WHO WE ARE: 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.
CCLS’s Post Graduate Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for a recent law school graduate with proven commitment to social justice work to begin their career in impact advocacy for low-income clients and communities. The CCLS Fellow will gain valuable experience in providing high-quality legal assistance, from advice and brief services to full representation, with a focus on affirmative litigation targeted to systemic inequities. Candidates will be considered for opportunities with all legal practice areas, including Senior/Consumer Law, Housing Law, Health Law, and Family Law.
Position: Post Graduate Fellow
Experience: Law School Graduate; Spanish or Hmong Fluency Strongly Preferred
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Location: Fresno, Visalia, and/or Merced Offices (as needed)
Term of Employment: One Year Fellowship
Other: FLSA Non-exempt, Non-Union Position
HOW TO APPLY:
Please visit https://www.centralcallegal.org/careers/ or click the link below to submit an online application and join our CCLS family to help us Advance Justice & Empower People.
2. Cover Letter addressing the following questions:
a. Please tell us briefly about your experience, if any, doing advocacy work with a low-income community. What skills and qualities did you bring that were important to the effort? What did you learn?
b. Please describe your leadership experience, if any.
c. Tell us about your connection to the Central Valley: how well do you know it? Do you have ties here? What draws you here?
d. Do you have particular interest in being a Legal Aid lawyer? If so, please tell us about that.
3. Three Professional References
4. Legal Writing Sample
SALARY/BENEFITS: Annual fellowship award of $65,000.00 paid semi-monthly; 14.5 paid holidays.
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.