East Bay Community Law Center: Summer 2012 Internships

The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is seeking full-time law student interns for its 2012 summer program. EBCLC is the community-based clinic for Berkeley Law School (University of California, Boalt Hall) during the academic year, and provides free civil legal services to low-income clients of Alameda County, California. During our summer session, EBCLC welcomes students from all law schools.

Students handle their own cases under the day-to-day supervision of staff attorneys in one of the following practice areas:

  • Clean Slate: Criminal Justice & Community Reentry (administrative, regulatory, policy advocacy)
  • Green Collar Communities Clinic: GC3 (community economic development)
  • Health: Elev8 Public School-based Legal Services Project (multidisciplinary)
  • Health: HIV/AIDS Project and Medical-Legal Partnership (multidisciplinary)
  • Housing & Eviction Defense (litigation)
  • Immigration (administrative with some litigation)
  • Neighborhood Justice Clinic (self-help services, litigation)
  • Welfare Law (administrative, regulatory, policy advocacy)

The summer program runs for ten weeks, from Tuesday, May 29 through Friday, August 3, 2012.

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.

Interested law students should submit the following application materials electronically to summerintern@ebclc.org:

  • Resume
  • Short Writing Sample (5-10 pages)
  • Cover Letter (please describe your experience and interests in one page or less)
  • Practice Group Preference (please rank your top preferences and whether you would accept a placement in any practice group)
  • 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 available positions are filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  All completed applications will be acknowledged. February 29, 2011 is the current deadline for accepting applications.

For more information on the summer program, please visit www.ebclc.org/summerprogram.php.