Clerkship Description

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 (at least 32 hours per week). We expect to hire for at least two positions. Clerks may work remotely or out of the Innovation Law Lab office in Portland, Oregon.

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 2023 position is Friday, December 2, 2022 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 jobs@innovationlawlab.org

To apply, please compile the following materials and submit in a single PDF to jobs@innovationlawlab.org by midnight PST December 2, 2022

  1. A cover letter. Your cover letter must: (1) explain your commitment to social justice, (2) detail any past experience you have working with immigrant communities, and (3) detail any fluency in language(s) other than English.  
  2. A CV tailored to the position.
  3. A legal writing sample – it should be your own work and be written during your law school tenure.
  4. A law school transcript (unofficial or official).

We anticipate conducting interviews and making offers by late December 2022.