The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) advances justice by defending the rights of children and improving the systems impacting their lives. We focus on complex challenges that disproportionately impact children and communities of color and on solutions that require multiple public systems to change their policies, practices and culture.
Our work encompasses policy advocacy, research, technical assistance, public awareness, and impact litigation in the areas of child welfare (foster care), education access and equity, commercial sexual exploitation of children, juvenile justice, the school-to-prison pipeline, adolescent health, reproductive justice, and immigration.
About the Law Clerkship
Law clerks work with NCYL attorneys on litigation and policy projects. Under the mentorship of their supervising attorneys, clerks research novel issues within youth law, write legal and policy memoranda, and assist in ongoing litigation, policy, and legislative efforts. NCYL offers a robust law and policy training program to all law clerks.
NCYL is headquartered in Oakland, CA, but also offers summer law clerk positions in its Washington, DC office. See our Washington, DC posting to apply specifically to that office, or note your interest in that location in this application, if you are open to working in either Oakland or DC.
Click here to apply. Please submit the following application materials:
Applicants with promising applications are contacted for a 30-minute phone interview. NCYL anticipates hiring 6-9 summer law clerks for the Oakland office. Law clerks interested in working on commercial sexual exploitation of children and juvenile justice policy initiatives may be located in Los Angeles, CA and San Jose, CA, respectively.
NCYL reviews applications and makes hiring decisions on a rolling basis. The final application deadline is January 17, 2020.
Please note that NCYL does not offer paid clerkships. However, NCYL is committed, subject to available resources, to assist those who require financial assistance in order to accept this position. NCYL encourages students to seek a clinical placement through their school or apply for outside funding to support their work. NCYL routinely works with law schools to secure academic credit for the student.
The National Center for Youth Law is committed to hiring a group of students that reflect the racial and cultural diversity of our clients. Students of color, those who will increase the diversity of NCYL, and those with personal experience in our practice areas are strongly encouraged to apply as a summer clerk.
NCYL is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, disability, religion, age, personal appearance, size, marital status, family responsibilities, matriculation, or genetic information.