Children’s Law Center offers clerkship opportunities to law students interested in learning about the Los Angeles County dependency court system. This area of practice provides students with exposure to a wide range of child and family welfare issues. The participation of volunteer attorneys, graduate students, and undergraduate students is also welcomed at CLC throughout the year.
Law clerks and volunteers assist attorneys with trial preparation, witness interviews, research and preparation of motions, custody orders, guardianship papers, subpoenas, and restraining orders. Telephone contact, problem solving, and monitoring the enforcement of court orders with caretakers, social workers, therapists, and child and adult clients are also important functions performed by interns. Interested students often develop specialized research projects as well.
Clerks and volunteers attend confidential juvenile court proceedings and witness the dynamics of how this system addresses the needs of families in crisis. Monthly in-service training is also offered.
The CLC summer law clerk program includes a two-day orientation and training, trips to other courts and facilities that serve abused and neglected children, and regular brown bag training sessions covering topics including trial preparation and advocacy, sexual abuse, The Indian and Child Welfare Act, and delinquency/dependency crossover issues. Students are also encouraged to meet informally with attorneys and hearing officers to reflect on their experiences and observations.
Volunteers, grant recipients and students working for credit are all encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume and formal/informal transcripts (if available) via first-class mail, FAX or e-mail to:
Children’s Law Center of California
101 Centre Plaza Drive
Monterey Park, CA 91754
For fall/spring recruitment or additional questions please contact:
- Elaine Bradshaw (Los Angeles) Attorney Supervisor, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Katherine McLoughlin (Sacramento) Staff Attorney, email@example.com Phone:916-520-2021
CLC welcomes applicants interested in crafting proposals for fellowship projects (such as the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, Equal Justice Works, the Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship, and others) to begin in Fall 2022. CLC is interested in both applicants with specific projects in mind (areas of specialization include mental health, sexual exploitation/trafficking, education, and juvenile justice) and applicants who do not have a specific project in mind, but desire to work in a specialty area within CLC. Please see the timeline and requirement details below.
- Letter of Interest – In one page, please discuss why you are interested in applying for a fellowship with CLC. If applicable, describe your general project idea or the issue(s) you are most interested in addressing. Please note that a specific project idea is not required, and its absence will not necessarily impact your application negatively.
- Current resume/C.V.
- References – Please include three references, preferably individuals familiar with your performance in law school and/or related to any recent internships or places of employment.
Please submit the above materials by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 9, 2021.
After July 9, CLC will review all submissions and will contact applicants under consideration for a phone and/or in-person interview during the month of July. Our decision will be made, and applicants will be notified in early August 2021.
Questions? Please email email@example.com.