The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is the law school’s community-based clinical program and the largest provider of free legal services to low-income Alameda County residents. EBCLC functions much like a teaching hospital, and each year 80-100 students assist thousands of clients under the supervision of instructors.
In eight clinics within five broad program areas, EBCLC staff and students take a multimodal, holistic, and collaborative approach to addressing the causes and conditions of poverty and inequality by providing legal education and outreach, brief services, full and holistic representation, and policy advocacy.
What clinics does EBCLC offer?
The eight clinics available for the upcoming semester include:
- Clean Slate Clinic
- Community Economic Justice Clinic
- Consumer Justice & General Clinic
- Education Defense & Justice for Youth – Youth Defense Clinic
- Education Defense & Justice for Youth – Education Justice Clinic
- Health & Welfare Clinic
- Housing Law Clinic
- Immigration Law Clinic
Why should I intern at EBCLC?
Gain Hands-on Lawyering Experience: EBCLC offers you the opportunity to put your classroom learning to work and to gain a broad range of experience in the real-life practice of law. With extensive substantive law and skills training, you have primary responsibility for your cases or projects, including conducting client interviews, counseling clients, negotiating settlements, drafting pleadings, and representing clients in administrative hearings and court proceedings.
Receive Close, High-Quality Supervision: EBCLC summer student applicants apply to work with one practice group and will work under the supervision of one of EBCLC’s clinical supervisors.Supervisors offer day-to-day direction on casework and projects, meet weekly to review your work, and organize regular “case rounds” for all students within a clinic.
Serve the Community: As law student interns, you make a substantial contribution to meeting the legal needs of the low-income community at a time when resources to address these needs are increasingly scarce.
Build Your Resume: Non-profit employers and private law firms know that students at EBCLC receive first-rate training and supervision. The National Association of Law Placement reports that private-sector employers place a high value on the lawyering skills students learn in clinical settings such as EBCLC.
What is my time commitment if I intern?
EBCLC Seminar (Law 289): You must enroll in the 2-unit companion seminar. The first third of the semester is devoted to substantive law and skills training. The remainder of the class focuses on materials about many of the issues that face EBCLC clients and law students. The course and clinic provide you with the opportunity to learn first-hand the practice skills and professional responsibilities of representing clients. The seminar is graded credit/no credit.
EBCLC Clinic (Law 295.5z): You must enroll for a minimum of 4 clinical units, or 16 hours per week at EBCLC (each unit = 4 hours/week). You may enroll for more than 16 hours per week in 4 hour increments and receive additional units (e.g., 20 hours/week = 5 units, 24 hours = 6 units, etc.). Although workloads may vary in any given week due to the nature of a live client practice, you will not regularly be required to work more hours than the number of units for which you are enrolled. The clinical component is graded credit/no credit.
Advanced EBCLC Clinic (Law 295.5y): As a returning student, you may enroll for any number of credits in 4 hour increments/week and receive units (e.g., 4 hours/week = 1 unit, 8 hours = 2 units, etc.). The advanced clinic is graded credit/no credit. Flexibility: In consultation with you supervisor, and with the exceptions noted above, you choose your own office hours, consistent with your schedule and the demands of casework.
How do I enroll?
- Complete on-line application on the Berkeley Law website by the posted deadline.
- Enroll in the class (Law 289).