Summer 2014 Law Student Internship at the East Bay Community Law Center
February 11, 2014
The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is seeking full-time law student interns for its 2014 Summer Program. EBCLC is the community-based clinic for Berkeley Law School (University of California, Boalt Hall), and provides free civil legal services to low-income clients of Alameda County, California. During its summer session, EBCLC welcomes students from all law schools.
What is the East Bay Community Law Center?
EBCLC is a nationally-recognized poverty law clinic founded by Boalt students in 1988 with the dual mission of providing high quality legal services to low-income clients and first-rate clinical education to law students.
The practice groups at EBCLC are:
- Clean Slate: Criminal Justice & Community Reentry (administrative, regulatory, policy advocacy)
- Green Collar Communities Clinic: GC3 (community economic development)
- Health (multidisciplinary & holistic)
- Housing & Eviction Defense (litigation)
- Immigration (administrative with some litigation)
- Neighborhood Justice Clinic (self-help services, litigation, policy advocacy)
- Public Benefits (administrative, litigation, policy advocacy)
- Youth Defender Clinic (holistic criminal defense & school advocacy)
Why should I intern at EBCLC?
Gain Hands-on Lawyering Experience: EBCLC offers you the opportunity to put your classroom learning to work and to gain a broad range of experience in the real-life practice of law. With extensive substantive law and skills training, you have primary responsibility for your legal work, including conducting client interviews, counseling clients, negotiating settlements, drafting pleadings and representing clients in administrative hearings and court proceedings.
Receive Close, High-Quality Supervision: You choose a practice group and are assigned to work with one of EBCLC's clinical supervisors. Supervisors offer day-to-day direction on casework and projects, meet weekly to review your work, and organize regular "case rounds" for all students within a practice group.
Serve the Community: As law student interns, you make a substantial contribution to meeting the legal needs of the low-income community at a time when resources to address these needs are increasingly scarce.
Build Your Resume: Non-profit employers and private law firms know that students at EBCLC receive first-rate training and supervision. The National Association of Law Placement reports that private-sector employers place a high value on the lawyering skills students learn in clinical settings such as EBCLC.
What is my time commitment if I intern at EBCLC?
The summer session is ten weeks long, from Tuesday, May 27, 2014 through Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Workloads in any given week may vary due to the nature of a live client practice, but you will not regularly be required to work more hours than anticipated.
What qualifications must I have to intern at EBCLC?
No specific previous training or coursework is required; however, a demonstrated commitment to serving low-income, minority and underrepresented individuals and groups, and/or previous experience in one of our practice areas or in public interest law is highly desirable, as is second language ability in Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, or Farsi. EBCLC staff will work with students to secure funding through fellowships from law schools and other public interest sources; however, we are unable to offer compensation for summer internship positions.
How do I apply?
Interested law students should submit the following application materials electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Short Writing Sample (5-10 pages)
- Cover Letter (please describe your experience and interests in one page or less)
- Practice Group Preference (please rank your top preferences and whether you would accept a placement in any practice group)
- Three References (please provide current email addresses and include at least one employment-related reference)
Applications are accepted and hiring decisions made on a rolling basis until positions are filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All completed applications will be acknowledged. March 15, 2014 is the current deadline for accepting applications.
For more information on EBCLC's summer program, visit www.ebclc.org/summerprogram.php.