Vacancy Summer 2020 Law Clerk (Washington, DC Office)

Ad type: internships
Company: National Center for Youth Law
City: Washington, DC
Workplace street: Washington, DC
Category: Community Engagement, Outreach
Work schedule: 37.5 hours per week for 10 consecutive weeks
Posted: 3 Nov 2019
Requirements for the applicant
Job description

About NCYL

The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) advances justice by defending the rights of children and improving the systems impacting their lives. We focus on complex challenges that disproportionately impact children and communities of color and on solutions that require multiple public systems to change their policies, practices and culture.

Our work encompasses policy advocacy, research, technical assistance, public awareness, and impact litigation in the areas of child welfare (foster care), education access and equity, commercial sexual exploitation of children, juvenile justice, the school-to-prison pipeline, adolescent health, reproductive justice, and immigration.

About the Law Clerkship

Law clerks work with NCYL attorneys on litigation and policy projects. Under the mentorship of their supervising attorneys, clerks research novel issues within youth law, write legal and policy memoranda, and assist in ongoing litigation, policy, and legislative efforts. NCYL offers a robust law and policy training program to all law clerks.

NCYL is headquartered in Oakland, CA, but also offers summer law clerk positions in its Washington, DC office. See our Oakland, CA posting to apply specifically to that office, or note your interest in that location in this application, if you are open to working in either Oakland or DC.

The DC office aims to hire 2-4 summer law clerks, including litigation law clerks and one Education Civil Rights Alliance (ECRA) law clerk. Unless applicants indicate a preference to contribute to litigation or ECRA exclusively, the DC office will consider each applicant for both the litigation clerkship and the ECRA clerkship.

Education Civil Rights Alliance Clerkship

The DC office is home to NCYL’s Education Civil Rights Alliance (ECRA), a diverse and experienced group of litigators, policy counsel, organizers, educator organizations, professional associations, and civil rights organizations that are committed to protecting the civil rights of marginalized students. The ECRA law clerk will support aspects of the following ECRA projects:

  • Launching state and local campaigns aimed at eliminating illegal education inequity, harassment, and discrimination, including the inequitable distribution of resources, through legal action and other strategies;
  • Building the capacity of state Attorney General offices to protect and strengthen foundational education equity;
  • Developing, collecting, and disseminating resources to help local stakeholders ensure schools in their communities are safe, supportive, and educate students
  • Elevating the voice of educators and ensuring their lived experiences in the classroom is informing solutions; and
  • Raising public awareness of the challenges marginalized students experience, and of the potential for legal action.
  • Applicants for the ECRA clerkship must be comfortable with legal research through WestLaw and/or LexisNexis.


  • NCYL is interested in applicants with a strong commitment to social justice. In particular, applicants should demonstrate interest in protecting the rights of low-income children and youth.
  • Applicants must be current law students.
  • The required time commitment for Summer 2020 is 37.5 hours per week for ten weeks, from June to August. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible.

  • To Apply

    Please submit the following application materials:

  • Cover letter (including a description of your commitment to social justice and your specific interests in NCYL’s work)
  • Resume
  • Writing sample
  • Applicants with promising applications are contacted for a 30-minute phone interview.


    NCYL reviews applications and makes hiring decisions on a rolling basis. The final application deadline is January 17, 2020.

    Financial Assistance

    Please note that NCYL does not offer paid clerkships. However, NCYL is committed, subject to available resources, to assist those who require financial assistance in order to accept this position. NCYL encourages students to seek a clinical placement through their school or apply for outside funding to support their work. NCYL routinely works with law schools to secure academic credit for the student.


    The National Center for Youth Law is committed to hiring a group of students that reflect the racial and cultural diversity of our clients. Students of color, those who will increase the diversity of NCYL, and those with personal experience in our practice areas are strongly encouraged to apply as a summer clerk.

    NCYL is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, disability, religion, age, personal appearance, size, marital status, family responsibilities, matriculation, or genetic information.

    Contact Information
    Choose a CV to send
    File format: docx, doc, rtf, odt, pdf (2 MB maximum)
    You do not have an account, please, register.
    + Cover Letter
    I agree to the owner of the website and the company that posted the vacancy to process my personal data in accordance with the Law of Ukraine “On Protection of Personal Data” (more details)
    About an employer
    The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) uses the law to improve the lives of poor children. NCYL works to ensure that low-income children have the resources, support, and opportunities they need for ... read more