Innovation Law Lab Summer Clerk 2020 Application

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Innovation Law Lab Summer Clerk 2020 Application

Learn for social justice.  Advocate for social justice.  Litigate for social justice.

Innovation Law Lab seeks clerks to work advancing the human rights of immigrants and refugees.  The clerkship provides an opportunity for law students to work directly with clients and get hands-on experience with impact litigation.  Past clerks worked on nationwide-precedent setting cases, engaged in civil rights litigation, developed programs for massive collaborative representation of asylum-seekers, and researched and wrote important reports on local and national immigrant rights issues.

The Summer Clerkship is a temporary position lasting at least 10 weeks.  The start date is usually in late May or early June. The length of the position and start dates are flexible.  Clerks can expect to work full-time. We expect to hire for at least two positions. One position will be based on Law Lab’s main office in Portland, Oregon; one position will be based in El Paso, Texas and will be hosted by the El Paso Immigration Collaborative (EPIC), of which Law Lab is a founding participant.   

Housing and moving expenses are the clerk’s responsibility. A stipend may be available; Innovation Law Lab will also work with the Clerk to seek funding from other sources as necessary.  

The deadline to submit your application for the Clerk 2020 position is Monday, December 2, 2019 at midnight, PST.  All the details are available below.

Application submission instructions

We try to make this process straightforward and not super-time consuming but rigorous enough so we can get the critical information we need from each applicant. If you have questions about the submission process, email them to 

Gather these things together:

  1. A law school transcript (unofficial or official, it doesn’t matter)
  2. A resume (the resume does not need to adhere to our general resume guidelines; it should, however, be as complete as possible)
  3. A cover letter. Your cover letter must: (1) Explain your commitment to social justice, or (2) Detail any past experience you have working with immigrant communities. You should also describe how you have used your English and Spanish or other language abilities in your cover letter.
  4. A writing sample – it should be your own work and words written during your law school tenure.
  5. Email (1), (2), (3) and (4)  in PDF format to by midnight PST December 2, 2019.

Things happen quickly after submission. We anticipate conducting interviews and making an offer by December 16, 2019.

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