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, education access and equity, commercial sexual exploitation of children, juvenile justice, the school-to-prison pipeline and immigration
NCYL is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We built our reputation and organizational success on embracing and encourage the collective sum of individual differences among our staff.
NCYL is headquartered in Oakland, CA. For decades, NCYL has worked to ensure children and youth have the resources, supports, and opportunities they need to advance and thrive. The Oakland office has led the charge to create high impact campaigns within the multiple public systems serving vulnerable children, using a full range of advocacy strategies. Each law clerk in the Oakland office will work with their assigned team to advocate within a specific focus area (e.g. child welfare, immigration, juvenile justice). Some law clerks in Oakland will contribute to litigation efforts, while others will engage in non-litigation strategies.
The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) seeks law students to work in its Oakland office during Spring & Summer 2020. Law clerks will work closely with NCYL attorneys on projects impacting low-income children and youth.
NCYL is interested in applicants with a strong commitment to social justice. In particular, applicants should demonstrate interest in protecting the rights of low-income children and youth. Under the mentorship of their supervising attorneys, clerks will research novel issues within youth law, write legal and policy memoranda, and assist in ongoing litigation, policy, and legislative efforts.
The minimum required time commitment for Spring 2020 is 10-15 hours per week; applicants for full-time externships will also be considered.
The required time commitment for Summer 2020 is 37.5 hours per week for ten weeks.
Each law clerk in the Oakland office will work with their assigned team to advocate within a specific focus area (e.g. child welfare, immigration, juvenile justice). Some law clerks in Oakland will contribute to litigation efforts, while others will engage in non-litigation strategies.
Please submit the following application materials to the applicable links below:
Cover letter (including any specific interests in NCYL’s ongoing projects)
Short writing sample
Oakland: NCYL anticipates hiring 2-4 spring law clerks and 6-9 summer law clerks for the Oakland office. Click this link to apply: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/161865/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Law-Clerk---Oakland
NCYL recruits law students throughout the year and reviews applications on a rolling basis. Application deadlines are as follows:
Spring 2020: November 8, 2019
Summer 2020: Rolling
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.