2023 Spring Law Clerk - No longer accepting applications

The Position


NCYL seeks 9 law students to support its Washington, DC and Oakland offices during spring 2023. Under the mentorship of supervising legal or policy staff, spring clerks will work on projects impacting low-income children and youth.  

This position is a remote opportunity. As spring 2023 approaches, NCYL will continue to evaluate whether clerks will be permitted to complete any portion of the program in person. 

The Washington, DC Office 

Impact litigation law clerks in the DC office will work with a highly experienced group of litigation attorneys with strong civil rights backgrounds. Working seamlessly together with our litigators and subject-matter experts across the country, the DC office works on impact litigation projects intended to improve the lives of low-income children. 

Essential Functions of DC Office Clerks 

  • Research novel legal theories 
  • Draft legal memoranda, including complaints, motions, and declarations 
  • Assist with discovery, including reviewing discovery responses, drafting discovery requests, and assisting in deposition preparation 
  • Contribute to fact/case development, including speaking with existing or potential plaintiffs, co-counsel, and/or community partners 
  • Other support of ongoing impact litigation efforts 

The Oakland, CA Office 

The Oakland office’s staff includes policy and legal staff. Law clerks will work with a highly experienced group of attorneys and staff who work on cases and campaigns in multiple states, including work focused on the foster care system, juvenile justice, education, immigration, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and health access and equity.  

Essential Functions of Oakland Office Clerks 

  • Write legal and policy memoranda 
  • Assist in ongoing impact litigation efforts (including supporting discovery by reviewing discovery responses, drafting discovery requests, and/or helping with deposition preparation, researching and drafting motions or pleadings, and contributing to fact/case development by speaking with existing or potential plaintiffs, co-counsel, and/or community partners) 
  • Assist with administrative and legislative policy campaigns 
  • Participate in community partnership work 

Qualifications for all law clerk applicants: 

  • Current law student  
  • Knowledge and understanding of and commitment to NCYL’s mission 
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  • Belief that systemic racism exists 
  • At least 1 year of experience with and/or exposure to at least one of the following: 
    • Communities of color 
    • Low-income communities 
    • Child- or youth-centered activities 
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and complete multiple projects  
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Ability to commit 37.5 hours per week (full-time schedule), or at least 15-20 hours per week (part-time schedule), for a minimum of 10 weeks. 


Part-time law clerks will receive a stipend of $520; full-time law clerks will receive a stipend of $2,000 to defray living expenses. 

How To Apply 

No longer accepting applications.

Applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled or until October 28, 2022. Applicants must submit the following: 

  • Resume (not including GPA) 
  • Cover letter describing your particular interest in working for NCYL (including any specific issue areas of interest) and understanding of/commitment to NCYL’s mission 
  • Law school writing sample (5-7 pages) that demonstrates legal analytical skills  

NCYL will not participate in regional or school-based career fairs taking place after the October 28 deadline if all clerk spots have been filled. All students are encouraged to apply as early as they are permitted to do so by their schools. 

NCYL is committed to hiring clerks who reflect the racial and cultural diversity of our clients. Applicants with lived experience within any of our practice areas, and Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, are strongly encouraged to apply. 

It is the policy of NCYL to provide equal employment opportunities to all Applicants (including Employees) regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding, national origin, age, abilities/disabilities, neurotypicality, socioeconomic status, veteran status, marital status, prior convictions, or any other protected classifications under federal, state, or local law.