The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is seeking full-time interns for its 2015 Summer Program. EBCLC is the community-based clinic for Berkeley Law School (University of California, Boalt Hall) during the academic year, and the largest provider of free legal services to low-income residents of Alameda County. During our 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. In seven clinics within five broad programs areas, EBCLC staff and students take a multimodal approach to addressing the causes and conditions of poverty and inequality by providing legal education and outreach, brief services, full and holistic representation, and policy advocacy. Placements are available in the following clinics:
The practice groups at EBCLC are:
- Clean Slate-Criminal Justice & Community Reentry: administrative, regulatory, policy advocacy
- Consumer Justice: self-help services, litigation, policy advocacy
- Education Defense & Justice for Youth (EDJY): holistic juvenile criminal defense and school advocacy
- Green Collar Communities Clinic (GC3): community economic development
- Health, Welfare & Homelessness: multidisciplinary & holistic, policy advocacy
- Housing & Eviction Defense: litigation
- Immigration: administrative, litigation
Download Clinic Descriptions (PDF)
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 cases or projects, 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 clinic 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 clinic.
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, Tuesday, May 26, 2015 through Friday, July 31, 2015. 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 :
- Short Writing Sample (5–10 pages)
- Cover Letter (please describe your experience and interests in one page or less)
- Clinic Preference (please rank your top preferences and indicate whether you would accept a placement in any clinic)
- 3 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. March 31, 2015 is the current deadline for accepting applications.
All completed applications will be acknowledged.