Civil Field Placements

A list of approved past Civil Field Placements with further information on their internal application process follows.

Location
Substantive Area

Alameda County District Attorney's Office

Alameda County Public Defender

Alameda County Superior Court Self-Help and Family Law Facilitator Services

American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California

American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants’ Rights Project

Asian Law Caucus

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO)

Bar Association of San Francisco: Homeless Advocacy Project- Volunteer Legal Services Program

Bay Area Legal Aid

Bay Area Rapid Transit – Office of General Counsel

California Appellate Project

California Natural Resources Agency

California Office of the Attorney General

 

California Office of the State Public Defender

California Public Utilities Commission

Center for Biological Diversity

Center for Food Safety

Center for Justice & Accountability

Centro Legal de la Raza

Child Care Law Center

Communities for a Better Environment

Contra Costa County Public Defender

Disability Rights Advocates

Disability Rights California

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund

Earthjustice - California Regional Office

Earthjustice International Program

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Equal Rights Advocates

Federal Public Defender (Oakland)

Federal Public Defender (San Francisco)

First District Appellate Project

Habeas Corpus Resource Center

Haywood Burns Institute 

Homeless Action Center (Berkeley)

Homeless Action Center (Oakland)

Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA)

Insight Center for Community & Economic Development

Justice Now

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center

Legal Services for Children

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

Marin County Public Defender 

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Center for Youth Law

National Housing Law Project

National Senior Citizens Law Center

Public Advocates, Inc.

Public Health Law and Policy

Regents of the University of California: Office of the General Counsel

San Francisco City Attorney’s Office

San Francisco District Attorney’s Office

San Francisco Public Defender’s Office

Sierra Club Environmental Law Program

Transgender Law Center

U. S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of California

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

U.S. Federal Trade Commission 

U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission

Youth Law Center

Berkeley
Marin County
Oakland
Richmond
Sacramento
San Francisco
San Jose
 

Berkeley

Disability Rights Advocates

Homeless Action Center (Berkeley)

Marin County

Marin County Public Defender

Oakland

 

Alameda County Public Defender

Alameda County Superior Court Self-Help and Family Law Facilitator Services

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO)

Bay Area Legal Aid

Bay Area Rapid Transit – Office of General Counsel

California Office of the Attorney General

Centro Legal de la Raza

Communities for a Better Environment

Disability Rights California

Earthjustice - California Regional Office

Earthjustice International Program

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Federal Public Defender (Oakland)

Homeless Action Center (Oakland)

Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA)

Insight Center for Community & Economic Development

Justice Now

National Center for Youth Law

National Housing Law Project

National Senior Citizens Law Center

Public Health Law and Policy

Regents of the University of California

Richmond

Sacramento

California Natural Resources Agency

San Francisco

American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California

American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants’ Rights Project

Asian Law Caucus

Bar Association of San Francisco: Homeless Advocacy Project- Volunteer Legal Services Program

California Appellate Project

California Office of the Attorney General 

California Office of the State Public Defender

California Public Utilities Commission

Center for Biological Diversity

Center for Food Safety

Child Care Law Center

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Federal Public Defender (San Francisco)

Habeas Corpus Resource Center

Haywood Burns Institute

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights

Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center

Legal Services for Children

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

National Center for Lesbian Rights

Public Advocates, Inc.

San Francisco City Attorney’s Office

San Francisco District Attorney’s Office

San Francisco Public Defender’s Office

Sierra Club Environmental Law Program

Transgender Law Center 

U. S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of California

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

U.S. Federal Trade Commission

U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission

Youth Law Center

San Jose

U. S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of California

Criminal
Environment
Government
Immigration
Intellectual Property
Legal Aid 
Public Interest/ Civil Rights
Youth/Family

Criminal

Alameda County District Attorney's Office

Alameda County Public Defender

California Office of the State Public Defender

Contra Costa County Public Defender

Federal Public Defender (Oakland)

Federal Public Defender (San Francisco)

First District Appellate Project

Habeas Corpus Resource Center

Marin County Public Defender

San Francisco City Attorney’s Office

San Francisco District Attorney’s Office

San Francisco Public Defender’s Office 

U. S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of California

 

Environment

California Natural Resources Agency

California Office of the Attorney General

California Public Utilities Commission

Center for Biological Diversity

Center for Food Safety

Communities for a Better Environment

Earthjustice - California Regional Office

Earthjustice International Program 

Sierra Club Environmental Law Program

U. S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of California

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Government

Bay Area Rapid Transit – Office of General Counsel

Regents of the University of California

U. S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of California

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

U.S. Federal Trade Commission

U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission

Immigration

American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants’ Rights Project

Intellectual Property

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Legal Aid

Bar Association of San Francisco: Homeless Advocacy Project- Volunteer Legal Services Program

Bay Area Legal Aid

Centro Legal de la Raza

Homeless Action Center (Berkeley)

Homeless Action Center (Oakland)

Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA)

Insight Center for Community & Economic Development

Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center

National Housing Law Project 

National Senior Citizens Law Center 

Public Interest/Civil Rights

American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California

 

Asian Law Caucus

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO)

Disability Rights Advocates

Disability Rights California 

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund 

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights 

Equal Rights Advocates

Haywood Burns Institute 

Justice Now

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

National Center for Lesbian Rights

Public Advocates, Inc.

Public Health Law and Policy

Transgender Law Center

Youth/Family

Alameda County Superior Court Self-Help and Family Law Facilitator Services

Child Care Law Center

Legal Services for Children

National Center for Youth Law

San Francisco Public Defender’s Office

Youth Law Center

 

 

 

 

 

Alameda County District Attorney

1225 Fallon Street, Suite 900 ▪ Oakland, CA  94612 ▪

Contact:
Terry Wiley, Senior Deputy District Attorney
Tel. (510) 268-7500| Fax (510) 839-0391

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, Transcript, Letter of Recommendation, References, and Writing Sample.

Deadlines: August 1st (F), January 1st (S)                  Status: Active.

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Alameda County Public Defender

1401 Lakeside Drive, Suite 400 ▪ Oakland, CA  94612 ▪

Contact: Brendon D. Woods, Assistant Public Defender
Tel. (510) 272-6600 | Fax (510) 272-6610

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, Transcript, and Writing Sample.

Deadlines: August 30th (F), December 5th (S); Rolling basis. Status: Active.

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Alameda County Superior Court Self-Help and Family Law Facilitator Services

1225 Fallon Street, Room 250 Oakland, CA 94612

Contact: Candace Goldman, Program Manager 
Tel. (510) 272-1393 | Fax (510) 891-6258

Requirements: Cover Letter and Resume. References and writing samples may be requested.

Deadlines: 8 weeks before start of term (F, S). January 31 (Su).             Status: Inactive. Boalt student not here since SP '06.

Description: Interns work side-by-side with program staff to provide legal information and instructional assistance to self-represented litigants in the areas of family law, name changes, restraining orders, guardianships, small claims, unlawful detainer and other landlord-tenant matters, debt collection, and general civil cases.  Interns also assist with the conduct of workshops on family law topics and guardianships of the person, and provide courtroom support to family law motion calendars on pro per days.  Interns also distribute written instructions and other legal materials and make appropriate referrals for litigants; they may perform specialized research and drafting projects for the program and participating judicial officers.  The program does not provide legal advice or representation to individuals. Click here to access a program flyer and more detailed internship program description.

 

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American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California

39 Drumm Street ▪ San Francisco, CA  94111▪

Contact:
Cynthia Williams                Supervising Attorneys: Julia Mass and Michael Risher
Tel. (415) 621-2493 

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, List of References, and Writing Sample.

Deadlines: January 1st-June 30th (F), July 1st-November 30th (S) ; Open until filled.

Status: Active.

Description: The ACLU of Northern California invites second and third year law students to apply for internships in the Legal Department of the San Francisco office. Virtually all intern work involves civil liberties and constitutional law.  The ACLU-NC's priorities include: Police Practices, Race Discrimination/Racial Justice, Student Rights, Lesbian & Gay Rights, Surveillance, Reproductive Rights, Immigrant Rights, Language Rights, Cyber Liberties, Criminal Justice, and First Amendment Rights.

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American Civil Liberties Union - Immigrants' Rights Project

39 Drumm Street San Francisco, CA  94111

Contact: Kate Desormeau, Staff Attorney
Tel. (415)343-0778 | Fax (415) 395-0950

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, Three References, Transcript, and Writing Sample.

Deadlines: Open until filled.                 Status: Active.

Description: Applicants must be committed to civil liberties and immigrants’ rights and have an interest in working toward racial and social justice. In addition, applicants should have strong writing and research skills, be proficient in word processing and Windows software, and be familiar with LEXIS-NEXIS and Westlaw.

 

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Asian Law Caucus

55 Columbus Avenue ▪ San Francisco, CA  94111 ▪

Contact: Angela F. Chan, Staff Attorney
Tel. (415) 848-7719 | Fax (415) 896-1702

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, 2-3 References, and Writing Sample.

Deadlines: July 24st (F), December 4th (S)                 Status: Active.

Description: Law clerks work on issues involving employment and labor rights, housing advocacy and community development, criminal justice reform, education, immigrants' rights, national security, and civil rights. Clerks' duties include conduction client intake interview, drafting declarations, researching and drafting court filings such as briefs and motions, attending hearings, developing know-your-rights materials, and drafting letters in support or opposition of various pending bills in Sacramento and Washington D.C.

Clerks are required to work 15 hours/week during the academic year and full-time during the summer. Late applications will be accepted if space permits. Only applications emailed to angelac@asianlawcaucus.org will be accepted. Please see the website for more information: www.asianlawcaucus.org.
 

 

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Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO)

1305 Franklin Street; Suite 410 ▪ Oakland, CA  94612

Contact: Doris Ng, Supervising Attorney
Tel. (510) 251-2846 | Fax (510) 251-2292

1121 Mission Street ▪ San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel. (415) 567-6255

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, Transcript, and Writing Sample.

Deadlines: Open until filled.                Status: Active.

Description: Externs work hand-in-hand with staff attorneys to assess and take on the representation of survivors of domestic violence, elder abuse, and human trafficking or persons seeking immigration assistance including deportation defense.  If certified, externs will be encouraged to make court appearances including hearings for restraining orders and appearances in public benefits or immigration matters. 

 

 

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Bar Association of San Francisco:
Homeless Advocacy Project - Volunteer Legal Services Program

301 Battery Street, Third Floor  San Francisco, CA 94111

Contact: Jason Luu, Volunteer Coordinator
Tel. (415) 782- 9000 x8759

Requirements: Volunteer Application and Resume.

Deadlines: See Website               Status: Inactive. Boalt student not here since Spring '06.

Description: Please visit http://www.sfbar.org/volunteer/recommendations.aspx  for more information.

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Bay Area Legal Aid

1735 Telegraph Avenue ▪ Oakland, CA 94612 ▪

Contact: Genevieve Richardson, Director of Pro Bono Activities
Tel. (510) 250-5218 | Fax (510) 663-4711

Requirements: Cover Letter, BayLegal Application (available on website) Resume, and Writing Sample.

Deadlines: Rolling basis; March 1st suggested for summer internships.  Status: Active.

Description: Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) is the largest staff based non-profit law firm providing free civil legal services to low-income individuals and families in the San Francisco Bay Area, with internships available throughout the Bay Area.  We provide services on a regional basis through local offices and clinics located in the following Bay Area counties: Alameda (Oakland); Contra Costa (Richmond); Marin; Napa; San Francisco; San Mateo (Redwood City); and Santa Clara (San Jose) counties.  Additionally, BayLegal has a regional Legal Advice Line which conducts intake and provides advice and counsel. With six regional offices, and 100+ staff members, BayLegal is uniquely positioned to help people across county lines.  BayLegal assist clients in four main priority areas: (1) Domestic Violence Prevention; (2) Housing Preservation; (3) Economic Security; and (4) Health Access.

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Bay Area Rapid Transit - Office of General Counsel

300 Lakeside Drive ▪ P.O. Box 12688  ▪ Oakland, CA  94604-2688  ▪

Contact: Byron K. Toma, Staff Attorney
Tel. (510) 464-6016 | Fax (510) 464-6049

Requirements:  Cover Letter, Resume, Letter of Recommendation, and Transcript.

Deadlines: Open until filled.                 Status: Active.

Description: The General Counsel's Office of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District provide legal advice and performs civil litigation on behalf of the government agency operating the BART system throughout the Bay Area. Attorneys in the Office handle issues similar to those within the city attorneys' and county counsels' offices. Our office handles matters involving environmental law, real estate law, public contracting law, public finance, employment law, law enforcement law, redevelopment, First Amendment issues, marketing issues, and other issues related to the operation of a train system. We work with the Brown Act, the California Public Records Act, and the Political Reform Act. Interns will likely work with issues involving research into conflicts of interest, ADA compliance, prepare Pitchess motions and Workplace Violence Restraining Order petitions. Qualified students may be able to make court appearances under the supervision of an attorney.

 

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California Appellate Project

101 2nd Street, Suite 600  ▪ San Francisco, CA  94105  ▪

Contact: Bertha Adriana Magaña, Investigative Attorney
Tel. (415) 495-5616

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, List of References, and Writing Sample.

Deadlines: Rolling basis; Open until filled.                 Status: Inactive. Boalt student not here since SP '06.

 

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California Office of the Attorney General - Civil Law Division, Correctional Law Section

455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 11000  ▪ San Francisco, CA  94102-7004  ▪

Contact: Scott Feudale, Deputy Attorney General
Tel. (415) 703-5871 | Fax (415) 703-5843

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, and Writing Sample.

Deadlines: Open until filled.                  Status: Active.

 

California Office of the Attorney General - Criminal Law Division, Appeals, Writs and Trials Section

455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 11000 San Francisco, CA 94102-3664 ▪

Contact: Arthur Beever, Law Student Coordinator
Tel. (415) 703-5865

Requirements: Cover Letter, Writing Sample, Transcript, and Resume.

Deadlines: Open until filled.                Status: Active.

 

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California Office of the Attorney General - Criminal Law Division, Correctional Writs and Appeals Section

455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 11000 San Francisco, CA  94102

Contact: Denise A. Yates, Deputy Attorney General
Tel. (415) 703-5865

Requirements: Resume, Cover Letter, Writing Sample, Unofficial Transcript.

Deadlines: Open until filled.                Status: Active.

 

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California Office of the Attorney General - Civil Law Division, Health, Education & Welfare Section

455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 11000  ▪ San Francisco, CA 94102-7004  ▪

Contact: Beverley Meyers, Deputy Attorney General
Tel. (415) 703-5545 | Fax (415) 703-5480

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, and Writing Sample.

Deadlines: Open until filled.                 Status: Active.

 

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California Office of the Attorney General - Public Rights Division: Environment, Land Law, & Natural Resources Sections

1515 Clay Street, 20th FloorOakland, CA  94612  ▪

Contact: Joel Jacobs, Deputy Attorney General, Tel. (510) 622-2100
Claudia Polsky, Deputy Attorney General, Tel. (510) 622-2149 

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, Transcript, and Letter of Recommendation.

Deadlines: Open until filled.                Status: Active.

 

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California Office of the State Public Defender

Intern Committee ▪ 221 Main Street, 10th Floor San Francisco, 94105

Contact: Intern Program
Tel. (415) 904-5600

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, and Writing Sample. Two references must be provided upon request.

Deadlines: Rolling basis.                Status: Active

Description: The Office of the State Public Defender (OSPD) has an exclusive focus on death penalty cases and represents more than 130 people on California's death row. The OSPD litigates these cases both on appeal and habeas corpus. The work of the office is often at the cutting edge of criminal law. We have appeared in the California Supreme Court in over 250 cases and in the U.S. Supreme Court in a half dozen cases where certiorari review was granted. We have been responsible for major developments in the areas of capital litigation, due process, right to counsel, confessions, jury selection, search and seizure, sentencing, and other issues.

Summer interns will assist with preparing appeals or habeas corpus petitions to the California Supreme Court. Responsibilities may include: legal and factual research on guilt/innocence, forensic, mental health, client social history, and other issues; collecting or summarizing documents, investigation, and field work (expenses paid); drafting memos and legal pleadings; preparing for hearings and other tasks. Students will participate in team meetings. Summer students will attend a week's worth of formal training at the beginning of summer, and addition to informal training throughout the summer. Summer internships last 10 weeks from June until August. Academic year interns must commit to at least 15 hours/week. Can submit applications via e-mail at internprogram@ospd.gov.

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California Public Utilities Commission - Commissioner Mark Ferron's Office

505 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA  94102

Contact: Sarah Thomas, Legal/Energy/Telecom Advisor
Tel. (415) 703-2310 | Fax (415) 703-2262

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample.

Deadlines: August (F).                 Status: Active.

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California Natural Resources Agency 

1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1311Sacramento, CA 95814

Contact: Julia Levin, Deputy Secretary for Climate Change and Energy         Assistant: Kimberly Goncalves
Tel. 916-653-5656 | Fax 916-653-8102

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, and Letter of Recommendation.

Deadlines: Open until filled.                Status: Active. .

 

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Center for Biological Diversity

351 California Street, Suite 600 San Francisco, CA 94104 ▪

Contact: sfinternship@biologicaldiversity.org
Tel. (415) 436-9682

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample, Transcript, and List of References.

Deadlines: Open until filled for Summer (full time), Spring and Fall Semester (full or part time)                Status: Active.

Description: The Center for Biological Diversity works through science, law, and policy to conserve imperiled species and their native habitats. We have a rigorous legal externship program where students will approximate working as attorneys on cutting edge legal issues.  The San Francisco office is a hub of legal activity with attorneys working on cutting-edge environmental law issues. Legal interns are likely to work on projects concerning ocean protection, climate change, public lands and urban wildlands. Legal interns will assist with the preparation of litigation aimed at protecting imperiled species and habitat.  Legal interns will conduct legal research and writing, and may prepare legal memos, assist with brief writing, prepare filings, investigate new cases and draft official policy comments. On occasion, legal interns may have opportunities to observe court arguments or attend agency hearings.  The legal internship requires strong legal research and writing skills. Creative, motivated and good-humored law students are encouraged to apply. Background in environmental or biological studies or related experience is preferred.  Please submit a cover letter explaining your interest in working at the Center, a résumé, a writing sample, a transcript and references to: sfinternship@biologicaldiversity.org.  Please provide your name and the position you're applying for in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis. You'll be notified if you're selected for an interview. No phone calls, please.  Please visit http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/about/jobs/internships.html#sf_legal for additional information on how to apply.

 

 

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Center for Food Safety

West Coast Office ▪ 2601 Mission Street, Suite 803 ▪ San Francisco, CA 94110

Contact: Ryan L. Crumley, Legal Assistant 
Tel. (415) 826-2770 | Fax (415) 826-0507

Paige Tomaselli, Staff Attorney
Tel. (415) 826-2770 x303| Fax (415) 826-0507

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, List of References, and Writing Sample.

Deadlines: Open until filled.                 Status: Active.

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Center for Justice & Accountability

870 Market Street, Suite 680 ▪ San Francisco, CA 94102▪

Contact: Pamela Merchant, Executive Director
Tel. (415) 544-0444 | Fax (415) 544-0456

Requirements: Cover Letter & Resume, and Writing Sample.

Deadlines: June 15th (F) October 15th (S) November 15th (Su)                  Status: Active.

For more information about the application process, please visit http://www.cja.org/section.php?id=104.  

 

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Centro Legal de la Raza

3022  International Boulevard, Suite 410 ▪ Oakland, CA 94601 ▪

Contact: Bianca Sierra, Executive Director
Tel. (510) 437-1554 x111

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, and 3 References.

Deadlines: Beginning of semester (F), November 1st (S)   Status: Active. Boalt student here since SP '06.

Description and Additional Information: Founded in 1969 and located in the Fruitvale District of Oakland, Centro Legal de la Raza is a comprehensive legal services agency. Our mission is to protect and advance the rights of immigrant, low-income, and Latino communities through bilingual legal representation, education, community organizing, and advocacy. Interns will assist attorneys in three major areas: housing, employment, and immigration. Duties will include:

  • Assisting and representing clients before the City of Oakland Rental Adjustment Program
  • Providing legal help to tenants in all aspects of the landlord-tenant relationship from the lease to the return of the deposit
  • Assisting with the possible representation of clients in eviction cases
  • Providing legal help for wage claims, discrimination, and workers' compensation
  • Preparing workers who appear before the Office of the Labor Commissioner
  • Assisting low-income non-citizens with U-Visa and VAWA petitions, family-based visa petitions, and citizenship applications
  • Working with detained clients on a variety of removal defense cases

Requires fluency or near fluency in English and Spanish.

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Child Care Law Center

445 Church Street ▪ San Francisco, California 94114 ▪

Contact: Melissa Rodgers, Directing Attorney
Tel. (415) 558-8005

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, and List of References.

Deadlines: Open until filled.                 Status:  Inactive. Boalt student not here since SP '06.

Description: The Child Care Law Center is a legal services support center. We work on child care legal issues that affect low-income families throughout California including state subsidies, inclusion of children with disabilities, and licensing. To get a sense of the range of legal issues we handle, please visit our website: www.childcarelaw.org.  Interns may assist in preparing legal information for clients and referring clients to the appropriate resources.  They may also participate in drafting publications on child care law issues and undertake legal research and writing to support policy development or impact litigation.

 

 

 

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Communities for a Better Environment

1440 Broadway, Suite 701 ▪ Oakland, CA  94612▪

Contact: Adrienne Bloch, Senior Staff Attorney
Tel. (510) 302-0430 x10

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, and Letter of Recommendation.

Deadlines: Open until filled.                 Status: Inactive. Boalt student not here since SP '06.
 

 

 

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Contra Costa County Public Defender

3811 Bissell Avenue Richmond, CA 94805
800 Ferry Street ▪ Martinez, CA 94553

Contact: Jonathan Laba, Deputy Public Defender
Tel. (925) 335-8081

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, Transcript, and Letter of Recommendation.

Deadlines: Open until filled.                 Status: Active.

 

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Disability Rights Advocates

2001 Center Street, 4th Floor ▪ Berkeley, CA  94704▪

Contact: Kevin Knestrick, Supervising Staff Attorney and Laurie Ferreira, Staff Attorney 
Tel. (510) 665-8644| Fax (510) 665-8511

Requirements:  Cover Letter, Resume, Transcript, Writing Sample (no more than 3 pages), and List of References.

Deadlines: Open until filled.                 Status: Active.

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Disability Rights California

1330 Broadway, Suite 500 ▪ Oakland, CA  94612 ▪

Contact: Jung Pham, Staff Attorney
Tel. (510) 267-1200 x1266 | Fax (510) 267-1201

Requirements: Cover Letter and Resume.

Deadlines: Rolling Basis.    Status: Active.

Description: Preferred courses include: disability rights law; mental health law; social welfare law; constitutional law; civil rights; social justice skills & practice issues &/or evidence.

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Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, Inc.

3075 Adeline ▪ Berkeley, CA  94703 ▪

Contact: Law Student Internships
Tel. (510) 644-2555| Fax (510) 841-8645

Requirements: Cover Letter & Resume, Transcript, List of References, and Writing Sample.

Deadlines: Rolling basis.                 Status: Active.

Description: The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF) is a national law and policy center dedicated to advancing and protecting the civil rights of people with disabilities. DREDF pursues its mission through education, advocacy, and law reform efforts. It is nationally recognized for its expertise in the interpretation of federal and California civil rights laws protecting persons with disabilities. DREDF attorneys have taught a Disability Rights Law seminar at Boalt since 1988.

Academic term internships generally involve a commitment of 16 hours per week. Individuals with disabilities, minorities, and female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

 

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Earthjustice - California Regional Office 

426 Seventeenth Street, 5th Floor ▪ Oakland, CA  94612▪

Contact: Wendy Park, Associate Attorney
Tel. (510) 550-6725 | Fax (510) 550-6749

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, Transcript, Writing Sample (<5 pages), and List of References.

Deadlines:  Open until filled (F), Oct. 1 2009 (S)                Status: Active.

Description: Earthjustice's mission centers on protecting people and natural resources by enforcing and strengthening environmental laws and providing clients with the best legal representation and related advocacy. The California Regional Office of Earthjustice works to protect the Sierra Nevada forests, promote salmon recovery, improve air and water quality, and reform federal and states land management practices. In pursuit of these broad litigation objectives, we bring a mix of lawsuits under federal environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and other federal and state law. Student externs participate in all aspects of Earthjustice litigation and practice area, including researching, preparing, investigating, and prosecuting lawsuits aimed at protecting the environment. 

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Earthjustice International Program

426 Seventeenth Street, 6th Floor ▪ Oakland, CA  94612▪

Contact: Lisa Nessan, Office Manager
Tel. (510) 550-6700 |  Fax (510) 550-6740

Requirements: Cover Letter & Resume, Transcript, Writing Sample, and List of 3 References.

Deadlines:  Open until filled.                Status:   Active.

Description: Earthjustice's International Program uses the power of the law to protect the environment and human health worldwide. We represent public interest and community groups in international tribunals and domestic courts in our work to establish, strengthen, and enforce national and international legal protections for the environment, public health, and human and environmental rights. Our current docket centers on four main program areas, each of which is at the leading edge of the development of international environmental law: using principles of human rights and public participation to ensure the effectiveness, integrity and fairness of international climate institutions; establishing strong international environmental governance in the Arctic; making rapid progress in the fight against global climate change by limiting key international sources of global warming pollution; and expanding the public use of environmental law throughout the world.  

We usually have one to two full- or part-time law student externs each spring and fall semester, and two to three full-time law clerks each summer. International Program externs and clerks perform a wide range of activities, including legal and factual research and writing on a variety of issues, such as human rights and the environment, global climate change, and international and/or environmental law. Externs and clerks will be exposed to legal practice before domestic and/or international tribunals.

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Electronic Frontier Foundation

454 Shotwell Street ▪ San Francisco CA 94110-1914 ▪

Contact: Matt Zimmerman, Senior Staff Attorney
Tel. (415) 436-9333 x127| Fax (415) 436-9993

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, and Transcript

Deadlines: Open until filled.                Status: Active

Description: Interns assist in all aspects of litigation, including legal research, factual investigation, and drafting of memoranda and briefs, while also helping with policy research, client counseling, and the development of public education materials. EFF's docket ranges across the technological and legal landscape, from online fair use of copyrighted materials to electronic voting to the PATRIOT Act; take a look at http://www.eff.org/legal/victories/ or http://www.eff.org/legal/active_legal.html for details about our work preserving constitutional values in the digital world. School-year internships are part-time, and are 16 hours per week minimum. Internships are available at our offices in San Francisco for all legal issues and in Washington, D.C. for work with our FLAG project focusing on FOIA requests and litigation.

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Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

344- 40th Street Oakland, CA  94609

Contact: Dianna Frappier, Co-Founder and Director
Tel. (510) 428-3939 | Fax (510) 428-3940

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, and Writing Sample.

Deadlines: Open until filled.                 Status: Inactive. Boalt student not here since SP '06.

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Equal Rights Advocates

180 Howard Street, Suite 300 San Francisco, CA  94105

Contact: Jora Trang, Staff Attorney
Tel. (415) 621-0672 x383 | Fax (415) 621-6744

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample (5-10 pages), and 3 References

Deadlines: October 20th (S), December 15th (Su)                  Status: Active.

Description: Equal Rights Advocates is a nonprofit legal organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls.  Law clerks duties' include:

  • Staffing the Advice and Counseling line
  • Providing legal advice regarding sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, Title IX enforcement, and employment issues, among other things
  • Assist with impact litigation and legislation through research and writing
  • Attend court hearings, depositions, and internal legal strategy sessions
  • Work with ERA lawyers on legislative advocacy

Clerks are required to work 16-20 hours/week during the academic year and full-time during the summer. They must display excellent research and writing skills and demonstrate a commitment to women's issues, public interest law, and racial justice. Clerks should have experience working on the ERA's focus areas - sexual harassment, employment issues, affirmative action, welfare, family/work, immigration, and economic self-sufficiency - and have completed coursework in related areas, such as employment discrimination, constitutional law, evidence, critical race theory, feminist jurisprudence, immigration law, and public interest law. Bilingual ability in Spanish, Cantonese, or Mandarin is a plus. Please submit applications to lawclerkapplicants@equalrights.org.

 

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Federal Public Defender (Oakland)

555 12th Street, Suite 650 Oakland, CA 94607

Contact: Robin Packel and Beth McKenna, Research and Writing Attorneys
Tel. (510) 637-3512

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, and Writing Sample.

Deadlines:  Rolling basis.                  Status: Active.

Description: Externs should have completed two years of law school, and ideally they will have completed or be taking the following classes: criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence and constitutional law. Applications are reviewed as they are received. 

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Federal Public Defender (San Francisco)

450 Golden Gate Avenue, 19th Floor, Room 19-6884, Box 36106 San Francisco, CA 94102

Contact: Chris Miles, Research and Writing Attorney
Tel. (415) 436-7700

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, and Writing Sample.

Deadlines: Open until filled.                 Status: Active.

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First District Appellate Project

730 Harrison Street, Suite 201 San Francisco, CA  94107

Contact: Kathryn Seligman, Staff Attorney
Tel. (415) 495-3119 | Fax (415) 495-0166

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, List of  References, and short Writing Sample.

Deadlines: August 17th (F), October 10th (S) Rolling basis; March 23rd, click here for description and application information.

Status: Active. 

Description: The FDAP is a small non-profit firm that handles indigent criminal appeals, either directly, or by assisting attorneys who are appointed by the court on a case-by-case basis.  For fall, the FDAP prefers a 3L with knowledge of criminal procedure evidence. The seeking 3L should know criminal procedure, evidence, etc, and have a experience in criminal law or a commitment to criminal defense law. For spring, the FDAP will consider middle of the second year and 3rd years. Position requires 15 to 20 hrs per week.

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Habeas Corpus Resource Center

303 Second Street, Suite 400 South San Francisco, CA 94107

Contact: Margo Hunter, Staff Attorney; Paula Fog, Staff Attorney; Megan Hailey, Staff Attorney; Tamara Crepet, Staff Attorney
Tel. (415) 348-3800 | Fax 415.348.3873

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, List of References, and short Writing Sample.

Deadlines: Rolling basis;     Status: Inactive. Boalt student not here since SP '06.

Description: The Habeas Corpus Resource Center (HCRC), located in San Francisco, provides counsel to represent indigent men and women under sentence of death in California. The HCRC's mission is to provide timely, high-quality legal representation for indigent petitioners in death penalty habeas corpus proceedings before the Supreme Court of California and the federal courts. Students who extern at the HCRC are assigned to spend most of their time working on one or two cases. They are integrated into exiting case teams, which consist of lawyers, paralegals, and investigators. Students assist case teams on a variety of projects, including legal and non-legal research, factual development, and analysis of legal claims. Legal research projects pertain to various capital defense issues. Non-legal research can pertain to almost any other subject matter relevant to a capital case, such as forensics or psychology. Factual development and analysis involve gathering case-related facts as well as synthesizing and organizing case materials to form a coherent legal picture. Please visit http://www.hcrc.ca.gov/employment.php for information about how to apply.

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W. Haywood Burns Institute 

180 Howard Street, Suite 320 San Francisco, CA  94105

Contact: Michael Harris, Deputy Director
Tel. (415) 321-4100 x105 | Fax (415) 321-4140

Requirements:  Cover Letter, Resume.

Deadlines: Open until filled. However September 1st (F), December 15th (S)  

Status: Inactive. Boalt student not here since SP '06.

Description: The BI seeks externs to conduct research on racial disproportionately in juvenile justice systems throughout the nation.
The externs will be asked to:

  • Research for a series of publications BI is producing on the state of juvenile justice in the US as it relates to youth of color,
  • Research on the state of disproportionate minority confinement in all the States,
  • Participate in juvenile justice policy development,
  • Conduct research and analysis of information for legislative juvenile justice policy,
  • Legal research and drafting on a number of various issues.

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Homeless Action Center

Berkeley Office 3126 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, CA  94705
Oakland Office 1432 Franklin Street Oakland, CA  94612

Contact: Lisa Lunsford , Supervising Attorney
Tel. (510) 836-3260 x302 and (510) 836-7690

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume.

Deadlines: Open until filled - training usually occurs at the start of the semester (the first Friday of February, June, and September). See website for more details.

Status: Inactive. Boalt student not here since SP '06.

Description: The Homeless Action Center (HAC) is a non-profit legal services agency serving low-income residents of Alameda County. It focuses on increasing access to public benefits. Intern duties include working directly with homeless, mentally-disabled clients and providing representation in claims for Social Security disability benefits. Depending on interns' interests, they can be assigned their own caseload of clients or assigned a hearing brief or both. Interns have the opportunity to represent clients who have claims at the initial and appellate levels. They are responsible for interviewing clients, obtaining and analyzing medical and other evidence, developing legal arguments, writing persuasive letters, corresponding with clients' physicians and Social Security, coordinating medical appointments, drafting briefs and other legal documents, preparing clients for hearings, and attending ALJ hearings involving direct and cross examinations. Interns may also represent clients in other public benefits claims, including General Assistance, CalWorks, Food Stamps, and CAPI. Interns are required to attend a periodic case review meeting and are supervised directly by attorneys.

Interns are required to work a minimum of 7 hours/week until their specific project or the semester is completed. See website for more information: www.homelessactioncenter.org.

 

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Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA)

1814 Franklin Street, Suite 1040 Oakland, CA  94612

Contact: Maeve Elise Brown, Director and Co-Founder
Tel. (510) 271-8443 | Fax (510) 868-4521

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, and 3 References.

Deadlines: September 1st (F), January 15th (S)             Status: Inactive. Boalt student not here since SP '06.

Description: Students interning with HERA have a chance to work on all aspects of our work, with a particular focus on interviewing clients, engaging in legal research and writing, preparing administrative complaints or working on litigation as appropriate, and participating in policy work.  We are particularly concerned at this time with foreclosure prevention work.

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Insight Center for Community and Economic Development      

2201 Broadway, Suite 815 ▪ Oakland, CA 94612-3024 ▪

Contact: Brad Caftel, Vice President & General Counsel
Tel: (510) 251-2600 x109 | Fax (510) 251-0600

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume.

Deadlines:  Open until filled.               Status: Boalt student last here Fall ‘09.

Description: The Insight Center is a national nonprofit research, consulting and legal organization dedicated to building economic health in vulnerable communities. Our major areas of focus are economic security, workforce development, asset building, and early care and education. Our legal team provides support to the other program areas and works with legal services programs and with community-based organizations engaged in economic development projects. We do not litigate - we are essentially corporate and tax lawyers for low-income communities. Interns can expect to do research on questions arising from non-profits' operations and program development, work on documents such as bylaws and tax-exemption applications, and write articles for the legal services community.

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Justice Now

1322 Webster Street, Suite 210 Oakland, CA 94612▪

Contact: Amanda Scheper, Director of Client Services
Tel. (510) 839-7654 x3#

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume

Deadlines:  Up to 1st after semester begins for (F) & (S)       Status: Active. Boalt student here since SP '06.

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Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

131 Steuart Street, Suite 400 San Francisco, CA 94105

Contact: Paul Chavez, Pro Bono Coordinator, Senior Attorney
Tel. (415) 543-9697 x221 | Fax (415) 543-0296

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample, and List of 3 References.

Deadlines: Open until filled.                Status: Active. Boalt student here since SP '06.

Additional Information: Prior public interest experience is preferred.  If applicable, applicants should indicate if they are fluent in a foreign language (particularly Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese).

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Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center

180 Montgomery Street, Suite 600 San Francisco, CA 94104

Contact: Howard Chen, Manager, Human Resources and Administration
Tel. (415) 864-8848 x320 | Fax (415) 864-8199

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, Transcript, and Writing Sample.

Deadlines:  Open until filled.               Status: Active. Boalt student here since SP '06.

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Legal Services for Children

1254 Market Street, 3rd Floor ▪ San Francisco, CA  94102 ▪

Contact: Kirsten Strobel
Tel. (415) 863-3762 x320 | Fax (415) 863-7708

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample to "Internships at Legal Services for Children." Materials of no more than 10 pages can be faxed to (415) 863-7708.

Deadlines: August 1st (F), December 1st (S); Flexible.          Status: Active. Boalt student here since SP '06.

Description: Term-time interns are required to commit to a weekly minimum of sixteen hours. Legal Services for Children is not able to offer compensation to our interns. We are, however, open to sponsoring fellowships that interns are able to receive from their law school or other sources. More information regarding intern duties and the organization's mission can be found at http://www.lsc-sf.org.

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Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

1540 Market Street, Suite 490 ▪ San Francisco, CA  94102 ▪

Contact: Robin Rederford, Intern Coordinator
Tel. (415) 255-7036 x305 | Fax (415) 552-3150

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume.

Deadlines: August 30th (F), December 5th (S), March 31st (Su)              Status: Active. Boalt student here since SP '06.

Description: LSPC offers 3 intern sessions per year, January through May, June through August and September through December.  We ask for a 16-hour week minimum commitment for law students.

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Marin County Public Defender

Hall of Justice, Room 139 ▪ San Rafael, California, 94903 ▪

Contact: Pedro Oliveros, Chief Deputy Public Defender
Tel. (415) 499 6321| Fax (415) 499 6898

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume. Writing Sample optional.

Deadlines: Rolling basis.                Status: Inactive. Boalt student not here since SP '06.

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National Center for Lesbian Rights

870 Market Street, Suite 370 ▪ San Francisco, CA 94102 ▪

Contact: Ming Wong, Staff Attorney
Tel. (415) 365-1323

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, and Transcript.

Deadlines: August 1st (F), November 1st (S)               Status: Active.

Description: NCLR is committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families. We litigate precedent-setting cases at the trial and appellate court levels; advocate for equitable public policies affecting the LGBT community; provide free legal assistance and information to LGBT people and their legal advocates; and conduct community education on LGBT legal issues.

Fall, Spring and Summer clerks will be working at NCLR’s offices in San Francisco. Clerks will interact with members of the community who contact NCLR’s legal information helpline and handle their questions from start to finish under the supervision and training of NCLR staff attorneys. Clerks will also conduct case research, update or draft publications, and draft memos on a wide range of issues affecting LGBT people and their families, with attorney supervision.

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National Center for Youth Law

405- 14th Street, 15th Floor ▪ Oakland, CA 94612 ▪

Contact: Leecia Welch, Senior Attorney
Tel. (510) 835-8099

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, Transcript, and Writing Sample.

Deadlines: August 15th (F); December 15th (S)                Status: Active.

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National Housing Law Project

703 Market Street, Suite 2000, San Francisco, CA 94103 ▪

Contact: Navneet Grewal, Staff Attorney
Tel. (415) 546-7000  x3102 | Fax (415) 546-7007

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample, and 3 References.

Deadlines: Open until filled.                Status: Active.

Description: The National Housing Law Project in San Francisco seeks students for fall and spring externships. For more information about our work, please visit www.nhlp.org. Recent significant student work projects have included (1) drafting advocacy letters, litigation-related documents, public records requests, and/or training materials on issues affecting access to affordable housing; (2) analyzing pending or recent legislation related to affordable housing; (3) conducting legal research and writing to assist us in preparing litigation-related documents; (4) attending a variety of trainings to build skills and substantive knowledge regarding housing and public interest advocacy; (5) participating in coalition meetings to advance the rights of low-income tenants; (6) and writing articles for NHLP’s Housing Law Bulletin, a publication that is distributed to attorneys across the nation. The issue areas our students have worked on include the rights of tenants living in foreclosed properties; preservation of affordable housing; emerging fair housing issues; and the housing rights of special needs populations, including tenants with disabilities, victims of domestic violence, and individuals with limited English proficiency.

NHLP seeks a diverse group of law clerks and is especially interested in providing a supportive experience for those who are committed to a career in public interest law. The ideal candidates must:

• possess high-caliber legal research and writing skills;
• demonstrate a commitment to working for low-income and underserved populations;
• demonstrate an ability to work independently as well as a member of a team;
• have excellent communication skills; and
• commit to working a minimum of 10 hours per week.

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National Senior Citizens Law Center 

1330 Broadway, Suite 525 ▪ Oakland, CA 94612 ▪

Contact: Katharine Hsiao, Directing Attorney
Tel: (510) 663-1055 x306

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, 3 References, and Transcript.

Deadlines: Open until filled.                Status: Active.

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Public Advocates, Inc.

131 Steuart Street, Suite 300 ▪ San Francisco, CA  94105 ▪

Contact: Sam Tepperman-Gelfant, Staff Attorney
Tel. (415) 431-7430 x324 | Fax (415) 431-1048

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, 3 References, and Writing Sample (See website for more information).

Deadlines: see website: http://www.publicadvocates.org/internships/law-clerk               Status: Active.

Description: Public Advocates seeks law students of all levels to assist us with litigation and policy advocacy to advance economic and racial justice.  We value students who have a demonstrated commitment to working with and on behalf of low income communities and communities of color. Term-time interns are expected to work at least 15 hours per week.

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Public Health Law and Policy

2201 Broadway, Suite 502 ▪ Oakland, CA 94612 ▪

Contact: Matthew Moore, JD, MPH, Staff Attorney
Tel. (510) 302-3343 | Fax (510) 444-8253

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample, and List of References.

Deadlines: August 1st (F), December 1st (S)               Status: Inactive. Boalt student not here since SP '06.

Description: We are looking for law students with excellent research and writing skills who are well-organized, detail-oriented, and have cite checking experience, preferably on a law journal.

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Regents of the University of California- Office of the General Counsel

1111 Franklin Street, 8th Floor ▪ Oakland, CA  94607-5200 ▪

Contact: Eric K. Behrens, Attorney at Law
Tel. (510) 987-9723 | Fax (510) 987- 9757

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample, and Transcript.

Deadlines: Open until filled.                Status: Active.

Description: The Office of the General Counsel provides a full range of legal services to the entire University, consisting of ten campuses, five medical schools and teaching hospitals, management or co-management of three major research laboratories, and over 150,000 employees. The bulk of the office's work is in such activities as conferring with University administrators and faculty on University policies and practices, providing drafting services, participating in claims resolution generally, informing University officials of current legal developments, participating in University seminars and training sessions, and furnishing opinions, along with being responsible for all litigation affecting the University.

For the externship program, attorneys are encouraged to provide narrowly focused and relatively brief research projects, to work closely with the externs, to provide feedback on their writing, and to include them when appropriate and possible in meetings, hearings, negotiation, etc.

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San Francisco City Attorney's Office

Office of the City Attorney ▪ City Hall, Room 234 ▪ San Francisco, CA 94102 ▪

Contact: Laurel Turner, Manager, Executive Projects & Paralegals
Tel. (415) 554-4727 | Fax (415) 554-4747

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, and brief Legal Writing Sample.

Deadlines: June (F), October (S); see website for more information: http://www.sfcityattorney.org/index.aspx?page=16              Status: Active.

Description: The City Attorney's Office is committed to providing the highest quality legal services to the Mayor, Board of Supervisors, San Francisco Unified School District, and the 94 departments, boards, commissions, and offices of the City and County of San Francisco. Our responsibilities include:

  • Representing the City and County in legal proceedings
  • Providing advice or written opinions to any officer, department head, board, commission, or other unit of local government
  • Making recommendations to the Board of Supervisors for or against the settlement or dismissal of legal proceedings
  • Approving as to form all surety bonds, contracts, and ordinances
  • Examining and approving title to all real property to be acquired by the City and County
  • Preparing reviews annually and making available to the public a codification of ordinances of the City and County
  • Investigating, evaluating, and recommending disposition of all claims made against the City and County

Interns assist Deputy City Attorneys in drafting statutes and regulations, reviewing contracts, representing the City in court and before administrative agencies, and advising the Mayor, Board of Supervisors, and various agencies and departments of the City. Work varies depending on the team on which a student interns.

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San Francisco District Attorney's Office

850 Bryant Street ▪ San Francisco, CA 94103 ▪

Contact: Jessica Geiger, Internship Coordinator
Tel. (415) 553-1608

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, 3 page writing sample (optional).

Deadlines: Please visit http://sfdistrictattorney.org/index.aspx?page=28 for deadlines and more information. Open until filled.             Status: Active. Boalt student here since SP '06.

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San Francisco Public Defender's Office

Office of the Public Defender ▪ 555 Seventh Street ▪ San Francisco, CA 94103 ▪

Contact: Kathy Asada, Deputy Public Defender, Director of Recruitment
Tel.  (415) 553-9630   Fax (415) 553-9654

Requirements: Online application, including references and statement of motivation, resume and cover letter.

Deadlines: Open until filled.                Status: Active 

Description: More information, current deadlines, and an online application can be found at http://sfpublicdefender.org/careers/internship.

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San Francisco Public Defender's Office: Juvenile Division 

Office of the Public Defender ▪ 375 Woodside Avenue, Room 118 ▪ San Francisco, CA 94127 ▪

Contact: Patricia Lee, Manager
Tel.  (415) 753-7601

Requirements: Online application, including references and statement of motivation, resume and cover letter.

Deadlines: Open until filled.                Status: Active

Description: More information, current deadlines, and an online application can be found at http://sfpublicdefender.org/careers/internship.

 

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Sierra Club Environmental Law Program

85 Second Street, Second Floor ▪ San Francisco, CA 94105-3441 ▪

Contact: Katie Schaefer, Program Assistant
Tel. (415) 977-5764

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, References, Transcript, and Writing Sample.

Deadlines:  September 1st (F), January 1st (S)               Status: Active.

Description: Solid writing and analytic skills required, as well as good interpersonal skills.  An environmental law background is preferable, but not a requirement.  For more information about the application process, please see http://www.sierraclub.org/careers/downloads/legal-fall-2011.pdf.

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Transgender Law Center 

870 Market Street, Suite 400 ▪ San Francisco, CA 94102 ▪

Contact: Kristina M. Wertz, Legal Director 
Tel. (415) 865-0176 x302 | Fax (877) 847-1278

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume.

Deadlines: Open until filled.                Status: Active 

Description: The Transgender Law Center (TLC) is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting and promoting the civil rights of transgender people and communities. TLC utilizes direct legal services, public policy advocacy, and education to increase acceptance and enforcement of laws and policies that support California's transgender communities. TLC also connects transgender people and their families to technically sound and culturally competent legal services and works to change laws and systems that fail to incorporate the needs and experiences of transgender people. TLC does everything it can to make sure that the information it provides is accurate and up-to-date, but it is important to note that this information is not and should not be understood as legal advice. TLC uses the term "transgender" broadly and inclusively to represent all forms of gender and gender expression that fall within and outside of stereotypical gender norms.

The legal extern will respond to requests for assistance and information on TLC's legal helpline, will prepare name and gender change petitions, will conduct legal research and analysis, will assist with updating TLC's legal publications and fact sheets, and will assist TLC attorneys and staff as requested.

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U. S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of California: Civil Division

450 Golden Gate Avenue, 9th Floor ▪ San Francisco, CA  94102▪

Contact: Ila C. Deiss, Assistant U.S. Attorney
Tel. (415) 436-7124 | Fax (415) 436-7169

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, Transcript (if available) 

Deadlines: May 1st (F), November 1st (S), December 1st (Su)              Status: Active

Description: More information available at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/can/employ/lawstudent.html . Note: summer law clerks are required to work a minimum of 10 weeks.

 

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U. S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of California: Civil Division - Environment 

450 Golden Gate Avenue, 9th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102-3405

Contact: Charles O'Connor, Assistant U.S. Attorney
Tel. (415) 436-7180

Requirements: Cover Letter & Resume.

Deadlines: May 15th (F), October 15th (W),  January 1st (S)   Status: Active. Boalt student here since SP '06.                

Description: The mission of the U.S. Attorney’s Office is to prosecute federal crimes and litigate civil cases on behalf of the Untied States of America.   The subject position involves research, writing and some discovery work on civil cases filed in the U.S. District Court.  Generally, the cases deal with legal issues regarding the environment, natural resources, and other miscellaneous matters related to federal real property.  Description: More information available at http://www.justice.gov/usao/can/employ/lawstudent.html.

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U. S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of California: Criminal Division – San Francisco Branch

Contact: Randy Luskey, Assistant U.S. Attorney
Tel. (415) 436-7020

Requirements: Cover Letter & Resume.

Deadlines: June 10th (F), October 1st (S) December 1st (Su)      Status: Active. Boalt student here since SP '06.

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U. S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of California: Criminal Division - San Jose Branch 

150 Almaden Boulevard, Suite 900 San Jose, CA 95113

Contact: Jeff Schenk, Assistant United States Attorney
Tel. (408) 535-2695 Fax (408) 535-5066

Contact: Dan Kaleba, Assistant United States Attorney
Tel. (408) 535-5043 Fax (408) 535-5066

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume Transcript (if available).

Deadlines: June 10th (F), November 1st (S), December 2nd (Su)                  Status: Active

Description: More information available at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/can/employ/lawstudent.html.
Note: summer law clerks are required to work a minimum of 10 weeks.

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U. S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of California: Tax Division 

450 Golden Gate Avenue, 9th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102-3405

Contact: Tom Moore , Assistant United States Attorney

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume Transcript (if available).

Deadlines: June 10th (F), November 1st (S), December 1st (Su)                 Status: Active.

Description: More information available at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/can/employ/lawstudent.html.
Note: summer law clerks are required to work a minimum of 10 weeks.

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U. S. Department of Agriculture

33 New Montgomery Street, 17th Floor ▪ San Francisco, CA  94105 ▪

Contact: John Eichhorst, Regional Attorney
Tel. (415) 744-3160 | Fax (415) 744-3170

Requirements: Cover Letter & Resume,Transcript, and Writing Sample.

Deadlines: Open until filled.                Status:Active. Boalt student here since SP '06.

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U. S. Department of Justice: Antitrust Division

450 Golden Gate Avenue, Box 36046, Room 10-0101 ▪ San Francisco, CA 94102 ▪

Contact: Anna Tryon Pletcher, Trial Attorney
Tel. (415) 436-6727 | Fax (415) 436-6687 

Requirements: Cover Letter & Resume, and Transcript.

Deadlines: April 15th (F), October 15th (S)                Status: Active

Description: The Antitrust Division promotes and protect the free market system by enforcing the federal antitrust law. Out office enforces both criminal and civil antitrust laws. On the criminal side, we prosecute price-fixing, market allocation, and bid-rigging cases under the Sherman Antitrust Act. These cases often involve the investigation of international conspiracies. On the civil side, we assess the economic impact of proposed mergers and challenge anti-competitive mergers under Section 7 of the Clayton Act. These mergers often involve high-technology markets.

The most competitive applicants will have a background in economics, antitrust, or white collar criminal law, as well as a strong interest in public service. Applicants must be available to work at least 15 hours per week in our office. Interns are not paid, but may be eligible for academic credit from their law school. Prospective interns must pass a DOJ background check, which includes a drug test.

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U. S. Department of Justice: Environment & Natural Resources Division

301 Howard Street, Suite 1050 ▪ San Francisco, CA  94105▪

Contact: Bernice Yee, Paralegal Specialist or Tammie Sera, Student Aide and Asst. Law Clerk
Tel. (415) 744-6472 or (415) 744-7744, respectively | Fax (415) 744-6476

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, Transcript, and Writing Sample, submitted as a single document in pdf format, preferably in the same order.

Deadlines: Our legal intern positions have been filled through the Spring 2012 academic year.  Applications will be accepted for Summer and Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 from September 12, 2011 - January 20, 2012.  First year (second semester) law students may apply after December 1, 2012.                                                      

Status: Active. Boalt student here since SP '06.

Description: The San Francisco Field Office (SFFO) has attorneys representing four of the Environmental and Natural Resources Division's (ENRD) nine litigating sections - the Environmental Enforcement Section (EES), the Environmental Defense Section (EDS), the Natural Resources Section (NRS), and the Indian Resources Section (IRS). The EES brings civil enforcement actions in federal court under federal environmental statutes. Its client agencies include the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Coast Guard. The EDS represents the U.S. in suits challenging the government's administration of federal environmental laws. The NRS is responsible for litigation involving the nation's national parks and forests and other federally-owned public lands and natural resources. The IRS represents the U.S. in litigation to protect tribal resources and sovereign rights.

The SFFO seeks law students interested in gaining practical experience in environmental law. Clerks' duties include conducting legal research on a variety of issues, drafting legal memoranda and briefs, preparing written discovery, preparing oral reports on shorter research assignments, and attending planning sessions with client agency counsel and technical experts. Clerks may also attend or assist with site visits, witness interviews, depositions, and hearings that occur in the San Francisco or Sacramento areas. Each clerk is assigned a mentor, who assists them in making the most of their externship experience. The SFFO is looking for students in good standing who can work for a minimum of 16 hours/week during the academic year and full-time in the summer and ideally have completed one introductory environmental law course. Please visit http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/volunteer-opp.html#enrd-sanfran for current posting information.

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U. S. Department of Justice: Office of the U.S. Trustee

235 Pine Street, Suite 700 ▪ San Francisco, CA 94104-3401 ▪

Contact: Donna S. Tamanaha, Assistant U S Trustee
Tel. (415) 705-3341 (direct) (415) 705-3333 (main line) Fax (415) 705-3379

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume.

Deadlines: Open until filled.                Status: Active. Boalt student here since SP '06.

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U. S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 9

75 Hawthorne Street ▪ San Francisco, CA  94105 ▪

Contact: Robert Moyer, Acting Deputy Regional Counsel
Tel. (415) 972-3877 | Fax (415) 947-3570

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, and Transcript.

Deadlines: August 1st (F), November 15th (S)           Status: Active.

Description: During the school year, we accept law students as volunteer interns receiving credit in connection with a clinical program or course work.  Interested students should contact our office by the deadline indicated above.  Work will consist of assisting attorneys in our office on either enforcement or counseling matters involving the federal environmental statutes which EPA administers.  More information about our office can be found at our website.

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U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

350 Embarcadero, Suite 500 ▪ San Francisco, CA  94105-1673 ▪

Contact: Linda Ordonio-Dixon, Senior Trial Attorney
Tel. (415) 625-5654

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, and Writing Sample less than 10 pages.

Deadlines:  August 1st (F), December 1st (S)                Status: Active.

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U.S. Federal Trade Commission - Western Region

901 Market Street, Suite 570 ▪ San Francisco, CA  94103 ▪

Contact: Jeffrey Klurfeld, Esquire, Regional Director
Tel. (415) 848-5100

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample, and List of References.

Deadlines:  Open until filled.                Status: Active.

Description: Student legal interns typically work with several attorneys to assist in conducting investigations and/or preparing matters for litigation.  Assignments may include legal or factual research, assisting in and/or conducting interviews with potential witnesses, reading and evaluating documentary materials, drafting memoranda and pleadings, attending investigational hearings and depositions, and participation in meetings to evaluate case proposals or discuss case strategies.  We ask that students who work in our office for law school credit commit to being physically present in the office for at least 16 hours per week.  It is helpful if a student has taken Evidence, Antitrust and/or any Consumer Protection course, but those courses are not required in order for an intern to work in the office. Please visit FTC web site for more information about organization and its scope.

 

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U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission

San Francisco Regional Office
44 Montgomery Street, Suite 2600 ▪ San Francisco, CA  94104 ▪

Contact: Steven Buchholz, Staff Attorney
Tel. (415) 705-2500 | Fax (415) 705-2501

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, Transcript, and Writing Sample (optional).

Deadlines: Rolling basis- Early applications are encouraged. Deadline to apply for fall semester positions are around mid-April; Spring semester around mid-October. Our website has the specific deadlines at www.sec.gov/jobs

Status: Active.

Description: Our interns perform legal writing and research; they attend proffer sessions, witness interviews, and meetings; they assist in document review; they attend investigative testimony and depositions; and they assist generally in all aspects of our investigations.  Interns generally gain skills that are necessary in civil litigation and investigations by regulatory agencies.  Specifically, students learn to interact with witnesses, evaluate and critically analyze documentary and testimonial evidence, and assist in determining whether there is sufficient evidence to allege violations of the federal securities laws.

There are no specific course prerequisites for concurrent courses for the internship.  We prefer, however, students who have completed course work in corporations or securities.

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Youth Law Center

200 Pine Street, Suite 300 ▪ San Francisco, CA  94104 ▪

Contact: Mamie Yee, Paralegal
Tel. (415) 543-3379 x3914 | Fax (415) 956-9022

Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, List of Three References, and Writing Sample.

Deadlines: Rolling basis.                 Status: Active.

Description: The Youth Law Center is a legal advocacy organization that works to protect children in the nation's foster care and juvenile justice systems from abuse and neglect, to ensure that they receive the support and services necessary for them to become healthy and productive adults, and to maintain ties to their families and communities whenever possible. To this end, staff attorneys work through consultation, technical assistance, training, public education, and litigation when necessary.

Students will work closely with attorneys on pending federal and state civil rights litigation. Tasks include doing legal research and writing, drafting pleadings, and attending litigation strategy meetings. In addition, students will conduct legal research and prepare memoranda on public policy aspects of child welfare and juvenile justice. Students may also work on publications of the Youth Law Center.  

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