Summer law clerks will develop a broad understanding of the issues facing low–income and underserved communities in and around Southeast Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Interns will have direct client contact and will be given the opportunity to work under staff attorneys in several legal practice areas. A heavy emphasis will be placed on housing, family safety and domestic violence related case work.
CLA SoCal seeks enthusiastic, analytical, and compassionate law students who will thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced public interest law firm. We are committed to creating and cultivating an exceptional and diverse cohort of summer law students. We welcome applicants who bring a variety of perspectives, lived experiences and competencies.
CLA SoCal hosts two summer law clerk programs for students to choose from; Southeast Los Angeles and Santa Ana. Both programs are 10-week full-time (35 hours a week) and are currently scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
Southeast Los Angeles Summer Program: Under the supervision of CLA SoCal staff, summer law clerks will rotate though three placements over the course of our ten-week, full-time program: (1) the Compton Court Self-Help Center, where students will assist large volumes of litigants seeking assistance primarily with their family law and housing cases; (2) the Restraining Order Clinic at the Compton Courthouse where students will assist survivors of domestic violence, elder abuse or harassment in seeking protection for themselves and their loved ones; and (3) a smaller portion of the summer will be spent in the Compton Office to prepare a memorandum which can be used by the student as a writing sample.
Santa Ana Summer Program: Summer clerks will be placed in one of our legal units to work the entirety of the ten-week summer program. The students will work under the direct supervision of one attorney and gain in-depth experience in a specific legal area and exposure to additional areas if desired. Students will complete at least one assignment that can be used as a writing sample. Opportunities for placement in our legal units may include: housing, family law, assisting victims domestic violence, seniors, health access, immigration, consumer law, government benefits and anti-human trafficking.
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