NCYL recruits law students to work during the fall, spring, and summer. Fall and spring positions are part-time (10-15 hours a week). Summer positions are full-time (40 hours a week). Application deadlines are as follows:
- Fall: August 15
- Spring: December 15
NCYL pursues a range of system-reform strategies, including policy advocacy and impact litigation, and provides assistance to other child advocates nationwide through trainings and our legal journal.
Law clerks work closely with NCYL staff attorneys who are among the most experienced, knowledgeable, and respected children’s lawyers in the country. Under the mentorship of their supervising attorney, clerks research novel issues of youth law, write legal and policy memoranda, assist in ongoing litigation and legislation, and respond to requests for assistance.
NCYL is interested in applicants with a demonstrated commitment to child advocacy and/or poverty law. In particular, applicants should have a keen interest in the rights of poor and vulnerable children.The National Center for Youth Law is committed to hiring a group of students that reflects the racial and cultural diversity of our clients.
If you are interested in a summer law clerk position with NCYL, please submit the following:
• Cover letter
• Three references
• Short writing sample
Please submit your application to Miranda Perry.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
National Center for Youth Law
405 - 14th Street, 15th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
510-835-8098, Ext. 3046
*Please note that this is an unpaid internship. Students should seek a clinical placement through their school, apply for outside funding, or be willing to volunteer their time.