Innovation Law Lab Summer Clerk 2021 Application

by Jose Cruz — Posted in jobs on November 10, 2020

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 massive collaborative representation projects 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.  Innovation Law Lab staff are currently working remotely due to public health conditions.  We anticipate that remote work may continue through the summer of 2021.  If in-person work has resumed by the time of the clerkship, clerks would have the option to work out of our Portland, Oregon office.   

The position is unpaid; Innovation Law Lab will work with the Clerk to seek funding from other sources as necessary.  

The deadline to submit your application for the Clerk 2021 position is Friday, December 11, 2020 at midnight, PST.  All the details are available below.

Application submission instructions

We try to make this process straightforward and not too time consuming while still rigorous enough that we can receive the critical information we need from each applicant. If you have questions about the submission process, please email them to

Gather these things together:

  1. A law school transcript (unofficial or official, it doesn’t matter).
  2. A resume.
  3. A cover letter. Your cover letter must: (1) explain your commitment to social justice, and (2) detail any past experience you have working with immigrant communities. Please also detail any fluency in language(s) other than English.   
  4. A legal writing sample – it should be your own work and be written during your law school tenure.
  5. Email (a), (b), (c) and (d)  in PDF format to by midnight PST December 11, 2020.

We anticipate conducting interviews and making an offer by January 2021.  



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