our legal clinics, assisting workers in preparing claims, and conducting legal research and preparing briefs so support workers’ claims through both administrative advocacy and litigation. Law clerks will also have the opportunity to represent workers in conferences or hearings before the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

Centro Legal’s Immigration Program 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. We specialize in detained and non-detained deportation defense for individuals in removal proceedings. Under the supervision of an attorney, law clerks will have the opportunity to assist in the representation of individuals in removal proceedings before the San Francisco Immigration Court and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Duties may include: (1) preparing and submitting applications, legal briefs and supporting documentation for cases involving, asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, cancellation of removal, U visas, and a variety of other forms of immigration relief, (2) assisting Centro Legal attorneys with legal intake at the West County Detention Facility, and (3) participation in Centro Legal’s in house and off site legal rights presentations and intake clinics.

Application Process:

To apply for these positions, email a cover letter, indicating the practice area for which you are applying, along with a resume and list of three references to jobs@centrolegal.org. Ability to communicate and work in Spanish is a requirement for these law clerk positions.

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 Process:
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.