Internships

Boalt supervisor: Nancy K. D. Lemon, Lecturer (510) 525-3164 or nlemon@law.berkeley.edu

[note: most of these placements can be done 11-19 hours a week for 3-5 credits, to be arranged with your on-site supervisor]


Civil Legal Settings

1. Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP) – Berkeley – www.fvaplaw.org

• conduct legal research, help screen possible cases for appeal, work on appellate briefs and/or amicus briefs in cases where children are ordered into dangerous custody or visitation situations with abusers

2. Family Violence Law Center (FVLC) – Oakland – www.fvlc.org

• many types of family law issues: Restraining Orders, custody, support, etc.; you can expect to represent clients in TRO hearings if you are certified

3. Bay Area Legal Aid – Richmond – www.baylegal.org

• restraining order drop-in clinic, variety of types of legal work, many aspects of family law, some immigration law, all the clients are victims of domestic violence

4. Bay Area Legal Aid – Oakland – www.baylegal.org

• variety of types of law affecting victims of domestic violence (family law, consumer, welfare, immigration, housing); sometimes go to court and administrative hearings (e.g., welfare)

5. Bay Area Legal Aid - San Francisco – www.baylegal.org

• variety of types of law involving victims of domestic violence (family law, consumer, welfare, immigration, housing), rarely go to court, but may be administrative hearings

6. Bay Area Legal Aid – Santa Clara – www.baylegal.org

• variety of types of law involving victims of domestic violence (family law, consumer, welfare, immigration, housing), rarely go to court, but may be administrative hearings

7. Employment Law Center of Legal Aid Society of San Francisco (Domestic Violence and Employment Project) – www.las-elc.org

• statewide domestic violence project involving victims with employment issues (time off to deal with domestic violence, keeping their jobs, obtaining unemployment, trying to get their jobs back, employer not protecting client at work, etc.) - direct services and policy work; rarely go to court

8. Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA) – San Mateo – www.corasupport.org

• restraining orders, family law, immigration, housing, and other legal matters involving survivors of domestic violence; court at least weekly; you could represent clients in TRO hearings if certified


Immigration and Asylum Law

9. Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach – San Francisco and Oakland – www.apilegaloutreach.org

• advocacy, family law and immigration law for domestic violence survivors; require 15-20 hours a week, prefer students who speak Tagalog, Mandarin, Cantonese, or Spanish plus demonstrated commitment to social justice work

10. International Institute of the Bay Area – Oakland - www.iibayarea.org

• self-petitions for immigrant battered women under the Violence Against Women Act, and U Visas, a lot of client contact, assembling evidence and writing petitions, though probably no court work

11. Centro Legal de la Raza – Oakland – www.centrolegal.org

• must speak Spanish. self-petitions under VAWA and U visas, client contact, community education and outreach if you want to do these

12. Immigration Center for Women and Children – San Francisco – www.icwclaw.org

• self-petitions for immigrant battered women under the Violence Against Women Act, and U Visas, a lot of client contact, assembling evidence and writing petitions, though probably no court work, very experienced supervisor


Criminal Law

13. The Ca. Habeas Project – San Francisco – www.habeasproject.org (director is now Catherine McKee), part of Legal Services for Prisoners With Children, www.prisonerswithchildren.org

• helping battered women get out of prison via habeas or parole; can include visiting women in the 2 Chowchilla prisons

14. District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Unit – Oakland – www.alcoda.org

• a little client contact, focus is on working closely with prosecutors and assisting them with motions, investigation, etc.; if certified, you may argue a motion or preliminary examination; recommend that you take Criminal Procedure first

15. District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Unit - San Francisco – www.sfgov.org/da

• a little client contact, focus is on working closely with prosecutors and assisting them with motions, investigation, etc.; if certified, you may argue a motion or preliminary examination; recommend that you take Criminal Procedure first

16. District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Unit – Marin - www.co.marin.ca.us/da/

• a little client contact, focus is on working closely with prosecutors and assisting them with motions, investigation, etc.; if certified, you may argue a motion or preliminary examination, or even conduct a trial; recommend that you take Criminal Procedure first


Policy Work

17. Intern with Nancy Lemon, working on policy issues such as amicus briefs, background research on pending legislation, etc.

Some of the work is with the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, the state domestic violence coalition, www.cpedv.org

• no need to be certified as you would not be representing clients. You would be doing research on legislative proposals and other policy work, and attending meetings, writing briefs, etc.

18. Intern at the Ca. Partnership to End Domestic Violence in the Prevention Program. Focus is on teens and schools.

Contact person is Lisa Fujie Parks, Prevention Program Manager (lisa@cpedv.org). Some of the work will be in Sacramento and some you can do from home.

• no need to be certified as you would not be representing clients. You would be doing research on prevention-related matters, creating documents, helping organize trainings, etc.


Other Placements

If there is another placement where you would like to work, please talk to me and we will attempt to arrange it.


General Information:

You need to average 11-15 hours per week at the internship, including both seeing clients and going to court. You receive 1 unit for each 4 hours you do weekly, for a total of 3, 4, or 5 units.

I will also meet with you and the other interns two hours per week (283Q, the classroom component, or 297). So the total time commitment is 12-20 hrs per week plus some reading.

After you figure out a potential schedule and placement, please call or email me, then the supervisor at the above numbers so you can arrange to be interviewed by the supervisor, in person or on the phone. Some placements want a resume too.


Getting Certified:

Need for Certification: If you’d like to represent clients in court, you need to be certified to represent clients at hearings. To do this, you must have taken or be taking Evidence. The Dean of Students will not sign your certification form until the semester in which you are taking Evidence begins.

For other legal settings, you may not need to be certified, so do not need to have taken Evidence. You may want to be certified in case you get a chance to argue in court, but this is not required.

Process: There are 3 separate forms, to be submitted together with your check.

• Student's Application
• Declaration by Supervising Attorney
• Declaration by Dean of Law School
• $55 Non-refundable Application Fee, made payable to the State Bar of Ca.

Print the forms -- On www.calbar.ca.gov you go to Home > Attorney Resources > Special Services > Practical Training of Law Students > Forms, and print the forms.

Fill them out and ask the supervising attorney at your placement and the Dean of Students to sign.

File the package with the State Bar in San Francisco as soon as possible.