The Bet Tzedek Summer Clerkship Program

Summer Clerkship Program

Bet Tzedek’s nationally known summer clerkship program draws top law students from Southern California and around the country for an intensive 10-11 week internship experience in legal services. Several hundred applicants each year apply for the 25-30 placements available at our offices. Students are given the opportunity to work hands-on with clients, and many of them return to Bet Tzedek as volunteer attorneys after graduation. Students are responsible for their own funding.

Summer clerks may be assigned to special projects:

  • HOUSING CONDITIONS PROJECT targets and surveys multiple-unit residential buildings in which the conditions are egregious. The team litigates against notorious slum lords, participates in a Housing Code Enforcement group and also conducts educational presentations to tenants.
  • CONSUMER PROTECTION UNIT is a legal and educational team including Bet Tzedek staff, private law firms, local politicians, law enforcement and neighborhood churches. The team uses sophisticated litigation techniques to save clients’ homes and prevent further abuses by unscrupulous lenders.
  • HOLOCAUST RESTITUTION PROJECT files claims on behalf of clients who were interned in a concentration camp or ghetto or were in hiding under inhumane conditions. This project is also working with a major law firm on behalf of Jewish Holocaust families who never received payments from their life insurance policies.
  • KINSHIP CARE PROJECT provides legal services, advocacy, education and other support to grandparent caregivers in legal matters including guardianship, adoptions, public benefits housing and wills.
  • FAMILY CAREGIVER PROJECT provides legal education, counseling and representation on all aspects of health care decision making, SSI, Medi-Cal and quality of care in long term care facilities to care-givers, family members and service programs providing services to patients and care-givers.
  • EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS PROJECT represents clients in wage claim matters and unemployment hearings and wage claim matters. The project serves working individuals who are low income or poor by offering evening intake interviews

The deadline to apply for a clerkship is January 15th; first-year law students may apply after December 1st.

For more information, please contact

Upcoming Government Honors Deadlines

Details of these programs are provided in the 2009-10 Government Honors & Internship Handbook, located at 

Upcoming 2L Government Honors Deadlines: 

* Federal Trade Commission – Bureau of Consumer Protection 2010 Summer Law Clerk Program (Paid, Due 10/30/09)

* EEOC – OGC Summer Intern Program (Unpaid, Due 10/31/09)  

* EPA – Region 7 Legal Intern Program (Paid, Due 10/31/09)  

* Health & Human Services – Departmental Appeals Board Volunteer Internship Spring (Unpaid, Due 10/31/09)  

* Sacramento County District Attorney – Summer Law Intern Program (Paid, Due 10/31/09)  

* Alabama Office of the Attorney General – Summer Law Clerk Program (Unpaid, Due 11/01/09)  

* Federal Communications Commission – International Bureau Satellite Division Student Internship Spring (Unpaid, Due 11/01/09)  

* Federal Communications Commission – International Bureau, Strategic Analysis Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Due 11/01/09)  

* Illinois Attorney General’s Office – Law Clerk Program Spring (Unpaid, Due 11/01/09)  

* New Hampshire Public Defender – Legal & Investigative Intern Program (Paid & Unpaid, Due 11/01/09)  

* Smithsonian Institution – OGC Legal Internship Program Spring (Unpaid, Due 11/01/09)  

* City of Chicago Law Dept. – Summer Law Clerk & Extern Program (Unpaid, Due 11/02/09)  

* Health & Human Services – Centers for Disease Control OGC Summer Internship Program (Paid, Due 11/02/09)  

* Dept. of Veteran Affairs – Board of Veterans Appeals Law Student Internship Program Summer (Paid, Due 11/02/09)

* Public Defender Service for DC – Legal Clerkship Program Summer (Paid & Unpaid, Due 11/05/09)  

Upcoming 3L Government Honors Deadlines: 

* Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – Attorney Honors Program (Paid, Due 10/30/09) 

* Health & Human Services – Departmental Appeals Board Volunteer Internship Spring (Unpaid, Due 10/31/09)  

* Federal Communications Commission – International Bureau Satellite Division Student Internship Spring (Unpaid, Due 11/01/09)  

* Federal Communications Commission – International Bureau, Strategic Analysis Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Due 11/01/09)  

* Illinois Attorney General’s Office – Law Clerk Program Spring (Unpaid, Due 11/01/09)  

* New Hampshire Public Defender – Attorney Honors Program (Paid & Unpaid, Due 11/01/09)

* New York County District Attorney – Assistant District Attorney Program (Paid, Due 11/01/09)

American Bar Association Resources for Law Students and Graduates

ABA Job Board – Allows individuals to create a profile, upload their resume and cover letters and search, save and apply for jobs. In addition, they can track the status of their applications, manage privacy settings, and be notified when jobs that match their search criteria become available.  To visit, log on to

Economic Recovery Resources – Provides recession-specific resources and tips on a variety of topics from job searching, to practice management, to professional development and more. To visit, log on to

Financial Hardship Program – Offers reduced 2009-2010 ABA dues for those who have been laid off and are currently not working ($50), as well as those experiencing financial hardship ($100). In addition to reduced ABA dues, one Section membership is being offered at the reduced rate ($5 – participating Sections only). To visit, log on to

The Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation Spring Internship Program


The Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation Internship Program was established to develop the next generation of liberty-minded leaders and entrepreneurs. Over the course of the program, Interns engage in key Foundation projects, while learning and applying Market-Based Management®.

The project assignments cover fascinating areas including policy research, leadership and talent development, grassroots education, marketing, and network development. This hands-on experience gives interns the chance to explore the non-profit sector, while applying the management philosophy they are learning from the Foundation, and allows them to build a network of like-minded friends and associates.

Each Intern is assigned a Foundation mentor for the duration of the program. The mentor will guide the Interns through assignments, assist them in learning the management framework and applying it to their non-profit work, and encourage them to become effective entrepreneurs for social change.

Spring internships are part-time and flexible, but Interns must be available at least 20 hours each week, including all day on Tuesdays. Spring Interns do not work on Thursdays and are paid an hourly rate of $12.00. Unfortunately, housing is not provided.

The spring Koch Internship Program is a unique, paid opportunity for students and recent graduates to work in Washington, D.C. The Foundation is currently looking for candidates who not only have a commitment to free-market principles and individual liberty, but also demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit in and outside of the classroom.  

Details about the Koch Internship Program:

   • Runs from January 19 to May 7, 2010

   • Offers part-time flexibility

   • Pays an hourly rate of $12.00

   • Allows interns to gain real-world experience working in a think thank or policy institute

   • Equips interns with the management training and professional development necessary to be successful and effective at advancing liberty 

Applications are due by December 4, 2009.   

Please review the flyer at  and visit the Foundation’s website at  to find out more information.

If you have any questions about the Koch Internship Program, contact

This Week at the CDO (Week of October 19, 2009)

Monday, October 19 – Friday, October 23

On Campus Interviews continue this week.

Coming Up This Week: 

CDO & International Law Society Meeting  – Wednesday, October 21st at 12:30 p.m. – Room 109

Cover Letter Workshop for International LL.M. Students – Thursday, October 22nd at 12:30 p.m. – Room 216B

Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair, Washington, DC – Saturday and Sunday, October 24-25th

Miami Business and Legal Networking Event

A networking event for the business and legal communities in Miami will be held on

Wednesday, October 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Cacao Grill (114 S.E. 1st Street, Miami).

Complimentary food, drinks and music will be provided.  RSVP via email here.

This event is sponsored by Danny Burgos, John D’Angelo, New Age Images, Inc., Cacao Grill and Charles Jones of C Jones & Associates, Public Relations

Mentoring Programs in South Florida

Would you like to have a mentor in the legal community?

Several organizations in South Florida offer opportunities for law students to be matched with mentors in the legal community.  To view a list of such mentoring programs, please visit the CDO’s new “mentoring programs” page on its website.

Law Review Submissions and Student Writing Contest

The University of La Verne Law Review invites University of Miami School of Law professors and students to submit their work for their upcoming Symposium Issues focusing on the field of Immigration Law.  This issue will be published in April 2010.

In conjunction with the Symposium Issue, the  Law Review is offering law students the opportunity to submit their Note or Comment for our Student Writing Contest.  The grand prize is $200 and publication in Volume 31 of the University of La Verne Law Review.  The winner will also have the opportunity to present his or her work to leading experts in Immigration Law at our Live Symposium, to be held on February 19-20, 2010.

For more information, please visit the University of La Verne Law Review website.

FAWL Scholarships for Law Students

The Miami-Dade chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) is offering several limited scholarships to law students who have made or seek to make contributions to the community in the areas of health, safety, human rights or human welfare.

Completed applications must be submitted by Friday, October 30, 2009.   Students may request a copy of the application from their CDO advisor or by emailing

Brennan Center for Justice – Summer Internship Program

The Brennan Center for Justice is currently hiring legal interns for the Summer 2010 term. There are opportunities in all of the Center’s programs and both of its offices to work on cutting edge policy advocacy, research, and litigation initiatives.

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from voting rights to redistricting reform, from access to the courts to presidential power in the fight against terrorism. A singular institution—part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group—the Brennan Center combines scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector.

The Center seeks interns to work alongside staff in its New York and Washington offices on the Brennan Center’s policy advocacy, research, and litigation initiatives. Activities may include legal and policy analysis; legislative drafting at federal, state, and local levels; administrative and legislative advocacy; public education and scholarship; and litigation in trial and appellate courts.

How to Apply:

Interested students should send: (1) a cover letter explaining which particular programs or projects they are interested in joining: Democracy (NY), Justice-Access to Justice/Criminal Justice (NY), Justice-Liberty & National Security (NY or DC), or DC Office; (2) a current law school transcript; (3) a legal writing sample; (4) a current resume; and (5) contact information for three references. These items should be sent by e-mail to  with “Summer Legal Internship” in the subject line.

The deadline for applications is February 15, 2010, but interested students are strongly encouraged to apply early.

More information is available at the Brennan Center for Justice website.