Civil Field Placements

The Civil Field Placements give students the opportunity to put their education in practice by working either part-time or full time at Bay Area non-profit organizations and government agencies under the supervision of an attorney. Students learn the fundamentals of lawyering and practical judgment by watching skilled lawyers and by practicing these skills under supervision. Students are required to do a minimum of 4 units of credit (16 hours per week over 14 weeks) and may choose to do up to 12 units for a full-time placement and are also required to enroll in a course component.

Start by reviewing the list of past approved placements below but we encourage you to bring new ideas for placements as well.

Explore the many exciting areas- including Environmental– offered below:

  Schedule an Advising Appointment         The Field Placement Application

Propose a new placement to the field placement director


San Francisco 

U.S. Department of Education – Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education – Public Advocates, Inc.

East Bay

Bay Area Rapid Transit – Office of General Counsel

California Attorney General’s Office – Licensing Litigation Section

City Administrator—Oakland

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)—Oakland office

U.S. Coast Guard, Alameda


California Department of Justice – Environmental Section

Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

Sacramento City Attorney

U. S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of California – Civil Division

U.S. Department of Interior, Office of the Regional Solicitor

San Francisco

California Attorney General’s Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit

California Department of Insurance

Judicial Counsel of California – Administrative Office of the Courts

San Francisco City Attorney

San Francisco Human Rights Commission

Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security (TSA)

U.S. Attorney’s Office, Civil Division

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Federal Trade Commission

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement

U.S. Security and Exchange Commission (SEC)

South Bay/Peninsula

County Counsel—San Mateo County

Santa Clara County Counsel’s Office

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

East Bay

Change Lab Solutions 

Kaiser Permanente – Legal Department

Kaiser Permanente – Family Health Plan Legal Department

UC Office of the President – Health Sciences and Services


California Department of Justice – Office of the Attorney General, Health, Education & Welfare Section 

California Health and Human Services Agency: Office of Integration 

San Francisco

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of the General Counsel

East Bay

UC Office of the President – Office of the General Counsel

San Francisco

U.S. Attorney’s Office – Tax Division


The Field Placement Program is governed by ABA Standard 304:  Study Outside the Classroom and Berkeley Law Academic Rule 3 – the 295 Series – (c) Limitations.


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