We are currently accepting applications for the summer of 2022. The final application deadline for summer positions is January 19th, 2022.
Children’s Law Center (CLC) hosts a comprehensive, hands-on internship program. Law clerk and intern positions are available during spring, summer, and fall semesters. Law clerk applicants must be current law students or recent law school graduates. All positions are unpaid and can be taken for credit. Hours are flexible. Generally, spring openings are posted in October, summer positions are posted in November and fall openings are posted in May.
Please note that summer 2022 law clerk and intern positions may be offered as remote positions or as hybrid (part remote/part in-person) positions.
We are accepting applications for the following positions:
- Guardian ad litem Law Clerk
- Healthy Together (Medical-Legal Partnership) Law Clerk
- Policy Law Clerk
- Pro Bono (Family Law) Law Clerk
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The final application deadline for the summer of 2022 is January 19th, 2022.
Who We Are
At Children’s Law Center, everything we do is focused on one thing – delivering better client outcomes for kids and families in DC. Our staff are empowered to open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual curiosity, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect.
Our greatest assets are our people. We strive to attract and cultivate a vibrant, creative, and diverse community. We recognize that people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives fuel our ability to provide the best outcomes for our clients. Our staff drive Children’s Law Center’s mission with their leadership, result-orientated mindset, and commitment to cultural humility and centering the needs of our clients. We are looking for an individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment, likes to be challenged, and values the opportunity to make a difference.
Children Law Center’s success depends on recruiting and retaining individuals who possess and value these attributes.
Children’s Law Center is currently operating remotely. This position will work from home until the organization returns to the office.
At Children’s Law Center, we prioritize the health and wellbeing of our clients, employees and their families and friends. All employees must be fully vaccinated and provide proof thereof as a condition of employment, unless the employee is approved for an exemption as an accommodation due to a disability or a sincerely-held religious belief.
About the Programs
Guardian ad litem Law Clerk
Lawyers in our Guardian ad litem (GAL) program represent children who are the subject of abuse and neglect cases in DC’s Family Court. GAL attorneys advocate for DC’s abused and neglected children, fighting to find safe homes and ensure that children receive the services they need to overcome the trauma that first brought them into the child welfare system. The GAL law clerk will assist the GAL team and provide advocacy and litigation support in child welfare cases. The GAL law clerk may provide support and gain valuable experience in several ways including but not limited to legal research and writing, courtroom, hearing, and other case-related observations, and other assignments as needed. The law clerk will receive one-on-one supervision by an attorney and will work with a team of attorneys. The ideal candidate would be interested in pursuing a career in public interest, legal services and/or child and family advocacy and be committed to working with low-income populations.
Healthy Together (Medical-Legal Partnership) Law Clerk
Healthy Together is a medical-legal partnership for DC’s children. Healthy Together partners with pediatricians across the city to address legal barriers to children’s health. We do this by advocating in a variety of legal settings for medically-necessary health services, special education supports, family-stabilizing public benefits, habitable housing conditions, and more. Additionally, Healthy Together provides trainings to medical providers and community members about legal issues impacting children’s health.
The Healthy Together law clerk will provide advocacy and litigation support in special education, housing conditions, health insurance, and other cases involving health-harming legal needs. The law clerk will gain valuable experience through conducting intake interviews, legal research and writing, courtroom observations, home and school visits, interviewing witnesses, supporting community trainings, and more. The law clerk will receive one-on-one supervision by a senior attorney and will work with a team of attorneys. The ideal candidate would be interested in pursuing a career in direct legal services and be committed to working with low-income populations. This position is unpaid. All applicants must be current law students or recent law school graduates. Summer law clerks are expected to work full-time; fall and spring law clerks must dedicate at least 15 hours per week to the clerkship.
Policy Law Clerk
Children’s Law Center’s Policy Program works with the Mayor, District Agencies, and the DC Council to develop citywide recommendations that ensure local policies, legislation, funding, and programs meet the needs of all District children. The Policy Program seeks law students or recent law school graduates for the Spring 2020 clerkship position. Policy clerkships offer clerks: the opportunity to engage in important oversight activities related to local agencies’ performance and budget; exposure to legislative processes such as lobbying and observation of hearings at the Council; legal analysis, research, and writing to support CLC policy positions in a variety of forums; and more.
Law clerks may have a broad range of responsibilities including, but not limited to, researching and writing about legal issues, interviewing clients and witnesses, attending external meetings, attending the DC Council’s legislative meetings and committee hearings, and assisting with the drafting of written testimony. CLC Policy clerks are unpaid and are supervised one-on-one by a Senior Policy Attorney.
Requirements and qualifications include: excellent analytical ability, strong oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, basic understanding of the local legislative process, commitment to working in support of low-income populations, and willingness and enthusiasm to complete all tasks.
Pro Bono (Family Law) Law Clerk
Children’s Law Center Family law attorneys provide direct representation in DC family law matters, representing children in custody cases and third-party caregivers in custody, adoption, and guardianship cases. The Family Law Law Clerk will support CLC attorneys in these matters.
The Family Law Law Clerk will support CLC case-handling attorneys by researching and writing about legal issues, drafting motions and other pretrial or trial materials, interviewing clients and witnesses, assisting in investigative tasks, attending court proceedings, and providing other support as needed on family law matters. Applicants must be a current law student or recent law school graduate.
Requirements and qualifications for the position include strong interpersonal skills, excellent analytical ability, strong writing skills, solid academic background, commitment to working with low-income populations, and willingness and enthusiasm to complete all tasks. The position is unpaid and requires a minimum of 12 hours per week.
Please note that summer 2022 law clerk and intern positions may be offered as remote positions or as hybrid (part remote/part in person) positions.
To apply, please submit the following materials in one PDF file: cover letter, resume, writing sample and 3 professional references. Law clerk positions require that applicants are either currently enrolled in or recently graduated from law school. Other specific requirements may be included in each project’s job posting. Submit applications via CLC’s career page (https://childrenslawcenter.org/get-involved/careers/).
Children’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and existing employees. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to ancestry, age, color, disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law, ordinance, or regulation. We invite you to visit us here to learn more about our organization and our career opportunities (https://childrenslawcenter.org/get-involved/careers/).
Children’s Law Center is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. If you believe that you need accommodation to search for, or apply for, one of our positions please send an email to Jobs@ChildrensLawCenter.org. In your email, please include the accommodation you are requesting and the job title you are applying for. It may take up to three business days to receive a response to your request.