EBCLC is the community-based clinic for Berkeley Law School (University of California) during the academic year, and the largest provider of free legal services to low-income residents of Alameda County.
During the 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 seven 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.
Please note: Our internship was remote this summer. No accepted student was expected to come to the Bay Area to complete the internship.
More information about EBCLC’s Summer 2021 Internship program is forthcoming.
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 Advocacy 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 session is ten weeks long:
The Summer 2020 session is now completed. More information about the Summer 2021 session forthcoming.
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.
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?
More information about EBCLC’s Summer 2021 Internship is forthcoming.