East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) comprises the eight (8) community-based clinics for UC Berkeley School of Law during the academic year, and is one of the largest providers of free legal services to low-income residents of Alameda County, California.
During the full-time summer session, EBCLC welcomes students from ALL law schools.
EBCLC is a nationally-recognized poverty law clinic founded by Berkeley Law students in 1988 with the dual mission of providing high quality legal services to low-income clients and first-rate clinical education to law students.
In eight (8) clinics within five broad programs areas, EBCLC staff and students take a multimodal 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.
EBCLC is now accepting applications for Summer 2022.
Please note: Our staff is currently working primarily remotely. EBCLC’s Summer Internship Program will be primarily remote with possible exceptions where you may be invited to join your supervisor and team on a one-off basis. As EBCLC’s office reopening plans for the summer develop further, we will keep applicants apprised. EBCLC’s Summer 2022 program is scheduled to operate from Tuesday, May 31, 2022 to Friday, July 29, 2022.
What clinics does EBCLC offer?
The eight clinics for Summer include:
- Clean Slate Clinic
- Community Economic Justice Clinic
- Consumer Justice & General Clinic
- Education Defense & Justice for Youth: Youth Defender 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 legal work, 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 practice group.
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: Employers in the private, government and non-profit sectors are looking for students who are “practice-ready,” and they highly value the practical skills and professional responsibility students learn in clinical settings such as EBCLC.
What is my time commitment if I intern?
The Summer 2022 session is nine weeks long (Tuesday, May 31, 2022 to Friday, July 29, 2022).
Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Workloads in any given week may vary due to the nature of a live client practice, but you will not regularly be required to work more hours than anticipated.
Please note: Our staff is currently working primarily remotely. EBCLC’s Summer Internship Program will be primarily remote with possible exceptions where you may be invited to join your supervisor and team on a one-off basis. As EBCLC’s office reopening plans for the summer develop further, we will keep applicants apprised.
What qualifications must I have to intern?
No specific previous training or coursework is required; however, a demonstrated commitment to serving low-income, minority and underrepresented individuals and groups, and/or previous experience in one of our practice areas or in public interest law is highly desirable, as is second language ability in any of the following: Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, or Farsi.
EBCLC staff will work with students to secure funding through fellowships from law schools and other public interest sources; however, we are unable to offer compensation for summer internship positions.
How do I apply?
You can find the online application for the Summer 2022 Internship program below.
Summer 2022 Law Student Internship