National Center for Youth Law
The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) works to amplify youth power, dismantle racism and other structural inequities, and build just policies, practices, and culture in support of young people. Our efforts advance justice through research, community collaboration, impact litigation, and policy advocacy that fundamentally transforms our nation's approach to education, health, immigration, foster care, and youth justice. Our vision is a world in which every young person thrives and has a full and fair opportunity to achieve the future they envision for themselves.
William Lee “Bill” Grimm, Senior Director at the National Center for Youth Law, was a public impact attorney who worked for 43 years transforming and redeeming some of the most troubled child welfare systems in America. To honor him and his powerful legacy, in partnership with his family and friends, we have created the Bill Grimm Memorial Summer Clerk Program. Read more about Bill here.
NCYL seeks law students to support its Washington, DC and Oakland offices during Summer 2022. Under the mentorship of their supervising legal or policy staff members, summer clerks will work on projects impacting low-income children and youth.
This position is a remote opportunity. Clerks will not be required to relocate or work in person. NCYL’s workplace continues to evolve and thrive following more than a year of fully remote work. As Summer 2022 approaches, NCYL will continue to evaluate whether clerks will have the ability to complete any portion of the program in person.
The National Center for Youth Law is committed to hiring clerks who 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.
The Washington, DC Team
Litigation law clerks in the DC office will work with a highly experienced group of litigation attorneys with strong civil rights backgrounds. Working seamlessly together with our litigators and subject-matter experts across the country, the DC office works on impact litigation projects intended to improve the lives of low-income children.
The DC office is also home to NCYL’s Education Civil Rights Alliance (ECRA), a diverse and experienced group of litigators, policy counsel, organizers, educator organizations, professional associations, and civil rights organizations that are committed to protecting the civil rights of marginalized students. The DC office intends to hire one law clerk to support the ECRA’s work.
Unless applicants indicate a preference to contribute to impact litigation or ECRA exclusively, the DC office will consider each applicant for both the litigation and ECRA law clerkships.
Education Civil Rights Alliance
The Oakland, CA Team
The Oakland office’s staff includes policy, legal, and direct services staff. Law clerks in the Oakland office will work with a highly experienced group of attorneys and staff with strong civil rights backgrounds. Policy and legal staff work on cases and campaigns in multiple states, including work focused on the foster care system, juvenile justice, education, immigration, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and health access and equity.
Program participants will receive a stipend of $2000 to defray living expenses.
How To Apply
Applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled or until January 14, 2022. Applicants must submit the following:
NCYL will not participate in regional or school-based career fairs taking place after the January 14 deadline if all clerk spots have been filled. All students are encouraged to apply as early as they are permitted to do so by their schools.
Applicants of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.
NCYL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, color, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, or genetic information.