CLC offers internship opportunities (also known as clerkships) to law students interested in learning about the Los Angeles County dependency court system. In addition, this practice area provides students with exposure to a wide range of child and family welfare issues.


We welcome the participation of volunteer attorneys, graduate students, and undergraduate students throughout the year.

Interns 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 essential functions performed by interns. Interested students often develop specialized research projects as well.

Interns and volunteers may 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.

Summer Law Clerk Program

The CLC summer law clerk program includes a two-day orientation and training, trips to other courts and facilities that serve children who have experienced abuse and neglect. In addition, the program features regular brown bag training sessions covering trial preparation and advocacy, sexual abuse, The Indian and Child Welfare Act (ICWA), and delinquency/dependency crossover issues. Students are also encouraged to meet informally with attorneys and hearing officers to reflect on their experiences and observations.


For Summer and Fall recruitment, please contact Elaine

To apply for an internship or our summer law clerk program, students are encouraged to submit: Cover letter; Resume; and Formal/informal transcripts (if available).