Law Clerks

Spring and Summer 2018 Law Clerk Positions Available

Spring 2018 Position Announcement (PDF)Summer 2018 Position Announcement (PDF)

The Equal Justice Society has law clerk positions available for Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 at our office in Oakland (1939 Harrison St. Suite 818, Oakland, CA 94612).

EJS law clerks participate in legal research, writing, and analysis in the areas of civil rights and racial justice.  The positions are open to law students who have completed at least their first year of law school.

The Equal Justice Society (“EJS”) is transforming the nation’s consciousness on race through law, social science, and the arts.  A national legal organization focused on restoring constitutional safeguards against discrimination, EJS’s goal is to help achieve a society where race is no longer a barrier to opportunity.  Specifically, EJS is working to fully restore the constitutional protections of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause, which guarantees all citizens receive equal treatment under the law.   We use a three-pronged approach to accomplish these goals, combining legal advocacy, outreach and coalition building, and education through effective messaging and communication strategies.

Our legal strategy aims to broaden conceptions of present-day discrimination to include unconscious and structural bias by using cognitive science, structural analysis, and real-life experience.  Currently, EJS targets its advocacy efforts on school discipline, special education, the school-to-prison pipeline, and inequities in the criminal justice system.

Location: Oakland, California

Compensation: Although we are unable to offer paid positions, we will work with selected candidates to secure funding through your law school and other possible public-interest funding sources.  Academic credit may also be available through your law school.

Rolling Deadline: EJS reviews law clerk applications & hires on a rolling basis. Early application is highly recommended as EJS begins reviewing its applications in early Fall and positions fill quickly. Applications must be received in the office by the deadline:

  • Spring 2018 applications will not be accepted after December 5, 2017.
  • Summer 2018 applications will not be accepted after January 5, 2018.

Application: Please email (1) cover letter, (2) resume, (3) writing sample (a legal memorandum that is no more than 10 pages), and (4) a list of three references to with “Spring 2018 Law Clerk Application” or “Summer 2018 Law Clerk Application” in the subject line.

EJS is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, religious minorities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

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