CCLS 2023 Summer Fellowship Program


For over 50 years, CCLS has been representing and advocating for low-income individuals in Merced, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Fresno, Tulare, and Kings Counties—a region where intense poverty exists side by side with unparalleled wealth and abundance. Our mission is to provide high quality, no-cost civil legal services to low income individuals, families, and communities—improving the wellbeing of our Valley through systems-changing advocacy, client education, and legal work that meets individual clients’ immediate needs. We also work closely with agencies and community organizations that share our commitment to support our clients in being their own agents of change.



Each summer CCLS selects up to three law students to join our fight and be a part of our mission to advance justice and empower people. During the 10-week program, Fellows will be assigned to one or more of the following legal teams: 

  • Housing Law Team (Eviction defense)
  • Consumer/Senior/Public Benefits Law Team (Senior citizen rights, Consumer justice)
  • Health Consumer Center 
  • Family/Immigration Law Team

The 2023 Summer Fellowship will be conducted in-person at the CCLS main office in Fresno, California. Fellows will be expected to work alongside CCLS staff Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, gaining hands-on experience in a fast-paced, legal aid firm. Selected Fellows will be compensated at a rate of $15.50 per hour, with the possibility of an additional award, pending funding approval. 


Position: CCLS 2023 Summer Fellow

Experience: All Law Students Welcome

Application Deadline: Friday, March 17, 2023

Location: Fresno Office (in-person)

Program Dates: Monday, June 5th through Friday, August 11, 2023 (10 Weeks)

Fellowship Compensation:  $15.50 per hour



All applications must include: 

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Three personal or professional references
  4. Responses to the following Supplemental Questions: 
  • Why are people poor? (Limit 500 words)
  • How has your life and law school experience shaped your interest in poverty law? (Limit 500 words)
  • What has been your greatest accomplishment? (Limit 500 words)

CCLS is an equal opportunity employer: we value equity, inclusion, and diversity, across all races, cultures, classes, ages, religions, gender identities and presentations, sexual orientations, body sizes, family structures, abilities, and all categories protected by law. We encourage all interested individuals to apply. This is position is subject to a Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Salary Description
$15.50 per hour