Due to our staff size we are able to supervise only two or three clerks per semester. We will consider remote clerkships for students attending accredited law schools other than the University of Oregon. However, there is a preference for in-person summer clerkships. Only law students may apply.
BIPOC applicants and others coming from historically marginalized and exploited communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
We strongly encourage applicants to secure funding through their schools, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), or other public interest funding sources as we cannot guarantee any funding at this time. We willingly cooperate in any way possible to assist students to secure fellowships, stipends, or private grants that can fund their summer work with the CLDC. We are also more than happy to assist clerks attempting to secure academic or other credit through their schools.
Fall & Spring Semesters: During the academic year, the CLDC offers a variety of pro bono clerkship opportunities. The number of hours required varies depending upon the clerk and our schedules. Clerks provide research and litigation assistance to the CLDC on an assortment of government and police misconduct cases, protestor defense cases, and timely topical and legislative research topics.
Summer Program: Legal interns perform 400 hours of legal research and/or program work regarding a plethora of civil liberties issues. Law Clerks often “shadow” staff attorneys, including court appearances, action camps, trainings, and protests, as well as depositions and other litigation-based events. You will receive a very hands-on experience at activist legal support. Past interns worked on police misconduct litigation, mass-protest defense in multiple states, including work related to climate justice, animal rights, immigration, labor, anti-SLAPP defense, anti-spying and security culture, and much much more. We will also continue to develop and update our brief bank databases for attorneys, websites, activist toolkits, and presentations. Stipends available based upon financial need and experience. Please inquire for a stipend application.
Fall law clerks should submit their materials by the Second Friday of July. Decisions will be made on or about August 1. Fall term begins about October 1. Rolling applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.
Spring law clerks should submit their materials by the Second Friday of October. Decisions will be made on or about November 1. Spring term begins about January 15. Rolling applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.
Summer law clerks should submit their materials by the Second Friday of November. Decisions on 2 clerk positions will be made on or about January 2. One or two additional positions may be filled, with decisions generally being made by February 1. Summer term begins about June 15 and is a 10-week commitment.
The application period for Summer 2023 has closed.
How to Apply
To apply for a clerkship, please provide us with the following materials in electronic format (preferably a single PDF):
- Cover letter illustrating your public interest background or desires, when you want to commence your internship with us, and any other special needs or considerations we should know about in evaluating your application.
- Writing sample (preferably legal in nature; up to five pages)
- Two references, including at least one that can attest to your public interest or activist experience
- You will be required to submit our volunteer application for security screening and confidentiality purposes after you have been interviewed
- Please specify which term you are applying for in your cover letter and include your pronouns
Email to info [at] cldc.org with any concerns or questions.
Candidates will be contacted within two weeks of the application deadline to schedule telephone or in-person interviews.