Job Title Law Student - Public Interest in San Jose, CA **
Company Bay Area Legal Aid
Job Profile. Summer Law Clerk Program
The intern will work on the Youth Justice project. Interns assist staff provide a wide range of legal representation and assistance to ensure access to essential public benefits, special education services, housing, and health care services. Will have the opportunity to build cases from the ground-up; including conducting: client interviews; initial case assessments; obtaining discovery and other evidence; preparing clients for trials; writing briefs and other legal memoranda; assisting self-represented litigants; community outreach and education; and representing clients at administrative hearings and state court hearings/trials. Will also assist in drafting writs of mandamus to Superior Court and California appellate courts and participating in broader impact litigation. Interns often work on projects and cases that have a wide-ranging and lasting impact on client communities. Should have completed first year of law school. Must have a passion for social justice and poverty related issues, as well as sensitivity to working with people from diverse backgrounds. Special consideration will be given to students having a demonstrated commitment to serving low income or disadvantaged communities. Students who speak Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Russian, or other Southeast Asian languages are encouraged to apply.
Note: The organization encourages students who have completed evidence so to become certified by the CA State Bar to represent clients in court. During the school year, students commonly work 10-15 hours per week. During the summer, interns work on a full-time basis.