Law Clerk and Internship Program Openings

Description: 

Children’s Law Center hosts a comprehensive, hands-on internship program. Generally, law clerk or intern positions are available for spring, summer, or fall. The following projects within Children’s Law Center may accept law clerks or interns: Guardian ad litem Project (GAL), GAL Special Education Project, Heathy Together (HT), the Policy Team, and the Pro Bono Program. The Communications Team, Development Team, and Investigator Team may also accept interns. All positions are unpaid and can be taken for credit. Hours are flexible. As positions become available, requirements/qualifications and deadlines will be available below.

Generally, spring openings are posted in October, summer positions are posted in November and fall openings are posted in May.

Please check back for application dates for the following positions: 

Guardian ad litem Law Clerk
Applications are closed for the fall. Final application deadline is November 18.

Healthy Together Law Clerk
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Final application deadline is November 18.

Policy Law Clerk 
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Final application deadline is November 18.

Pro Bono Law Clerk & Intern
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Final application deadline is November 18.

Development Intern
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Final application deadline is November 18.

Communications Intern
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Final application deadline is November 18.

About the Programs 

GAL Law Clerks

Lawyers in our Guardian ad Litem 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.

Policy Law Clerks

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.

Healthy Together Law Clerk

Children’s Law Center’s Healthy Together is a medical-legal partnership for DC’s children. Children’s Law Center partners with Children’s National Hospital, Mary’s Center and Unity Health Care to help vulnerable children and their families overcome barriers to good health by holding agencies, landlords, and schools accountable for inappropriate school programs, the failure to provide medically necessary services, and illegal, unhealthy housing conditions. The Healthy Together Law Clerk will assist the Healthy Together team of attorneys and investigators and provide advocacy and litigation support in special education, housing conditions, access to health care and other types of cases involving health-harming legal needs. The Law Clerk may provide support and gain valuable experience in several ways including but not limited to legal research and writing, courtroom and hearing observations, home and school visits, interviewing witnesses, supporting community/clinic trainings, and more. 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/GAL Education Law Clerk

In addition to supporting Healthy Together’s work, Healthy Together’s law clerk will also provide assistance to attorneys in the GAL Education Project. The GAL Education attorneys represent educational decision-makers on behalf of children involved in abuse and neglect, truancy, or juvenile delinquency matters in DC’s Family Court. Lawyers also regularly consult with attorneys in the GAL program to provide advice and support on education issues that arise in GAL’s cases. The GAL Education Project plays an integrative role in securing much needed education and support for DC’s most vulnerable children. The ideal candidate would be interested in pursuing a career in education law or child advocacy and be committed to working with low-income populations.

Policy Intern

Working with policymakers at the local level, Children’s Law Center’s Policy Team handles legislative and regulatory matters, works on implementation of key recent policy successes, participates in policy discussions and coalitions on issues important to Children’s Law Center clients and to the health, education, and well-being of DC’s children. The Policy Intern will work on a variety of projects and policy issues, such as legislative monitoring and policy analysis, research about best practices and legislation or policy in other jurisdictions, assisting with advocacy efforts in different forums such as Public Hearings at the DC Council, and participating in local coalitions. Assignments may include data gathering and analysis, research and writing, compiling resources, local budget analysis, assisting with public testimony, and attending Public Hearings and other meetings. Requirements and qualifications 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. Applicants should be a recent graduate or a graduate-level student.

Pro Bono Law Clerk & Intern

The Pro Bono Program maximizes CLC’s impact by teaming with pro bono attorneys across the District to provide representation in custody, special education, and housing conditions cases. The Pro Bono Program also provides direct representation to children in custody cases and third-party caregivers in custody, adoption, and guardianship matters. The Pro Bono Law Clerk and Pro Bono Intern will support CLC attorneys who provide this representation.

The Pro Bono 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. 

The Pro Bono Intern will support CLC case-handling attorneys with investigative and administrative tasks, which may include records checks and requests, locating and interviewing witnesses, serving complaints, reviewing and organizing case documents, researching and locating resources for clients, and providing other support as needed. 

Requirements and qualifications for both positions 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. These positions are unpaid. Each requires a minimum of 12 hours per week.

Development Intern

Applicants should be in college or a recent graduate. Interns support the development team with a variety of tasks across the department, including event planning, data entry, marketing, and research. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, assisting with event preparation, preparing and sending out mailing campaigns, preparing binders and other materials for Board of Directors meetings, drafting and mailing daily acknowledgement letters, updating and maintaining donor records in the database (DonorPerfect), researching current and prospective donors, and providing general assistance and administrative support to the Development Team. Special projects may be assigned depending on time of year and level of experience.

Communications Intern

The communications intern duties may include, but are not limited to: Media Relations/Public Relations (such as: preparing resources and background materials including research and drafting press-related correspondence, participating in brainstorming to develop creative angles to leverage in media outreach and PR campaigns, providing thorough debriefing of PR activities), Digital Outreach (such as: assisting in developing social media content for Children’s Law Center channels, conducting social media influencer research, helping maintain and updating website, assisting in preparing email newsletter outreach and organizing and archiving digital images and videos) and Research/Reporting (such as: monitoring and reporting on online activities of relevant organizations, reporting on the performance of social media platforms for communications team attending relevant events, coalition meetings, and Council hearings/roundtables). Applicants must be a current student studying in Communications, Journalism, Marketing or Public Relations. Hours are flexible but require a minimum of 10 hours a week during the school year and 20 hours per week minimum during the summer. At least 1 year of relevant experience preferred.

Application Instructions: 

To apply, please submit the following materials in one PDF file: cover letter, resume, writing sample and references. Other specific requests may be included in each project’s job posting. Application may be submitted via mail, fax, or email to: 

Children’s Law Center
Attn: (see below) 
501 3rd Street NW
8th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20001 
jobs@childrenslawcenter.org

“Attention” or email subject line should state the season, year, and job position to which the application is being submitted, i.e. “Spring 2018 GAL Law Clerk” or “Fall 2019 Communications Intern.” No telephone calls please.

Children’s Law Center’s hiring committee may elect not to review applications which fail to submit applications in the manner requested.