Public Advocates Legal Clerkships: 2013/14 School Year and Summer 2014


Public Advocates, a non-profit law firm and advocacy organization, challenges the systemic causes of poverty and discrimination by strengthening community voices in public policy and achieving tangible legal victories advancing education, housing and transit equity. Public Advocates focuses on strategic policy reform, collaboration with grassroots groups representing people with low incomes, people of color and immigrants, communication, and litigation, making rights real across California since 1971.

Job Description:

Spend your semester or summer at one of California’s leading civil rights law firms. Public Advocates’ law clerks play a crucial role in high profile litigation and policy advocacy to advance economic and racial justice. In turn, the organization is committed to providing high quality training and supervision to help advance the career goals of their clerks and to foster a true community of public interest lawyers. They seek law students both at their main office in San Francisco and at the Sacramento office, which specializes in legislative advocacy and community engagement. 

The Legal Clerkship Program:

Our Legal Clerkship Program exposes students to the diverse strategies of their impact work in an environment geared to their development as future lawyers committed to the public interest. Law clerks are assigned to a supervising attorney who has primary responsibility for giving constructive feedback in a positive learning environment. Public Advocates works to ensure that clerks have assignments that address a variety of skills and training goals. They engage students in a wide range of work to promote equity and systemic change including: major civil rights impact litigation from development through trial and appeal; legislative, administrative, and policy advocacy; coalition work with grassroots organizations; and media and communications.

Clerks have assisted in drafting briefs, participated in litigation meetings, attended administrative hearings, met with policy makers, organized public meetings and trainings, conducted cutting-edge policy research, and helped to build and strengthen relationships with various coalition partners.

Public Advocates are currently accepting applications from 2Ls for summer 2014, and they will start accepting 1L applications in December. Applications for semester positions are welcome at any time before the semester begins. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible for both semester and summer clerkships as space is limited and they fill positions on a rolling basis. 

For qualifications, how to apply and additional information, please visit Symplicity Job Posting ID# 11866.