Law Clerk – Spring 2014

The Equal Justice Society is a national legal organization focused on restoring constitutional safeguards against discrimination. Our 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 by replacing the Intent Doctrine with a Disparate Impact standard that addresses contemporary forms of racism. 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.

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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, and the school-to-prison pipeline, local service and municipal disparities, and inequities in the criminal justice system.

EJS has law clerk positions available for Spring 2014 at our office in Oakland (1999 Harrison St. Suite 800, 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.

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 positions fill quickly. We will not accept applications after November 1, 2013.

* Applications must be received in the office by the deadline.
* Positions will be filled on a rolling basis; early applications are welcome and will be reviewed as they are received.

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 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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