Law Clerks – Spring/Summer 2019 - OAKLAND, CA


Oakland, CA

National Center for Youth Law

National Center for Youth Law

Since 1970, the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) has transformed how public systems support our country’s most vulnerable children, including foster youth, students with disabilities, child sex trafficking victims, youth in the juvenile justice system, immigrant children, and children from marginalized backgrounds. We lead multiyear campaigns to change laws and regulations, redesign government services, and hold public agencies accountable for the wellbeing of children in their care.

NCYL’s mission includes advancing social, economic, and racial justice for all children, and we are committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We embrace and encourage the collective sum of individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent our employees invest in their work that represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and organization's success. 


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.

Staff at NCYL use a variety of system reform strategies to accomplish this work, such as policy advocacy, research, technical assistance, public awareness, and impact litigation because NCYL has a broad mandate to engage in work across the following areas:

• Child Welfare (including Medicaid)

• Education for System-Involved Students

• Education for Students with Disabilities

• Child Trafficking

• Juvenile Justice

• School-to-Prison Pipeline

• Immigrant Rights


The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) seeks law students to work in its Oakland and Washington DC offices during Spring and Summer 2019. Law clerks will work closely with NCYL attorneys on projects impacting low-income children and youth. 


To Apply 

Please submit the following application materials to the applicable links below: 

  • Cover letter (including any specific interests in NCYL’s ongoing projects)
  • Resume
  • Short writing sample

Clerkship application review will occur on a rolling basis. 

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.

Oakland: NCYL anticipates hiring 2-4 spring law clerks and 6-9 summer law clerks for the Oakland office. 

The National Center for Youth Law is committed to hiring a group of students that reflects 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.

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