The Western Center on Law and Poverty (WCLP) is searching for Summer 2014 law clerks for its Los Angeles office. WCLP advances and enforces the rights of low-income Californians in health care, housing, and public benefits by working statewide for systemic change. We have successfully litigated landmark cases that impact the rights of millions of Californians with low incomes. WCLP also fights for the rights of families in the legislature and state agencies, sponsoring important legislation and preventing the passage of bills that would harm our clients.
As the state’s oldest and largest legal services support center, WCLP assists legal services advocates throughout the state by providing legal analysis, research assistance, co-counseling, and training for legal services advocates, community-based organizations, agencies, schools, and other programs.
Law clerks will gain significant experience conducting legal research, writing, and advocacy by working closely with WCLP advocates on litigation, policy advocacy, and technical assistance. We also provide opportunities for law clerks to attend trainings, oral arguments, and other events within the office and with others in the public interest community.
Interested students should send a cover letter, resume, references, and a short legal writing sample by email to Denise Williamson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students should indicate if they have a particular subject area preference, i.e., health care, housing or public benefits, and what draws them to WCLP and our work. WCLP will be conducting rolling interviews based on the quality of the applicant; the earlier the application is received, the better the chances of an interview and acceptance into our intern program. Please note that WCLP is a non-profit legal organization. We cannot offer paid internships but are willing to facilitate public interest law school grants if offered by your school.
Please feel free to contact Shirley Sanematsu at email@example.com if you have further questions. Thank you.